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7th to 10th MAY 2020 at the CAPELLA COVERED ARENA

Australia's Country Music Greats

COMING TO THE CAPELLA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN 2020!

Chad Morgan - Australian Icon

Chad Morgan is the last of the country music legends. He has out-sung, out-drunk and outlived his famous contemporaries.

A one of kind entertainer who can captivate an audience with a story, a joke, or just a facial expression and some of the most original and funny songs ever performed, yet Chad’s moving performance of his song “Bill and Eva” makes time stand still. Fans have tears in their eyes as Chad explains the story behind the song.

A country music pioneer who has played all over Australia, with fans from grandparents to grand children.  A living legend of Australia's entertainment industry, and a true gentleman of Australian country music.

Keith "Jammo" Jamieson

Keith has been around for many years and has been a Ringer in the outback, Road train operator, Oil and exploration worker, Coal miner, Coach and Taxi driver, he is also a Singer/ Songwriter and has recorded many songs over the years, he has had his songs recorded by many people including the late Slim Dusty, Reg Poole OAM, Jeff Brown, Dean Perrett and many more.Keith likes to write about the land, people and places he loves leaning towards the bush ballad style of writing from his life experience.

He has won many awards through the years including A Golden Guitar for I Love Australia with Jeff Brown and has been in the finals several times he has been a member of the CMAA for a long time and also a member of the TSA since nineteen seventy eight and also a member of ABBA and ABPA. He also helps run several festivals.

Keith has toured around and crissed crossed Australia many times by road.

Keith hopes to help the young ones along the road of song as he has done for many years with Traditional Country and Bush Ballads for many years to come.

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Since his early childhood, Jeff Brown has had a love for Australian Bush Ballad music, having grown up in a household where some of the great old pioneers of Australian and American country was the only music played.

In 1997, at the age of 21, Jeff recorded and released his first album “I Remember Gordon Parsons” as a tribute to Gordon.  Jeff’s talents were recognised when he won the Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Award at the Fosters Battle of the Bush during the Tamworth Festival in 1998. This same year, Jeff toured the country with the legendary “Brian Young Show” for 4 months, an experience which helped mould him into the successful entertainer that he is today.

Jeff was placed as one of the “final five” in the prestigious Golden Guitar Awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1999 with the track “The Old GP” written by Ian Quinn.  On releasing his second album “Poverty Liner” in 2003, Jeff was awarded a place in the “final five” once again, with the single “The Ghost Of Three Rivers” by Keith Jamieson.

In 2005, Jeff released his third album “Mate I’m Feelin’ Lucky” and won the Golden Guitar Award for Bush Ballad of the Year with the track “Where The Yellow Kapocks Bloom” penned by Wave Jackson.

2007 saw the release of Jeff’s 4th Album “Harvest Time Again” which won “Album of the Year” at the Bungendore Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards. The final track on this album “In The Wings of the Yard” written by Kelly and Marion Dixon and Jeff, reached the finals at the 2008 Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards for Bush Ballad of the Year.

Jeff has now released his 5th album "Hard To Let Go" which was produced by Stuie French at Swingin Doors Sudios.  The album has been a great success with Jeff winning  a Golden Guitar at the 42nd CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia for "Bush Ballad of the Year" with the song "I Love Australia" written by Keith Jamieson. Jeff also won "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" at the 2014 Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards.

With farming held close to his heart and personal involvement with the transport  industry, Jeff relates to the songs that he sings and delivers them with confidence and sincerity. Jeff has stuck to the Bush Ballad music with a passion and his easy listening voice adds a fresh approach to them.

Visit Jeff's Official Website HERE

Roger Knox has been singing and performing since an early age. A devastating plane crash in his early thirties threatened to cut short his promising career. With horrendous burns to a large part of his body, Roger returned to his home community of Toomelah Aboriginal Mission Station to heal. His Auntie Hannah used singing, bush medicine and ‘the old ways’ to heal him.A strong advocate of drug and alcohol free living, he has dedicated his life to uplifting his people’s spirit, performing regularly in jails throughout Australia Canada and the USA. Singing is a significant part of Aboriginal learning and culture and he acknowledges its importance in bringing people together for healing, self-awareness and the awakening of their heritage.Roger uses his voice to inspire, encouraging people to feel good, further encouraging them to strive to be the best they can be. Engaged in mentoring young Aboriginal musicians and performers he is a well loved and inspiring role model.

