Goomburra Stampede 23rd-25th August

Goomburra Stampede 23rd -25th August 2013

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Sandy Thorne is Australia's best selling author of outback humour.

Her ten titles having sold over 400,000 copies. Click on the highlighted books for more information and mail order details.

Sandy's new book: "Old-Timers",
will be released by Allen and Unwin publishers late Oct. and available at all good bookstores.
Wonderful stories of unusual and interesting lives, from “great old-timers”. Being the last generation to have experienced a childhood where buggies, bullock-wagons and Clydies pulling ploughs were still a common sight, a couple of the stories are naturally about great horsemen, but all backgrounds are very different.

To name a few: steam-train driver; coalminer; cattleman; (Greek) cafe proprietor; Changi survivor and wharfie; wool-classer, WW2 intelligence operative; policeman; publican; pilot; politician; newspaperman; horse-trainer; jockey; fisherman, opal-miner, sculptor and deep-sea diver.

All are inspiring, e.g., the 82 year-old trainer still riding trackwork (even with his leg in plaster!); the 83 year old ex-copper still teaching riot squad and self-defence tactics; the 86 year-old woolclasser still working in the shearing sheds....

Come and meet them – our “great old-timers” - you'll laugh, cry, experience their fear and fr


          Share their triumphs. You'll want to shake their hands.

Come along and enjoy some great Australian Bush Ballads

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.

Merv Maltman

RIP 07.12.2012

Sadly Merv will not be with us this end as he lost his battle with the dreaded 'C' (Cancer).  However, we are having a competition dedicated in his honour. I have left his Bio below for those of you to know the talented man himself.

Merv just won a Golden Guitar 2012 in Tamworth for writing 'Channel Country Ground' which was sung by Dean Perrett & Lee Kernaghan.  Sadly the biggest year for his success was also the year of his death.
Merv Mal tman  was born on  the 17th of July 1951  in  Nambour    Queensland and passed away on 7th December 2012 in Warwick Queensland.

Gordon Larkin

Gordon Larkin - Profile

Gordon has been singing and yodelling since he was nine years old. He purchased a guitar at 14 years and the first song he learnt was "When the Rain Tumbles Down in July".

Singing became second in line when he married and had a family.  In 1990 Bill Mills rang Gordon and told him that Chad Morgan was looking for someone to travel with him this worked out very well and they are still together today. They’ve travelled from Cooktown in the north, to the bottom of Tasmania. It's now their 19th year together and most of that time, Gordon has been the tour manager for the "Chad Morgan Show". They mostly work hotels, clubs and festivals.

At the Kempsey Country Music Festival, on the 21st of September - Gordon was awarded the "Lifetime Dedication to Country Music" award. At the same festival, Frank Ifield was awarded the "Living Legend Award"

Maggie Stokes

Maggies’ Bio

Born Margaret Kay Carmody in Cunnamulla.  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 to 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.  Maggies' new CD has been released 'Cunnamulla Girl' last November and sales are going well.

Slim Jones

Slim is one of those special artists he can hold the audience in the palm of his hand.  When this performer is on stage you could hear a pin drop.  He is a talented writer/singer.  We are privileged to have him at our Stampede 2012.

Alan Mackey



Alan Mackey is a contemporary country/folk singer/songwriter who now calls Toowoomba home. Born in Surfers Paradise, he grew up in Tasmania and Central West Queensland.


From the mid 70's till 1989 Alan travelled the East Coast and Western Queensland as a professional musician, predominantly in the country and country rock fields. In this period he released a single called "Disco Disease”, an album of his own songs called "1 A.M." on Wellshot Records, and in 1989, with Ewan MacKenzie, a cricket song called "Border's Boys", backed with a tribute to Slim Dusty called "Slim's Old Saddle Boy", which received significant airplay on radio and television nationally.


Through the 80's he also wrote and performed Australia wide advertising jingles.


Alan took a break in the 90's to help his two children through High School and University and returned to live music performance in the late 90’s.


In December 2005, Alan released "Like Jacaranda". Recorded at Marc Lea’s Regency Sound Studios, the CD featured 12 of Alan's own songs and gained extensive airplay nationally and solid sales.


