G’day folks. The first half of this year has been a fairly quiet one for me musically. Following the Tamworth festival we had a belated album launch for “Hard To Let Go” at the Oakey Cultural centre, which thankfully was a huge success with near on 500 people attending. I spent from the end of March till the middle of August in the truck carting cotton out of Cubbie Station to QLD Cotton at Dirranbandi and Mungindi. In that time I did go to Smithton in Tassie one weekend for their first country music festival, and the Yellow Belly Country Music Muster at St.George that Keith Jamieson had organised. Other than that there was just the occasional night around the campfire in Dirranbandi where the old guitar got a workout.
The last few months since the cotton season finished have been great as there’s been something happening musically almost every weekend. It was great to perform at the Gympie Muster and the Cedar Guitars festival in Lismore again in August. It was a number of years since I’d attended either one.
September started out with a fundraiser at the Perseverance Hall (in memory of Neil Taylor) where apparently over nine thousand dollars was raised for the cancer foundation. I performed on a run of festivals through September and October such as the Nanango Country Muster, Bony Mt Folk Festival, Texas Country Muster then on to Mildura for the festival down there. The annual memorial day for the Lights on the Hill memorial wall in Gatton was to follow as well as the Slim Dusty Memories concert in Kempsey. It was a real highlight to perform with the travelling country band once again.
Lyn, the boys and I took some time out at Evans Head for a few days while we were down south. We all had a great time. Bill, Casey and Dan were all fascinated with the beach. It was good to not have anywhere in particular “to have to be” for a change and have a proper holiday. The kids are all pretty full on now though and I found myself almost needing a holiday from our holiday!!
In November I have a couple of private shows to do and “Stumpy’s Rusty Acres Round-up” at Grandchester. Also there’s the annual Gidgee Coal Awards at Pittsworth and Lyn bought tickets for us to see “Charlie Pride” at the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba. Really looking forward to that!!
I’ve decided to give the truck work a miss till next year due to a poor wheat harvest, so am presently trying to organise some shows for Dean Perret and myself to do in December. See how we go I suppose!?
At the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January I’ll be busy most days doing spots on shows around town as well as two of my own shows at the Community Centre on the first and last Saturdays. Dean Perret will share the stage with me on the second Saturday show. We’re doing the “Two Old Mates Show” at the Balladeers Homestead on Tuesday 21st as well. Check out the gig guide for details on all of the festival appearances.
On behalf of Lyn and myself, I wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and hope that 2014 is a good one. Might see you somewhere in the New Year!! Till’ then, all the very best.