Visit Roger's Official Website HERE

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Terry Gordon

Terry Gordon’s remarkable versatility as a balladeer, song writer, comedy performer and television host has established him as one of Australian country music’s most popular entertainers.

Though born in the small town of Taralga near Goulburn, New South Wales, the Terry Gordon career story really begins at age five when his dad took him to see the Tex Morton Wild West Show which passed through the town for just one night performance. It was enough to set the wild-eyed youngster on a determined, unswerving ambition to become a country music star. By age 16, he was already playing guitar in a band and in his early 20’s, he was a solo performer on the Sydney club circuit. Since beginning his distinguished recording career, he has released more than 25 CD’s.

Terry learned his stage craft touring with the likes of the Seekers, Tom T Hall, Slim Dusty, Col Elliott, Normie Rowe, Jade Hurly and Wally the Worker and just about all of the greats in the industry. His TV experience extends from Bandstand Six O'Clock Rock through most of the Morning/Midday Shows and late night variety programs through to his own nightly television show out of Tamworth "Must Be Country".

There are plenty of country "Singers" but only a handful who are entertainers and showmen as well. That is why, in 1995, Terry was named "Queensland Entertainer of the Year". No only as a tribute to his concert and touring successes but also in tribute to his 30 years as a multi-talented, much admired and affectionately regarded country music entertainer.

In 1995 and again 1998 Terry was invited to appear at the Hodag Country Music Festival in Wisconsin, USA, along with Willie Nelson, Clint Black, Charlie Pride, George Jones, Alabama, Iean Rimes and Bobby Bare. As well as his commitments in the USA, Terry still has a busy schedule in Australia, USA and New Zealand, performing at corporate functions, night clubs, casinos and festivals.

Terry is also one of the chosen few to have his hand put in The Hands of Fame at country music capital Tamworth in 1981.

When the 200 Olympic Games were in Sydney, Terry was one of the hand full of Australian entertainers to have carried the Olympic Torch across the border of Queensland and NSW.

2002 Terry was asked back to the USA to appear once again at the Hodag Country Music Festival.

In 1995 Terry was awarded Country Music Entertainer of the year and in 2002 Australia's Living Legend Award.

In 2005 Terry was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (O.A.M.) for services to the entertainment industry.

In the last 10 years he has been responsible for bringing to Australia Irelands Mary Duff, Isla Grant, Mick Flavin, Louise Morrissey and England's Charlie Landsborough.

In 2012 Terry was awarded the highest honour in Australia the entertainers roll of renown.

Pixie Jenkins

Pixie’s fiddle playing is uniquely Australian, and with his amazing energy, storytelling and humour, he has become one of the most recognisable artists in the industry. He’s also one of Australia’s most eclectic and talented entertainers, playing roots, bluegrass and Irish folk styles with an incredible dexterity and finesse.

Pixie has been a support artist and toured and recorded for some of the biggest names in the world, Bob Dylan to Cher; Jimmy Barnes to John Williamson and has been a studio musician on the recordings of 100's of other artists.

He is a multiple Australian Country Music ‘Golden Guitar’ awards winner and John Williamson has stated that “Pixie Jenkins is the greatest fiddler Australia has produced” and Pixie is often referred to as an ‘Icon’ (The Australian 2011) and a “living legend’.

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Tracy Coster

For Golden Guitar winner Tracy Coster, country music is running through her veins – it’s part of her DNA.There’s no other life for Tracy, having been raised on the road, the youngest daughter of late, great Australian songwriter Stan Coster.

From her home base in Manilla, NSW (named Coster Country in tribute to her late father), Tracy sets up tours and travels the country, much as she had done with her dad since the age of 13, until his untimely death in 1997.

Armed with a new album, the wonderful Coster Country Take II, it’s a follow-up to the original Coster Country released more than a decade ago to celebrate the remarkable work of this modern-day Lawson or Paterson.

Her touring and performing credentials are impressive. Tracy has shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest – Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Anne Kirkpatrick, Gina Jeffreys, Beccy Cole, Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey and the list goes on.

She has performed at festivals from Tamworth to Gympie and from Darwin to Nashville, Tennessee.

Tracy began her recording career in 1985 with the release of From The Heart. A single from that release, Why Do I Feel Like Crying, propelled Tracy into the final five Female Vocalist of the Year finalists in 1986.

The Girl in the Band, her 1991 album, spawned two top 10 hit singles, City Sidewalks and the classic, Don’t Say Goodbye.

Her acclaimed contemporary release in 1993, Play the Game, resulted in another finalist berth in the 1994 Golden Guitar Awards for Someone.

