Well we have just finished a very busy and exciting three months with not much home time at all.
We are pleased to say that I now have my gospel album ‘Hold On’ and are very happy with the outcome. It was really very special to have some family come into the studio and record a couple of tracks: mum, Heather McKean, sisters Sandra and Joanne Lindsay, daughters Leanne and Alissa Smith and niece Grace Lindsay-Eschbank. Of course Peter played on the album with his own unique style of guitar and banjo and the album has a traditional feel throughout.
Our rush started with the Gympie Muster where I must say it was rewarding to have a solid ballad show every morning at the Muster and we hope these will continue in the future.
On the way home we were at the Coad’s Bundaberg Festival and a week later saw us at Norma O’Hara Murphy’s Bony Mountain Festival which we enjoyed very much, both with a great crowd.
We were then off to the Mildura Festival where we really did enjoy our time. It was lovely to catch up with many people we hadn’t seen for a while and we especially enjoyed working with the many artists from slightly different music genres. It was then straight home and off sailing out into the Pacific for Cruisin’ Country, a fantastic country music cruise, this time featuring several bush balladeers. After the cruise, we headed to Kempsey for a few days for the Slim Dusty Music Memories Festival which made for another successful weekend.
Our most recent venture was to attend the Nambung CM Festival in Western Australia where we enjoyed all aspects of our trip. Thanks for having us and a very special thanks to Alison who took us out to a secluded area of the ‘Pinnacles’ region, the Painted Desert, where not many people are able to visit.
Tamworth festival will be here before you know it and our regular Memories Trail Show will feature a Buddy Williams special celebrating his 100th birthday. This will on Saturday 19th at ABBA Homestead.
The planning for the Tamworth ‘BACK TO THE BUSH’ concert is going well and we are very pleased to say that this concert has now become one of the largest at the Tamworth festival and will be held in the Bicentennial Park Wednesday 23rd at 7pm. Be early for a good seat. We really appreciate all those who support the concert and for those artists who cannot be on the concert this year, we appreciate your understanding. We also have some talented up and coming artists on the concert as we feel it is really important to give them support and encouragement in our genre. Artists confirmed for this concert in no particular order are: Tom Maxwell, Ashley Cooke, Glenn Jones, Lindsay Butler, Ken Lindsay, Anne Kirkpatrick, Shaza Leigh, Dean Perrett, Peter Coad, Owen Blundell, Jeff Brown, Brian Letton, Lorraine Pfitzner, the Coad Sisters with Jim Hermel, Keith Jamieson, Alisha Smith, David Kirkpatrick, Caitlyn Jane, John Smith, Laura Downing, Lynette Guest, Greg Bain, Anita Ree, Ernie Constance, Graham Rodger, Alice Benfer, Lachie and Georgia, Anthony Baxter, Pat Brown, Johnny Greenwood and Terry Gordon.
Peter and I are looking forward to a couple of leisure trips in the latter part of the year with friends in Melbourne and also in Tin Can Bay Qld before we enjoy some family get-togethers for Christmas.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and thank you all for your support throughout the year.
Until next time, please travel safe and keep smiling
Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson