16th-18th September 2016 Clifton Stampede
There was a new sound on the airways in the early 1970’s when a song called
“Wanted Man” roared up the Australian music charts.
This was the opening salvo of an extraordinary career and the introduction to a singer/songwriter son distinctive, he would become the vanguard of the “New Country” cross over in Australia.
Lee’s rare ability to craft songs was recognized by the Australian federation of Broadcasters when his original album “Stories We Could Tell” won “Best Album,
Single and Song”
The boy from the back streets of Fitzroy was developing quite a reputation with his magnetism, distinctive voice and professionalism.
Touring nationally and internationally became a way of life.
Jerry Lee Lewis regarded Lee as his own personal discovery, recorded with him and even took Lee to Gracelands to meet the “King”…. Unfortunately for Lee,
Elvis had left the building!
It wasn’t long before Lee headlined the prestigious “International Festival of Country Music” at Wembley together with Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Bobby Bare and
The Charismatic and distinctive style stunned British audiences and his talent was acknowledged at the London Palladium when Lee was presented with the
“Most Promising Performer of Great Brittain” award.
Lee’s single “All I Want To Do In Life” went #3 on the U.S and Canadian music charts with the top places filled by “Ghost Riders In The Sky” by Johnny Cash and “California”
By Glen Campbell…..No mean feat for a boy from downunder!
Fame and success carry a high price after representing Australia during the ANZAC Festival in Japan. Lee returned home to record the best selling “Big Iron” album.
Headlining major country music festivals, touring locally and working on his 42’ boat,
gave him time to write, relax and record.
It wasn’t too long before Lee was back in the limelight hosting the nationally and internationally popular “Conway Country” television show.
Lee has enjoyed many memorable moments in his career and being selected to appear at the Royal Command Performance before Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip was definitely a career highlight. After presentation to the Royal couple, Prince Phillip quipped,
“Do you gargle with gravel”.
The prolific songwriting ability is not confined to country music, for many years Lee has written and produced many award winning television and radio commercials.
“Gone Fishing” a duet written and recorded by Lee and Col Elliott some years ago remains one of the most popular video clips on CMTV.
Lee’s recent sabbatical gave him time to concentrate his formidable songwriting abilities
And take talented newcomer Adam Harvey under his wing. Writing and producing a song for Adam which was awarded “Best Country” at the recent South Pacific Song Contest.
For more than 40years, Lee has been regarded as one of Australia’s most loved and respected country music artists and carved a special place in the hearts of all music fans.
Lucky Starr is one of the founding members of the Australian Pop Music Industry. A regular on television shows such as Bandstand and also hosted Six O'Clock Rock for one season. He also made regular appearances on Mavis Bramston, Revue 60-61 In Melbourne Tonight, Sing Sing Sing, plus many other entertainment shows.In 1962 Lucky recorded a hit record "I've Been Everywhere", which to date still remains one of Australia's all time favourites. The record received the highest accolade in the music industry, the Platinum Award.1963 saw Lucky performing in the United States on the Nevada Circuit, The Flamingo in Las Vegas, The Mapes in Reno and Harvey's in Lake Tahoe. Also in the same year Lucky signed a recording contract with Dot Records in Los Angeles, releasing five singles. His agency was Coast Artist, signing performers such as Harry Belafonte, Jimmy Rodgers and Billy Eckstein. As a result of his American trips, Lucky was invited to work the Hilton Hotel Chain world wide spending several years working these prestigious rooms.Lucky was also the first Australian performer to entertain the troops in Vietnam; in fact paying his own way there and made five subsequent trips into the war zone.2002 and 2003 saw Lucky touring with "Long Way To The Top", an Arena Spectacular which toured Australia's capitals and regional centres. The show featured the cream of Australia's entertainers from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Due to its popularity it become the subject of an ABC Television special.Lucky's style ranges from Rock & Roll, to Country through to Jazz and is in fact similar to the late great Bobby Darin.These days his polished performing style has him working full time in the business he loves.
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
Evelyn Bury is joining us for 2013 and what a talented artist this lady is.
Over the past 30 years Evelyn Bury has accumulated many awards for performance, recording and song writing, including the coveted Golden Guitar in 1988. She was included in the top twenty international female hit makers of the decade in the 1990's alongside such names as Dolly Parton and the Judds.
A selection Records contract has seen her release twelve solo albums and over twenty compilations, many of which have been her own compositions. Songs such as 'It's Midnight' and Come Follow Me' taking out Contemporary and Gospel sections in the TSA awards. Many of her songs have been recorded by artists such as Reg Poole, Paul McCloud, Barry Thornton and many others.
She was inducted into the 'Hands of Fame' in Tamworth in 1991, with similar accolades in South Australia and Queensland.
Evelyn is still touring and performing at many festivals around Australia and remains highly esteemed in the Country Music Industry.