That same year she was inducted into the Hands of Fame, at the time the youngest artist to do so.

In 2004, her fourth album, Bush Baby followed the lead of its predecessors, delivering Tracy another top 10 hit and yet another finalist berth at the Golden Guitar Awards.

That year also brought the release of Coster Country, the recorded tribute to her dad. At the 2005 Golden Guitar Awards, that album delivered Tracy her first Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Anne Kirkpatrick on the track, Back to the Saltbush Plains.

This is just one of many awards that have come Tracy’s way over the years – Australian Independent Country Music Awards, Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards, People’s Choice awards and more.

In 2009, Tracy released Moving On, and landed another finalist berth in the 2010 Golden Guitar Awards.

An Australian storyteller, Tracy’s latest release, Coster Country Take II was launched in fine style at the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Having been living and working in Tamworth, the Country Music Capital, Tracy’s itchy feet got the better of her and she hit the road again, conducting several short tours throughout the year.

She’s road-ready and willing to travel the country doing what she loves – writing and singing about Australia and its people. Connect with Tracy HERE.

Writing original music and performing some favourite covers is taking husband and wife duo THE MUIRS on an incredible journey they never imagined.

After being “discovered” by Chad Morgan back in 2010, Glennys and Ian have perfected a sound of their own, with harmonies that take you back to another time and place, yet still remain contemporary.

THE MUIRS have completed recording their second album, re-working five original songs plus giving personal treatment to songs from some of their favourite artists. After a recent spot on television performing the title track from the album ‘Salt On My Pillow’, have gathered new fans as well as receiving re-newed interest from radio.

With performances at all the major festivals around the country in the last couple of years THE MUIRS have established a growing fan base, people who appreciate a more traditional style of country/roots music.

Playing the Mildura, Tamworth, Airlie Beach, Gympie and Woodford Festivals are just some of the many recent highlights. Other important events being our first television appearance on The Marngrook Footy Show, several tours of Tasmania and various tours down south through NSW, Victoria and South Australia with The Chad Morgan Show.

Visit The Muir's Official Website HERE

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Peter Simpson

Peter Simpson has always had a love of country music.  His early childhood memories are of sitting around the banks of the Snowy River with his family singing and playing guitar. These days Peter is a well-known and respected country guitarist with a strong leaning to the Australian bush ballad style.

Writing and recording with his wife, Dianne Lindsay, Peter himself is now a multi-award winning artist including several nominations for Golden Guitar Bush Ballad of the Year. As a lead guitarist, specialising in the acoustic bush ballad style, Peter has often recorded instrumental tracks with well-known guitarists such as Lindsay Butler from Tamworth. Peter also co-hosts a national bush ballad radio program and is passionate about promoting Australian country music and in writing quality Australian bush ballads and was inducted into the Hands of Fame at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2018.

Mention traditional Australian country music these days and no-one is more respected than singer/songwriter Dianne Lindsay. Coming from a very prominent country music family, Dianne works hard to ensure that true Australian country music is alive and well.   Touring extensively, running her own shows, co-hosting a weekly country music radio program and with a very busy recording schedule, Dianne has earned a reputation second to none right throughout Australia and is much sought after bush balladeer artist.  Dianne is a multi award winning recording artist gaining several  Female Vocal and Peoples’ Choice Awards, was inducted to the 2014 Hands of Fame in Tamworth  and also to the American ‘Old Time Country Music’ Hall of Fame.  Along with husband and lead guitarist, Peter Simpson, Dianne has had four finalist nominations for Golden Guitar ‘Bush Ballad of the Year’.

Each year Dianne is the co-host at the very successful ‘Back to the Bush Concert’ held on the main stage during the Tamworth Country Music Festival. This concert is very popular and has attracted crowds of up to 10,000 people and features our Australian bush balladeer artists.

Visit Dianne's Official Website HERE

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Chad Morgan Junior

Chad Morgan Junior has been writing songs for years but has only recently put the songs down on CD.

With brother Allan in the producers chair and playing most of the instruments he has finally got something to hang his own hat on.

As part of the upcoming Capella Country Music Festival Chad Jnr will be taking the stage with his father and younger brother Allan to perform some of these tunes live for their fans.

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Alisha Smith

Alisha Smith plays Bush Ballad lead guitar in a style similar to the late Barry Thornton who was the father of the Bush Ballad lead guitar and created the sound behind Slim Dusty in the early years.Alisha started out on rhythm and bass guitar in around 1998 and was very fortunate to have Barry Thornton teach her a few licks and tricks along the way. Over the years Alisha has developed her own style but is keeping alive the bush ballad sound.