Since 2006 Alan has done regional tours with Anne Kirkpatrick, Peter Denahy, Mad Violet (Canada), Brent Parlane, Jodi Martin, The Hillbilly Potentates (USA), Warren H. Williams and Brett Hunt. He has also run a music club in Toowoomba called “Strummers” which presents the best of Queensland’s original acoustic music acts.


In 2012 Alan released “Pages of the Past”. The 14 tracks on this new CD see Alan “tip his hat” to his Australian heritage with songs like “Northwards To The Sheds”, “Condamine Bells”, “Sons and Daughters of the Old Barcoo” and his anthemic tribute to Vietnam Veterans “Marbles”.


Alan will be touring NSW and Queensland in 2013 and looks forward to meeting lots of new fellow music lovers.

Ricky Shipp

Ricky Shipp is one of the most talented Guitarists in Australia attending most Country Music Festivals also touring with Special Artists most of the year.  He has only just returned from a tour with Dean Perrett (Golden Guitar 2012 Winner) and Jeff Brown.  Rick is one of the nicest people, obliging and ever polite.  Just a really nice a MAN.

'Tappin' Ted Thompson'







Len & Jeanne Connor

Bio Len & Jeanne Connor

Len Connor

At eleven years of age Len received his first guitar.  He was taught the basic chords, then taught himself the rest by watching others play but was not interested in appearing on stage until two shearers working next door by the names of Bluey Francis and Ernie Heath, created his interest in learning and appearing on stage.  He appeared on Guitar Club Concerts in Victorian Mallee towns, appearing with Dusty Rankin a number of times, and towns in New South Wales and appeared on the Buck Carson and Slim Connor shows a number of times.  In the early seventies because of work commitments he gave up playing guitar and appearing on stage.  Len returned to singing in 2004 at Bendigo Country Music Club and appeared at many music clubs throughout Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia and at charity shows for cancer, flying doctors, motor neurone disease, palliative care and multiplescierosis.  From elderly citizens clubs, parties, hotels, service clubs in Vic, NSW and SA.  Len has appeared at country music festivals at Barmers SA, and Mildura Vic.  In 2007 Len entered the Riverland Country Music Festival Star Step Talend Quest and won two awards and run second in the Duo with his wife Jeanne.  Len has appeared with Bluey Francis in a number of shows in NSW, Vic. He as also appeared at the Berri Club on the Bill Bedford Show.  Len released his first CD in early 2008 called ‘Those Good Old Ways’.  His second CD mid 2008 was called ‘Would I Do the Same Thing Again’, both CD’s receive airplay on FM stations across Australia.  Len has enjoyed singing country music and meeting fans and making many good friends along the way.

Jeanne Connor

Jeanne was born in Redcliffs, Victoria then moved to Robinvale where she learnt a few basic guitar chords from the music teacher at school.  She grew up with country music, and liked to play and sing along to songs of Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lyn and Jean Stafford and many other country singers.  After moving to Lake Boga in 1962 she played and sang duets with her sister and also sang individually.  She met Len in about 1964 and after sharing the same interest in country music they married in 1967.  They travelled around with Buck Carson, George Ray and Slim Connor shows appearing at pubs and clubs.  Travelling and appearing on shows was put on hold with work commitments and raising their four children.  In 2003 after the kids had left to live lives of their own, she decided to return to the country music field and has appeared at clubs and pubs also charity shows and festivals in Barmera and Mildura travelling to many clubs throughout Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.  She came second in female vocals, golden oldies and duo with husband Len receiving an award each in Barmera Talent Quest in 2007 where she has met many friends and fans along the way and after many requests she released a CD ‘Special memories’ in early 2008 and another later called ‘Country Life’.  They are played on quite a few FM Radio Stations.

Graham & Kay Butterworth

Graham & Kay are a great couple talented and friendly faces every time you see them.  Graham sings and plays guitar and Kay plays bass guitar.  See below Campaspe Country for Bio on Graham & Kay.