Chris Callaghan (Johnny Cash Tribute)
LIVING in his caravan while touring the nation, country music singer Chris Callaghan thinks he's living the dream.
He combines his original music with a special Johnny Cash tribute show in his performances.
Callaghan has been performing since he was 11.
Now in his 50s, he thinks he's better than ever.
Callaghan will perform his first Gladstone show next weekend at the QRI Music Hall.
For the past two years Callaghan has transformed his performance into a Johnny Cash tribute.
"I've got glasses normally but I use contacts when I'm in my show, if I used my glasses I'd have to do a Buddy Holly tribute," he laughed.
"It was a huge learning curve for me.
"One of the big things was doing a show with a seven-piece orchestra," he said.
"Even though it's been more than 40 years, I'm still good."
He said every minute and every note is rehearsed to give the audience the best experience possible.
As a young musician, he said Johnny Cash was a great influence.
"It never ceases to amaze me how fortunate I am to be able to sing these songs and have people connect with them.
"It's extremely rewarding."
Callaghan draws on his experiences travelling through Australia for his original music.
"Prior to living in the central coast of NSW not long ago I was in Alice Springs for 14 years.
"I was singing to the tourists.
"It's amazing the affect this country has on you when you're driving through it.
"A lot of my songs are the places I've been and the people I've met.
"When you get to go out and see Australia, it's a very interesting place ... it's a song writer's paradise," he said
Callaghan was invited to perform at the QRI Hall from one of the social club's members.
It'll be his first time in Gladstone.
"I do know that it's a mining town.
"I've heard that everyone's doing it a little bit tough at the moment too," he said.
Gordon Larkin was raised outside Kempsey in the Macleay Valley of NSW, in the area now known as The Cradle of Country Music. He has been singing and playing a guitar since his early teens, winning a Talent Quest on 'Slim Dusty's Touring Show'in 1954. Around this time he regularly appeared on Radio 2KM Kempsey.
Over the years he has performed on many touring shows and has shared the stage with such artists as Chad Morgan, Buddy Williams, Gordon Parsons, Shorty Ranger, Trevor Day, Athol McCoy, Rex Dallas, Jean Stafford, Barry Thornton, Olive Bice, John McSweeney, Desree Crawford, Country Boys and many others.
Gordon is equally at home on any stage be it the back of a truck, a pub or a city club. He has also appeared under the big top of The Gill Brothers Rodeo.
Business and family commitments put his singing career on hold for several years until the 1980's when he resumed singing and became involved with the country music club scene in South East Queensland. He appeared on numerous club shows and competitions, winning many awards and titles including 'Lismore Cedar Guitar'winner in 1987 and 'Queensland Champion of Champions' Yodeler in 1990. Gordon retired after this and is now a recognized judge at club festivals and talent quests when his touring schedule permits.
A regular performer at Tamworth for many years. Gordon was honoured to be a guest artist on the 'Tex Morton Memorial Show' which incorporated the unveiling of the Tex Morton Bust. He has a large repertoire of songs ranging from Tex Morton yodels and Australian Bush Ballads to contemporary songs. He has released a total of four (4) CD's The Best of Gordon Larkin, Gordon Larkin On And Off The Stage, Remembers the Pioneers and Son of the Macleay. Since 1990 Gordon has been working with the legendary Çhad Morgan Music Show'touring all over Australia.
One of Tamworths new up and coming stars has just completed her first Album with LBS Studios and is a wonderful talent @ just 16years of age.
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.
Tappin' Teddy Thompson
Our Ted has been around Country Music for a long time now and is a pleasure to work with. He is funny and talented. He can sing a good old or new song and everyone loves our Teddy.
Kylie Castle is an unassuming singer/songwriter with a remarkable capacity to elicit emotion from songs. It is not unusual to sit transfixed as a story unfolds before you or to close your eyes and be lost in a moment, only to open them to a powerful display of vocal ability or infectious toe-tapping. With her congenial and unpretentious personality, Kylie Castle’s distinctive and dynamic vocals have been enjoyed by many in pubs, paddocks and festivals, cafes, clubs and churches, backyards, barns and beaches. Her long awaited debut album “Dusty Bottle” is a breath of fresh country air.
As a child, the only way her parents could get Kylie to sing was to allow her to hide behind the big old timber kitchen door. A few records and the ABC’s wireless transmissions of the day were the source of music for the young child who loved to participate in life on their wheat and cattle property near Wandoan, Queensland. A rare rendition of ‘Grass Hopper Loose in Queensland’ is one that friends remember well.
The death of Slim Dusty led her to pen her first song, “The Friend I’ve never Met,” which continues to be a regular request as does ‘Dusty Bottle’ a light-hearted favourite. Kylie’s love of this great country, its remarkable people, and the stories told by songs, has always been an inspiration to her throughout her entire life. Sharing the beauty of this unique nation and its people is close to her heart and she believes important in keeping the spirit of Australia alive.
