The year is fast coming to a close but before then we still have a few miles to travel and friends to meet up with.
We have had a great time with our music this year and have a couple of festivals yet to enjoy, one being the Kyabram RV CM Festival, our first time there and another trip to Melbourne for the Rosebud CM Club where we will also be helping our good friends Terry and Bernadette Jackson to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
One of the highlights of the year for me was the Mildura CM Festival where I was awarded the Southern Stars Independent Female Vocalist of the Year Award with a song written by Peter, Paddy’s Soul. A big congratulations to all the finalists and winners at Mildura and an especially large congratulations with much appreciation to John Arnold. John has been instrumental in the organising and running of the festival since it started and unfortunately this year has been the last festival in its current form and many artists will miss such a large event on the calendar.
In August we flew down to Tasmania for the Oatlands Heritage and Bullock Festival. We had a fantastic weekend at Oatlands where they had all kinds of displays from an earlier era. There was a working bullock team, displays of early crafts and much, much more at the well organised and successful festival. Thank you to the committee, to John, Sandy and the team at Midlands 97.1fm. We always seem to go to Tassie in the winter and it did not disappoint with the cold. Very very cold! The first time we have played in gloves and Peter even donned a beanie for the outdoor event.
Another highlight for us and for the bush ballad calendar was the Back To The Bush Ballads shows at the Gympie Muster in the large big top Muster Tent. This year we were joined by Keith Jamieson, Alisha Smith and Caitlyn, Jeff Brown, Alice Benfer, Reg Poole and Matt Manning where the tent had capacity crowds each day. Thanks to the Gympie Muster people for having us there once again and we are going to do it all over again next year.
Nanango Muster was once again a very well-attended event and we were pleased to be a part of the weekend. Thanks for having us. Uncle bob McKean made it to Nanango for the weekend, always good to see him out and about enjoying the music and friendships. A sad note was the passing of Ordrie Brown, a well-known and loved identity at the various festivals and musters. She will certainly be missed.
Another sad note was the passing of early country music entertainer, Trevor Day. Trevor wrote some wonderful songs, some we have found to be quite thoughtful and moving. Recently we released a song, Out There, written after Trevor told us ‘Slim said many years ago they don’t forget you out there’ and it is so true. We have Trevor’s voice on the track and friend, Neil Tyne, created a youtube video of ‘Out There’, well worth a visit.
Apologies to Widgee Muster committee and to our supporters as we were unable to make it to Widgee at short notice. We needed to be near family in Sydney at that time. Hopefully we will be able to make it there another time.
Tune in online to our weekly Australian Bush Balladeers Show and stream on www.todayscountry94one.com every Thursday night at 10pm and Sunday mornings at 7am when Peter and I present an hour of Aussie bush ballads.
We hope to see many of you at Tamworth Festival where we will hold our Memories Trail Show at the Balladeers Homestead on Saturday 18th and the big one in the Toyota Park, The Back to
the Bush Spectacular where we will have several young people on the concert as well as some of your favourites too.
Our very best wishes to you all and your families for a wonderful Christmas and then welcome to another year, 2020. We hope it will be filled with health, happiness, friends, country music and many bush ballads.
Until next time, please travel safe and keep smiling
Yours in country music
Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson