Mention traditional Australian country music and none are more respected than singer/songwriters Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson.
As a multi award-winning recording artist, Dianne is a much sought after bush balladeer and has won many female vocal and Peoples Choice Awards. In 2014 she was inducted to the Tamworth ‘Country Music Hands of Fame’ and also to the American ‘Old Time Country Music’ Hall of Fame.
Peter Simpson is an award-winning country guitarist with a strong leaning to the Australian bush ballad style, has had much success with his songwriting including several songs being recorded by other artists. In 2018 he was inducted to the Tamworth ‘Country Music Hands of Fame’.
Throughout the year Dianne and Peter tour Australia extensively appearing at festivals and musters across the country, they run their own shows and co-ordinate country music festivals. They have had much success with their music including several finalist nominations, with their own songs, for Golden Guitar ‘Bush Ballad of the Year’. As well as producing their national radio program ‘The Australian Bush Ballad Show’ they also produce and host the very successful and popular ‘Back To The Bush Spectacular’ held mainstage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival each year. They have taken a version of that show to the Gympie Muster for the past two years which has proved very popular.
Together Dianne and Peter work hard to ensure true Australian country music is alive and well.
Music seems to be a part of Kasey Chambers DNA, with 12 award winning albums under her belt since the release of The Captain in 1999, Kasey’s brilliant songwriting and world-class performance have earned her a rightful position on the global country artist stage.
Often described as a genre-defying singer and songwriter, she wears the honesty of country music on her sleeve, and has become one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation in Australia while winning a devoted cult following in the rest of the world. In 2018 Kasey’s exceptional career was honoured by being the youngest female ever to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Kasey and her band will play all of her much-loved songs from ‘The Captain’ and ‘Barricades & Brickwalls’ all the way through her career to now, in a very special festival performance not to be missed.
Triple Golden Guitar Winners The Bushwackers (now in their 49th year) are renowned for their energetic live shows that have had thousands of fans dancing in the aisles with legendary performances at the The Port Fairy Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival, Tamworth Country Music Festival, The Gympie Music Muster, Woodford Folk Festival, The Americana Conference (Nashville) The National Celtic Festival and countless other events.
Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett bring their combined wealth of over 86 years of playing in the Bushwackers with all the songs, stories and history that entails. “Strangely not much has changed over the years” laughs Dobe Newton who has been a member since 1973. “We still bring that energy and enthusiasm to every gig. Our audience has slowed a little but we’re still going as strong as ever”
“Strangely not much has changed over the years” laughs Dobe Newton who has been a member since 1973. “We still bring that energy and enthusiasm to every gig. Our audience has slowed a little but we’re still going as strong as ever”
Roger Corbett, who joined the band in 1980, adds “The Bushwackers have so many songs that our fans have grown up with over the last 49 years and 26 albums thet they’ve shared with their families and friends. It makes for a very special relationship”
The Bushwackers perform an exciting blend of Australian music featuring the Lagerphone of frontman Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett on guitars and bass, fiddle and drums rounding out the sound. The music is all-Australian with all the stories, humour and sense of history that has helped to forge our national identity.
There is little doubt that Tom Maxwell is one of the leading forces in today’s crop of Balladeers. One of just a handful of travelling Bush Balladeers still on the road full time. Tom is not only living the dream. He is keeping alive an Australian way of life that has served to enshrine the Australian Bush Heritage.
Through hard work and sheer determination he has carved his niche in the Australian Country Music industry and has seen his fan base explode in recent times. Tom has been down plenty of dusty roads, met many characters along the way and heard some of the best yarns to be told and like the Balladeers who came before him and built the foundations for today’s country music industry. Tom continues to preserve those stories in music and song.
An accomplished entertainer, Tom has already released 15 successful albums, and has made the finals in many of Australia’s Country Music Awards including the Prestigious Star Maker and a Five time Golden Guitar finalist. In January 2010, Tom was inducted into the Hands of Fame Park in Tamworth, an honour awarded to those for their services and contribution within the Australian Country Music Industry.
Tom has a deep respect for the pioneering greats who have influenced his musical style and his genuine attitude, easy going disposition and likeable nature, combined with his underlying passion and devotion to our Australian Music and its Heritage, all contribute to the acceptance and adulation Tom receives.