14th-16th September 2018 Clifton Stampede
Owen Blundell is an Australian country music singer. He first hit the country music scene in the mid-1980s. He has been a finalist five times for the category of Male Vocalist at the Australian Country Music Awards, and has received an award from APRA for a most played country song.
He is from the Snowy Mountains but has spread like "wildfire" since the start of his career.
He has been described as the best-kept secret in Australia and has steadily built a global fan base with his strong work ethic. He has toured nationally, to New Zealand and also appeared on television programs such as Sixty Minutes and The Ray Martin Show.
Blundell has recorded 14 albums. He can perform, write songs, yodel, and do impersonations. Owen lists Jimmy Barnes and Black Sabbath as just two of his influences. Blundell was brought to the attention of Triple M's Wil & Lehmo show, when Lehmo's mother revealed the secret of Blundell to the world when she mistook singer Ben Lee for him in a segment of Can Lehmo's Mum guess who the celebrity is?.
1960 - Owen was born on the 22 March in Tumut, New South Wales, Australia, he is 10 minutes older than his twin brother Ian,
At the age of 5 or 6 they would learn little songs from their mother singing around the house and his sister who played a lot of 78 records, their parents encouraged Owen and Ian to sing their little ditty's for the manager and the overseer on the property Red Hill Station their father worked on
Owen and Ian were paid 10 or 20 cents a song, Owen was singing at an early age in school concerts and often took the lead role.
1976 - Owen first heard Yodelling in Canberra in Civic Mall playing on speakers outside a music shop. When he heard it he loved it and has been a Frank Ifield fan ever since. He bought the “She Taught Me How to Yodel” tape and took it home and tried it but couldn't do it yet. He started to discover other singers like Slim Whitman, Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams, Tex Morton, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Dusty Rankin, and Wilf Carter. After learning quite a few songs he started singing around the rodeos and camp drafts for anyone who would hear him. He did all his early shows playing just a set of spoons because he couldn't play guitar.
Joined the local Country Music Club.
1983 - First trip to Tamworth to have a look. He rode up on a Honda 750 motorbike and stayed for only two days but that was enough to inspire him to work harder on guitar and write more songs.
1985 – Released his first album on Selection “Snowy Mountain Yodeller”.
1986 – Featured in a documentary on 60 minutes about his song “Jodie”
1990 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1999 - Owen yodelled full time until he was 39 then he developed nodules on his vocal chords.
2003 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2004 - People’s Choice Awards – Best Heritage Song with “The Slim Dusty Show”.
2007 - Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Duo with Brian Letton with “Rolling Wagon”.
He has appeared on the Ray Martin Show, That's Country Today Country Crossroads on aurora channel 183 and various other TV shows over the last 15 years.
With an easy going personality, Owen has always been approachable by his ever increasing fans is what keeps him going.
Owen has developed into an all round entertainer. Featured in his show are impersonations of many well known artists. The most popular of these being Frank J Spencer: Described by many as the funniest and most energetic comedy act to come along in years.
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
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.
Wild Spurs Band (Paul Hiles, Carl Rowlands & Ian Geoffrey Wilson).
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