Kylie Castle is an unassuming singer/songwriter with a remarkable capacity to elicit emotion from songs. It is not unusual to sit transfixed as a story unfolds before you or to close your eyes and be lost in a moment, only to open them to a powerful display of vocal ability or infectious toe-tapping. With her congenial and unpretentious personality, Kylie Castle’s distinctive and dynamic vocals have been enjoyed in pubs, paddocks and festivals, cafes, clubs and churches, backyards, barns and beaches.
After many years of requests from her audiences for CDs, Kylie has selected from her songbook, 12 country songs to share. Teaming up with producer and guitar legend, Stuie French and accompanied by select, experienced musicians, Kylie Castle has released a quality debut album. Two of her songs from this album were nominated for the TSA/APRA New Songwriter Award 2014 and the single, ‘Dusty Bottle’ won the ‘Daryl Kirkup Award 2014′ (CRS Publishing) With a great variety of original songs, Kylie Castle’s ‘Dusty Bottle’ is a country delight.
Kylie's much anticipated debut album is on sale now. Dusty Bottle contains a marvellous mix of country songs featuring Kylie's unique style and voice, highlighting her talents not only as a singer but as a songwriter as well. It consists of twelve original tracks masterfully produced by one of Australia's premier producers, Stuie French.
Wild Spurs Band (Paul Hiles, Jimmy Williams, Ray Cullen, Carl Rowlands & Ian Geoffrey Wilson).
Bruce McCumstie is someone you easily recognise as being a “true blue” Aussie. His face tells a story of a life enriched by the highs and lows of farming, rodeo, mustering and even club & pub management thrown into the mix. With a lifetime of experiences expressed through his own songs and love and commitment to true country music - that’s our Australian Singer /Songwriter Bruce McCumstie. His “TRUE BLUE” persona spans a career performing all around our beautiful Australia for several decades, not the least of which was fourteen years of main stage Gympie Muster, every Tamworth festival bar one since the beginning and four continuous years and over 900 shows of his all Australian presentation, "Throw the Billy On", in the Hunter Valley Vineyards, where he was entertaining tourists from around Australia and all over the world.
Bruce was inducted into the “Country Music Hands of Fame” in Tamworth in 2011 and was a feature artist that year in the iconic “Roll of Renown Concert”. He was also invited back to be part of the Gympie Muster’s 25th Anniversary celebrations. He is the very essence of everything Australian and in his “Throw the Billy On” shows, he enjoys performing songs from across the years of Australian Music. Country of course, all Australian definitely and including songs that are more widely recognised as popular music but are country flavoured in his shows.
BUT - he does have “another hat” as “WILLIE” - performing in his several tribute shows as “Willie” - Bruce’s lifelong admiration for the great Willie Nelson has given him the honour of being acclaimed as one of the best Willie Nelson tribute performers in the world and this by several artists and musicians who have actually worked with the great Willie Nelson. Those performances include none less than SELLOUT shows at leading Australian venues, Crown Casino in Melbourne, Burswood Casino in Perth and Jupiters in Townsville. His production shows , "Luv Ya Willie", "Stardust" , “Legends of Country” "Strictly Nashville” and most recently “4 Highwaymen” have thrilled audiences across Australia. He now performs paying tribute to "Willie" with 4 Highwaymen with Rob Wilson as Waylon, Alan Bowles as Johnny and Bryen Willems as Kris and their associated shows "Waylon and Willie" with Rob Wilson and Willie & Kris with Bryen Willems and his solo jazz class tribute “Stardust” with mate Phil Weaver on piano.
Bridget O’Shannessy is a 16-year-old country music singer/songwriter. Although she is based in Brisbane, Australia she travels all over Queensland and New South Wales to play her original songs and altered covers of classics to her rapidly growing fan-base. Some of these shows include opening up for the Brisbane International Tennis, headlining performer at Beef 2015, centre stage Anthem for PBR Rodeo, opening for Gotye’s ‘The Basics’, Tamworth Country Music Festival main stages.
Briget had recently returned from her very first overseas trip to Nashville. She got to experience the wonderous world of songwriting, performance and music by attending the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Spring Training where she met many professional songwriters, pluggers and publishers. Bridget played every night in Nashville at a different venue (Soulshine, Kimbros Cafe, The Nashville Palace, etc.) where she made a big impact on her audience. Following her trip to Nashville she performed for Jeff Garner's Prophetik Fashion Show in Van Couver, Canada.
She began her singing journey at the age of just 9-years-old in the South Burnett, inspired by her family's love for classic country music. From there she began to perform and write her own songs and hasn't been able to stop.
An energetic performer, she has played at various festivals across Australia with her shows featuring her catchy original tunes from upbeat country rock to stunning heartfelt ballads - along with country classics everyone can sing along to.
Bridget has released three of her original songs on iTunes and YouTube reaching over 90,000 views.