Michelle Ovenden

Michelle has been described as a complete package; a gifted songwriter, an emotive vocalist with impressive range and dynamics, a stage personality with verve and presence...
As country as country gets. Once again Michelle brings that true feeling only a true performer can give. Michele was presented with a GOLD MEDALLION in Tamworth this year for her self penned single “NOW I’M LETTING GO’.  Michelle as preformed on many of the Queensland festivals taking out best overall performance at the ACMA  and Bundaberg festivals. A prolific song writer she is constantly turning out top material . In 2013 she will be back in the LBS studio to  begin recording tracks for a duet CD with her husband Bob.  


Neil Johannessen & Dean Martin have joined together to form Slip Rail a great duo that I discovered @ Urban Country this year.
Neil works for Local Government as a Ranger and has been playing on and off again since 2007/2008.  He got into music later as was told he could not sing when growing up. In the last year he has decided to take it more seriously and since meeting with Dean they have decided to put a band together in the near future and have started writing songs again.  I love the 80's to the current style of Country music with one of my favourite artists being Travis Tritt.
Dean is a Session Guitartist who loves to put the hammer down and play his guitar. He is a very talented guitatist who in my opinion should already be there playing for some of Australia's best bands.  Who loves artists like Merle Haggard and Travis Tritt.

Charmaine Pout

Charmaine started her music career as a small child and has progressed to being one of the highly popular and much travelled recording artist in Australia today.  With many awards to her credit and 7 albums she still remains very humble and her music is much sort after.  Her latest offering will make bush ballad fans sit up and listen to her clean clear vocals and want to have a copy of  ''I Don't Work for a Living... I Wish''  in their collection.  Charmaine attends many festivals around Australia and is always a favourite with the crowds.  She has been inducted onto the Country Music Wall of Honour for her contributions to country music and promotion of Australian artists as well as being a Bush Balladeer Finalist several times during her career.  Her latest being a finalist in two catorgories of The Stan Coster Australian Memorial Bush Ballad Awards 2011.  When Charmaine is playing in your area I'm sure you won't be disappointed I have great confidence you will enjoy her work.

Cheryl Lethlean

Like many people, Cheryl first began singing at Sunday school & school concerts.  As a teenager she sometimes sand with her brother who had a band called the 'Castlemen' who performed at many functions & dances around Central Victoria.

She married Richard and they became fully involved with family commitments until their two girls had finished their schooling.  They began to get around more and became interested in the country music scene and after a couple of trips to Tamworth festival the bug bit. 

Cheryl bought her first guitar in 1990 hoping she'd be able to teach herself how to play.  It was a long and slow process but she soon began writing songs and then became involved with country music clubs, gaining confidence to perform in public.  Many friends inspired, assisted and encouraged her particularly Olive Bice, Anne Conway & Steve Virtue.  Her first cassette 'Destiny' was recorded at 'Birubi' Studio Tongala in December 1994 was very well received.  She has sung at major festivals including Tamworth, Mildura, Kyneton, Colac, Hopeton & the Riverland.  Several of Cheryl's original songs have been nominated for awards & become finalists in major competitions Desree Illona Crawford, Dinah Rae, Graham Butterworth & Glenice Hollis have all recorded her material Cheryl's recordings feature many original songs and have received significant airplay.  They include 'Destiny' - 'Sharing My Dreams' - 'Songs We'll Remember' - 'Pot Pourri' - About Us' - Billy's Bones'- 'Hands of Time' & 'Take Five'.  Her latest recording 'Down the Track' features 15 of her most popular original songs.  Cheryl is often asked to be hostess & compere at functions & to judge at talent quests, along with her husband Richard who shares & support her interest in music.  He understands sound and equipment.  His support is invaluable!  As well as being a solo performer in her own right she is once again singing with her brother Graham and his wife Kay who came back to Victoria after living in the north for many years.  Together they perform as a harmony group called 'Campaspe Country'.  Cheryl loves singing and meeting up at festivals and functions with the many friends they have made over the years who share a love of music and companionship.

