We have had a good start to the year which began with a fundraising concert close to home which we organised in support of the Frank Ifield Bronze Bust (which was unveiled this year at the Tamworth CM Festival) with extra funds going to the next bust which will be Brian Young. Thank you to the artists and country music clubs involved with the concert, Greg Bain for the sound and to the Coads and Jim Hermel for stopping by on their way to Tamworth and to our friends from Melbourne, Terry and Bernadette Jackson for their help. We are hoping to make this event into a full weekend of entertainment with camping available at the Morisset Showground (NSW) on 11 and 12 January 2020.
The Tamworth CM Festival was a great time for us: we always enjoy the concerts and meeting up with friends and c.m. fans and we hear that bush ballad concerts held during the festival all went well. We would like to send a very special cheerio to our good friends Lex and Al Dent who look after us so well during the Tamworth festival and to our wonderful friends who also come along and make our time there so very special. We were especially pleased to have the legend, ‘Old Ringer Sam’ himself, Sam Lovell from the Kimberleys at our Memories Trail Show.
We were invited to perform on the People’s Choice Awards and I was very pleased and honoured to once again receive the Female Vocal Award. Thank you to those who took the time to vote for me, I really do appreciate your support.
A main event of the festival is the ‘Back To The Bush Spectacular’ in the Toyota Park where, once again, there was an enormous crowd to enjoy the concert featuring over thirty bush ballad artists and even though there was a short rain storm, a very good sized crowd stayed til the end. A big thank you to the artists, the Tamworth Regional Council for their support and to Tamworth Rotary West for once again conducting a bucket run through the crowd in support of the Tamworth C.M. Hall of Fame. Kevin and Pat King came to the show – Kevin is one of our early c.m. artists. We’re looking forward to doing it all again next year.
During the festival we were invited to a ‘meet and greet’ event with Dr Brendan Nelson, a former politician and now Director of the Austn. War Memorial for a pleasant afternoon get-together and a chat.
The Bungendore Muster is always an important date in the bush ballad calendar and three country music artists were inducted onto the Wall of Recognition in the park. At the Muster’s awards concert, I was very honoured to receive the Female Vocal Award for our track Paddy’s Soul. Congratulations to all finalists and winners.
Early March we will be in W.A. for the Outback C.M. Show which is run by Jan and Peter Pacey and it will be nice to catch up with artists from W.A. we haven’t seen for a while.
Our annual ‘Family Heritage Concert’ at the Nabiac Showground Hall will be on 30th March this year, a little away from Easter time, and please contact us if you would like further information about accommodation or camping in the area. This is always a fun night in the good old country music hall style.
Until next time, please travel safe and keep smiling
Yours in country music
Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson
BUNGENDORE AWARDS WITH ERNIE CONSTANCE
OLD RINGER SAM
DR BRENDAN NELSON AO
KEVIN & PAT KING