20th-22th September 2019 Clifton Stampede

Graham Rodger Graham has had many more awards if you wish to go to his website to read more www.grahamrodger.com.auSince resigning as a Queensland Ambulance Officer and becoming a full time professional entertainer, Graham has made a huge impression on the industry. His name has become synonymous throughout the land with quality Australian Ballads. He performs across the country bringing his show to outback towns in the style of the travelling Slim Family show. Graham is a passionate Australian who enjoys entertaining. Being able to write and sing Aussie Bush Ballads and to share his great love of our nation with others gives him a great deal of pleasure. Keeping Australia and Australians as his major theme for his ballads ensures that Graham will always uphold the traditions cemented by the late Slim Dusty. Slim was one of the many within the industry who acknowledged Graham’s exceptional writing skills and was pleased on several occasions to record his material. One ballad so impressed and expressed Slim's feelings that the family had Dick Smith recite it as a poem at Slim's funeral. The number of awards that Graham has won, particularly at Tamworth is a tribute to his talents. On several occasions he has taken out the People’s Choice Award for Male Vocalist of the Year which reflects on the quality of his voice, however his talents do not stop there. Graham has won fifty-seven Major Awards across Australia. You only have to sit back and listen to some of his CDs and you will fully appreciate the depth of that talent. Born and raised in the rural town of Gympie . It is often asked which has the greatest influence on Graham’s works – his passion or his talent. Whatever the answer to that question, Graham's songs will transport you into the theatre of your mind. When composing a ballad he does not just tell a story, Graham paints a very vivid picture. You will not be disappointed with any of his CDs. Album No. 11 "STRONGER FOR IT ALL" - NEW CD 2012 OUT AUGUST 3 Finals nominations Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards 2011 Finalist in the Golden Guitars 2010 (Bush Ballad) 3 Finals nominations "Gidgee Coal" Awards 2010 Finalist in the "Songmaker Award" 2010 3 Finals nominations in the TSA Songwriters Salute Awards 2010 Four finals nominations in the TSA National Songwriting Award of Australia 2010 Finalist "Heritage Track of the Year" Southern Stars Ind. CM Awards 2009 4 Finalists nominations People's Choice Awards 2009 1 Finalists nomination TIARA Awards 2009 4 Finalists nominations TSA Awards 2009 Finals nomination in The Golden Guitar Awards 2009 - Bush Ballad 2 Finalist nomination Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballads Awards 2009 Winner Golden Medallion "Songwriter of the Year" 2008
DENNIS MORGAN has had to cancel due to his wife Patricia being ill. I know you all join me in wishing them the best @ this difficult time. Darryl Craft has graciously accepted to take Dennis's spots. Thank you to Darryl I know you will all enjoy Darryl as well this will be his first time to my festival.
Sharon Smith Sharon was born in Pittsworth, Queensland. She has resided in the Pittsworth and Oakey region most of her life. Boxing was a sport that most of the Smith Family was involved in, Sharon following suit. Winning a Queensland Welterweight Title when she was 18 Sharon was a bass player for 10 years for some well known names in Australian Bush Ballad music industry like Keith Jamieson, Jeff Brown, Dean Perrett and many more. 2006 Sharon started her solo career singing at many Festivals. In 2009 Sharon entered the Australian Bush Balladeers Association’s Bush Balladeer Star Quest and made the final 4. Sharon won the Bush Balladeer Star Quest. Since then, Sharon released her first album titled “The Road Of Life” and has received 2 awards, Pittsworth Gidgee Coal Encouragement Award and Gold Medallion Award QLD New Talent Of The Year. 2010 Sharon was nominated in the final 3 in the New Talent Award at Bungendore Country Muster. Another great experience was the Country Music Academy, Sharon was one of 21 senior students at the Academy in 2010. 2013 has proved to be another memorial year with the release of her second album “It’s The Only Life For Me” and the birth of her daughter Kimberlee Jane.
Maggie Stokes Born Margaret Kay Carmody in Cunnamulla on 7.9.1952. Only child born to Jack and Beatrice Carmody. Jack was born in Cairns in 1926 on 31st October, and lived in Brisbane most of his life his family living at St Lucia his Grandfather and Grandmother owned a dairy/farm where the University of Queensland now sits. They owned from the University to Lone Pine. Beatrice Brown daughter of Geroge and Emma (nee Bradley). George Brown was a drover and also sang Country (Maggie only found out a few years before Emma passed away). Maggie lived in Cunnamulla until she was 8 years old then her parents moved to Dalby stayed there for 2 years and then moved to the Redcliffe Peninsula. Maggie lived there and did a Hairdressing apprenticeship. Getting married in 1972 she moved to Banyo in Brisbane. She had her first daughter Katrina in 1974 and moved back to Margate when her Dad Jack had a heart attack in 1975. Maggie had another daughter Melissa in 1977 and her third daughter Cassandra in 1979. Then she and her family transferred to Rockhampton in October 1979. She moved to Gladstone in 1981 then back to Redcliffe in 1983. Moving to Greenslopes in Brisbane to live in 1985. Separating from her husband in 1996 and divorcing. Maggie met her husband Graham after separating and they married in 1999. They lived in Holland Park Brisbane where Maggie moved to after separating. They sold this home in 1999 and moved to their current home at Goomburra. Maggie always wanted a horse and they purchased a horse two now 12 years later they have 30 horses (she just loves them). Maggie joined a Country Music Club in 2008 having wanted to sing for several years. She took to it right away now playing guitar as well. She released her first CD in 2010 at the Stanthorpe Stampede. Maggie is now trying her hand at song writing and intends to include two of her first songs on her second CD which she had dedicated to her Dad Jack who passed away on 1st July 2011. Finalist New Talent Gidgee Coals 2012 Encourage Award Gidgee Coals 2012 Finalist New Talent Bungendore 2014.
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Wild Spurs Band (Paul Hiles, Carl Rowlands . Ian Geoffrey Wilson, Jimmy Williams, Ray Cullen & Tony Wagner).

Viv & Chris Boyss

Introducing Chris & Viv. Boys from Tassie. Viv started playing old time dance music in her parents band, at 12 yrs old & Chris joined the band at 18 yrs old. Love blossomed & they married at 21. Formed their own group & played two nights a week in Tassie. They spent two yrs on Long Island in the whitsunday islands, playing six nights a week. In 1986 a huge car smash put then both in hospital for five months. Due to memory loss Chris put the music on hold until 2013 & now they are back with a vengeance. They have just released their second CD & bookings are rolling in.




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Neville Burton | Reply 24.09.2019 19:58

A great country music festival

William Smith | Reply 05.09.2019 14:11

Do you have a detailed program for Sat 21st September, the times come up and thats all. Coming up from Brisbane.

Maggie 12.09.2019 10:36

Hi William the programme is on the website now.

Maggie 06.09.2019 10:09

I am doing the program now William so will put up as soon as I can.

Janice | Reply 02.05.2019 11:48

looks great looking forward tto it

Maggie 29.08.2019 11:33

That's great glad you are looking forward to the show so am I and enjoy it every year. Just love seeing everyone enjoy and catching up with friends old and new

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24.09 | 19:58

A great country music festival

12.09 | 10:36

Hi William the programme is on the website now.

06.09 | 10:09

I am doing the program now William so will put up as soon as I can.

05.09 | 14:11

Do you have a detailed program for Sat 21st September, the times come up and thats all. Coming up from Brisbane.

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