Alisha has toured right around Australia four times with her partner Keith Jamieson and their daughter Caitlyn. They perform all over the country at festivals, pubs, clubs and old time country halls, also doing regular tours from Queensland right down through the southern states and into South Australia.

She has been nominated for a few awards over the years including being in the finals of the Golden Guitar Awards in 2008 with Charley Boyter for “Tanami Track”. She won the Tasmania/NZ Best Instrumental Album in 2005 with “Guitar Pickin’ Chicken”. Alisha was very honoured to be awarded the Barry Thornton Memorial Award at Bungendore in 2005 and was also nominated in the finals of the TIARA Awards the same year. In 2014 Alisha won the Instrumental Section at the Bungendore Awards with a Terry Bennetts song called “Rabbit Flat Polka”.

Alisha has released two full instrumental albums plus three albums and a DVD with Keith Jamieson. Her latest release is an instrumental duet with Terry Bennetts called “Chicken Pickin’” which is on Terrys latest CD “Guitar Picker”.

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Patricia Morgan

Patricia Has been entertaining around Australia for forty years and has won numerous awards. Patricia has performed and judged at the Boyupbrook Country Music Festival as well as at Harvey Dicksons Music Weekends in Western Australia.

Patricia has travelled Australia performing in many places along the way, she enjoys all kinds of music, easy listening, Country music and also songs from musicals, she has a song to fit all types of audiences.

Patricia is married to Dennis Morgan and they travel around Australia, Dennis does his Don Williams Salute and finishes with both Patricia and himself doing duets. Connect with Patricia HERE

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Shady Mike

Shady Mike the rock n’ roll rebel performs all the greats including : 

Daddy Cool, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Elvis – just to name a few. 

Shady has performed all across Australia, from Melbourne to Mt Isa, Sarina to Silverton and Winton to Weipa, and just loves the bush.

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Caitlyn Jamieson

Caitlyn was born with Country Music in her blood.

With four Australian Tours under her belt, Caitlyn has performed all over the country at festivals, pubs, clubs and old time country halls.

She tours with her Dad Keith Jamieson and Mum Alisha Smith, doing regular tours throughout Queensland and right down to the southern states and into South Australia.

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Dennis Morgan

Dennis Morgan has been entertaining for over 40 years in bands and as a solo artist touring Australia and New Zealand.

Dennis has a very mellow yet at times raunchy voice covering such artists as Dan Williams, The Eagles, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jim Reeves, Neil Diamond, James Taylor and the like.

An addition to his shows is a salute to Don Williams, an American country music singer who passed away in September 2017, and is very well received by Don Williams fans and organisers everywhere.

While in New Zealand he met Bob and Sheila Everhart from the National Traditional Country Music Association in the USA, and they were so impressed with Dennis that they invited him to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.

He has recorded three CD’s, the first of which is called “In Over My Heart”, the second is “A salute to Don Williams” and the third is an album of original songs called “A Substitute No More”. Connect with Dennis HERE.

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Wesley Kingston

Wesley's love of music started in early High School on the Central Coast of NSW. He was very fortunate to have very passionate music teachers who encouraged him to play several musical instruments. He played the Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet & Clarinet.

Wesley's High School Band was invited to play at the Royal Easter Show & placed third in NSW beating the Newtown Performing Arts High School. He was also invited to play at the Banff International Music Festival in Canada both in the School Orchestral Band & The Jam Factory Jazz Band.

Wesley has continued his interest in music & he plays whenever he can. He loves touring around the countryside playing in music festivals, private parties, open mics & doing studio recordings. With a love for all genres of music & a love to entertain. Wesley brings enjoyment to those who will listen.

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Wayne Rand

Wayne has been playing guitar in various bands in North Western Tasmania over the last 30 years, for the most part with his partner Sherry Rand. His talents on the acoustic and electric guitars have seen him at various country music festivals playing behind artists such as Jean Stafford, Daniel Thompson, Andy Toombs  and Gina Timms.

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Trevor Tolton

Trevor's Bio is coming soon.

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Sherry Rand

Singing country is something that Sherry has been doing on stage since starting out in her early teens. Originally singing harmonies with her mother, Sherry has gone onto to become one of Northern Tasmania’s favourite female singers, expanding her repertoire to include pop and rock. A former TCMF Starmaker finalist, Sherry has recently become a regular act at the Devil Country Muster.

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