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TRIPLE CMAA GOLDEN GUITAR WINNER 2017
CMC AUSTRALIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017
CMC MALE AUSTRALIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017
CMC AUSTRALIAN VIDEO OF THE YEAR 2017 'CALL ME CRAZY'
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
APRA SONG OF THE YEAR
Billy’s relaxed, warm and distinctive vocals, sooth you and guide you on a journey through time, places and events that shaped the great country of ours.
Billy has continued to perform, write and play music from his heart and music inspired by our great people and places.
The huge sound this trio creates is something to see and hear!
The Train are very popular for their wide appeal with audiences of all ages, which sees them in constant demand and laying tracks all over the east coast and beyond where they average over 150 shows a year.
The 2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival was a huge success for Dale. He received two ICMA Brumby Awards (Best Male Bush Ballad Song – Wilson River Country; and Best Country Music Album – Back To The Bush), as well as a People’s Choice Award (Best Bush Ballad – The Old Camp Oven).
Multi Golden Guitar Winner.
Songwriter, Singer, Television Host, Radio Host, MC… Felicity Urquhart mixes the twang of country and the authenticity of roots.
Felicity Urquhart is without question one of the most likeable personalities in the Australian Entertainment Industry.
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Glen & Jeff Massey
Jase Lansky is an international singer songwriter currently living on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Having performed for a number of years Jase has gained his writing experience from playing with numerous rock and alternative bands. His passion for country music has arrived from listening to such artists as Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Drake White and Keith Urban, just to name a few. His own musical style takes in both country and rock and is definitely worth the listen.
Local Northern-Rivers alt-country musician Kathryn Jones and Sydney music partner Steve Passfield received 8 nominations at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. They took out an Australian Country Music People’s Choice Award for Best Vocal/ Music Event as well as a Brumby Award for Best Collaboration in the Australian Independent Country Music Awards. With 3 nominations in the prestigious Tamworth Songwriters Association Salute Awards and 6 in the People’s Choice Awards, Jones and Passfield were in good spirits.
Key Suspects are local experienced muso’s, there in it for fun and your entertainment.
Lead singer and guitarist Alan teamed up with drummer Stuart, guitarist Bo, singer and guitarist John and on bass Austen to unleash Key Suspects.
Key Suspects all share a love for the classics by artists like Eagles, Beatles, Eric Clapton, Creedence, Floyd and Bowie. They are dedicated to Australian music that is part of the history and backbone of this ‘Great Southern Land’.
Rhyming yarn storyteller
For years Murray Hartin has been making audiences laugh, cry and visualise the spoken word with his unique style of Australian storytelling.
The former Barker College boy grew up in the Northern NSW town of Moree and is a country journalist by trade.
6 Musicians... Lots of different instruments.
They've graced the stages of Bluesfest, Port Fairy, Woodford, Gympie Muster, Urban Country, Mud Bulls, Caloundra and Tamworth music festivals as well as some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, rubbing shoulders with the best acts Australia has to offer...
No music act embodies the essence of the Australian Spirit and our national heritage more than this award winning band!
Nothing identifies the Australian culture like the songs that have formed our history and the songs that we all grew up with…. Simply Bushed started the journey as a simple bush band but has grown into so much more than just a band for Australia day, evolving into an Australian Music experience.
Golden Guitar winner Steve Passfield has certainly “paid His dues”. The leader and driving force behind the Award winning Handpicked Band formed back in 1988, which went on to tour much of Australia, Asia and New Zealand. Steve released 3 independent Handpicked albums and a 21 year Anniversary DVD that intertwines the Anniversary Gig with Steve’s personal story of the Macleay Valley, His hometown Kempsey and family and friends that have formed the background for many of His songs.
Consisting of Sarah Grace Buckley (17yo – Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Molly Buckley (14yo – Vocals, Mandolin), and Lachlan Buckley (16yo – Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar), the young family act have achieved many accolades including two American Songwriting Awards and performing to crowds of up to 60,000 people.
The Buckleys have recently returned from two trips to the USA in 2016, where they co-wrote with numerous #1 hit songwriters in Nashville. They are currently preparing for a product release early in the new year.
The Forth Form Boys are a bunch of lifetime mates who formed a band while in High School. They still get together to perform for whoever wants to listen.
The Mid North’s sound is a melding of Old-time, Mountain Folk and Bluegrass, featuring banjo. fiddle, mandolin, double bass, guitar and four-part harmonies.
Their heart-swelling music and catchy melodies have attracted fans of all ages. Their live-shows are both exciting and riotous excursions into the dance music of the past, the joy and sorrow of the human condition and all-in sing-a-longs.
High energy and boundless enthusiasm are what fans have come to expect from The Viper Creek Band.
These five talented guys from Newcastle got together in early 2011.
They believed that country music in Australia was ready for an exciting new sound and began writing songs, rehearsing, playing live and building a loyal fan base.
Born and raised in the Northern Rivers dairy farming community of Coorabell, Thor has country in his blood.
Thor has over 10 years professional performing experience that has seen him play guitar for many artists, from golden guitar winners, to Aussie rock icons but in the last 5 years has been working on his solo career.
These guys sure have some tongues flappin' in the Country Music Industry!
A Collaboration of Anita Tresidder on Lead Vocals/Percussion, Lennie Edgerton on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Romney Watts on Acoustic Guitar & Vocals, Ian Tresidder on Bass Guitar and now with the fabulous James Dennett (previously of the Steve Edmonds Band) on Drums, is proving to be extremely successful.
4 X 4 (“Four by Four”)
Four piece band playing a mix of classic and contemporary Country Rock.
Think the Eagles, Creedence and Doobie Brothers at one end, and the Zac Brown Band and George Ezra at the other. They’re finding that’s a good formula, working well for them. Some of their newer music will be a good addition to the Festival, alongside the classics the other bands will play.
OTHER FESTIVAL GUESTS:
Ballina on Richmond Physical Culture Club (pictured below).