12 December 2012

Article taken from The Balladeers Bulletin - January 2013 issue

G'day everyone,

Well the last months of 2012 shot by quickly and the Tamworth Festival is once again upon us.

I once again enjoyed performing at all the major spring time Country Music Festivals up here in Queensland.

It was great to be part of the Heritage Showcase at the Gympie Muster and it was wonderful to have my friends the Coad Sisters, Virginia and Lynette step in on lead Guitar and bass in my band line up for Gympie, along with my regular drummer Logan Brewster.

I would like to thank the Gympie Muster for including a Heritage Showcase.  The Heritage programme consisted of Peter Coad and the Coad Sisters, Graham Rodger, Tracy Coster, myself and the legendary Chad Morgan.

A big thanks to all who helped make the 2012 Nanango Country Muster such a great success.  It was by far the biggest so far and the weather was great.  A strong line up of artists capped off the 10th year anniversary of the event in style.

After Nanango Muster I sang at Bony Mountain, the Texas Round Up and the Mildura Country Music Festival and had a great time as always.

Once again it is great to be a finalist in the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia in Bush Ballad of the Year with the song Heartbeat of Australia, The Man of the Land which I co-wrote with my producer Stuie French.  This song is dedicated to the great working ethic and spirit of pass and present people of the land which has been passed on to all proud Australians.

2013 will also see the release of my 11th album "My Bush Heritage".  The album contains 13 songs and is jam packed full of great Bushballads that I have enjoyed over the years.  Mostly on previous albums I have recorded original songs, but every now and then I think it is good and something fresh to record an album of songs from the past.

I have also recorded three new songs for this project "Brumby" which I co-wrote with Shirrelle Jackman and a new song from the pen of Norma O'Hara Murphy titled "Old Betty", which is a simple but very heartfelt horse ballad.  "Heartbeat of Australia, The Man of the Land", is also found on this album.

I am looking forward to seeing you all in Tamworth where you can grab a copy of "My Bush Heritage" album.

Wishing you all a Merry and Safe Christmas and I hope 2013 is kind to you.

Kind Seasons.


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