Campaspe Country

For those of you who do not know Graham Butterworth (GB) and Cheryl Lethlean are brother and sister and both originally from Castlemaine in Victoria - and Kay is from the Barmera/Berri district of South Australia.  Graham and Kay met in 1982 at the Darwin Country Music Club, later forming partnerships both in singing and marriage.   Kay's interest in country music dates from her Dads and Uncle 'Doc'Wilkschs friendships with Rocky Page and several of his mates in the CM industry back then.
Cheryl credits her inspiration to good friends Olive Bice, Anne Conway and Ste3ve Virtue (&GB), while Graham was inspired b y his maternal grandparents, both avid fans of 'Sons of the Pioneers', Gene Autry, Harry Torani, Wilf Carter, Tex Morton, Smokey Dawson and Buddy Williams.
Graham bought his first guitar in 1955, then with several mates, formed a local group known as 'The Castlemen, performing Rock, Popular and Country Music around Central & Northern Victoria.  In 1962, Cheryl also became a regular performer with the group, but when GB joined the Army full-time in 1965, they both left the band.
Although BG's active interest in music was restricted by career, he maintained it through Mess Functions, Concerts, BBQ's and house parties.  He returned to civvy street in 1972 as a Transport Company Manager and moved to Darwin in that role during 1974 where his music was again limited by a new career, but not neglected.
Kay had also moved to Darwin area with her young family and similarly, had a restricted involvement with music, wntil joining a quartet and entertaining around Darwin in the early 80's, including the local CM Club, where she met GB and they became partners.  GB and Kay left the Territory late in 1998, bought a home at Glasshouse Mountains and joined Homestead Country Music Club at Caboolture.  Apart from Club activities, they took part in many Festivals and other Contests around SE Queensland, winning a considerable number of awards, both as solo and duet acts.
Meanwhile Cheryl had met and married Richard Lethlean and raised two daughters in Rochester.  In 1990 she bought a gutiar, learned to play and revived her musical interests through writing her own songs and joining several CM clubs.  In 1994 Cheryl recorded her first cassette 'Destiny', at (the then) Birubi Studio in Tongala.  This was well received and as a result she performed at many CM festivals through Victoria, NSW and South Australia.  Since then, Cheryl has recorded a further five CD's, which are all currently available for purchase.
GB and Kay returned to Victoria in 2002 and settled at Rochester, joining CM Clubs at Echuca and Kyabram,  Each year they attend and perform as 'walk-up'artists at the Tamworth, Mildura and South Australian (Barmera) CM Festivals.  With Cheryl, they have formed the group, ''Campaspe Country and perform regularly at other Clubs, Nursing Homes, local charity and other social events.  The group also includes our wonderful sound manager Richard Lethlean.

Sparkling Seniors

Featuring the great talents of Rod Brandt, Dorrie Muller, Clarrie Weller, Tom Doyle, Heather Botica and Richard Newey.  These names have been known around the Country Music scene for a long time and is a wonderful lineup of talent for you to enjoy on a Sunday morning.

Bill Ollerton

Billy Ollerton 'Rockabilly' is a little bit of a rock'n'roller from way back and loves to sing a few songs from that era but also loves his country.  He is a New South Welshman hailing from Scone.  His earlier career was as a Jockey with the likes of George Moore etc.  He also is a Drummer and loves to do the backing of the walk-up artists and professionals so say 'Hello' to Billy when you see him as he just loves a yarn or two.

Allan Bland

Allan is a Texas Qld/Bonshaw boy so has country in his heart from when he was born.  Teaching himself the guitar which he has been playing for years now and pretty good at it he also sings a few songs as well.  He now lives in Stanthorpe where he has his own business driving a Bob Cat and just loves getting away to play his music every opportunity he gets.  Allan will also be part of the back up band for the Stampede so say 'Hi' to Allan as you know all country folk just love jawering.

Greg Dillon

Gregory M. Dillon (Greg)
Born September 1951
Poet, Writer, Journalist, Songwriter, Singer
I study people and write of life.  I am more into the natural world rather than the human interpretation of what the world should be.
I enjoy meeting people and I love to hear interesting stories.
Writing in my life is paramount.  I have been doing that for almost forty years and I have had a love for words and rhyme since a very early age.

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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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