The South Australian Country music awards start on June 3rd!!

This festival and Awards are the biggest and most prestigious in South Australia and the third biggest in Australia!

Winners compete for South Australian Awards of Excellence and are presented in the South Australian 'Tamworth Showcase' each year at the Tamworth Country Music festival.

Thousands of visitors travel to the Riverland to attend “The Friendly Festival” and see the Country Music Hall of Fame and a Hands of Fame Park.

Thousands of visitors from across Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand make the trip to the Riverland to enjoy ten days of fun.

The Festival runs from 3rd - `13th June and the Country Music Awards are held on the 11th & 12th June.

Artists appearing include:

John McLeod Rick Bartlett Amber Joy Poulton

Wayne Horsburg Jason Lee Gary Burrows with The Rustlers

Brian Letton

Meagan Laurie

Dave Prior

Charlie McCracken

Jay Tobin

Angela Easson

Davd Verrall

Melody Feder

Dannis Verran

Mark Tempany and Alison Hams

Bob Magor

and many, many more great artists.

Visit the South Australian Country Music home page for more information:

Saturday 14 May 2011

Kapunda Trotting Track, Hancock Rd, Kapunda

Bring the family out for this fundraising event at Kapunda Trotting Track.

All proceeds go to assist Cancer support and other local Community Groups

11am till late

Performers include:

  • Lee Brocky & Outback Overdrive
  • Rod & Judith Dawson
  • The Texettes

  • Phoenix
  • Jim Ramos Band
  • Chooka Williams

  • David & Helen Croser
  • Kamian Country
  • Nathaniel O’Brien
  • Ian List

Plus many more


Hancock Road, KAPUNDA


Children under 15 free when accompanied by an adult

Entry after 7pm Free

BYO Chairs and Rugs—No Eskies—Full Catering facilities available

For further information call Chris—(08) 8566 3140 or 0408 100 209

Entrance Fees:

$15 Adult

$12 Concession

Be sure to visit the South Australian Council for Country Music website for this event and other gigs in South Australia.

[INDENT]Lameroo Country Music Festival - Amber Joy Poulton, Craig Giles, Rick Bartlett and many more!


Saturday 30th April, 11am - 10pm in the Main Hall & Supper Room $22 (incl GST)

Saturday night from 7.30pm - 10pm in the Main Hall will be Rockabilly & 50's/60's Rock'n'Roll.

Sunday 1st May. "Farewell Breakfast & Concert" in the Supper Room 8.30am - 11am $8

Two great venues under one big roof. The Main Hall features a large dance floor and plenty of seating. The Supper Room is a good place to relax & enjoy lighter entertainment. Snacks, Meals, Soft Drinks, Tea and Coffee available at reasonable prices. This is an alcohol free event.

Sound provided by Red Brick Music.

Pre-purchased tickets will go into the major draw. Tickets will be limited to ensure the comfort of everyone so get in early to secure your tickets.

Ticket & Accommodation enquiries phone Kath on 08 85763395


Clare's 'banjo girl' a hit at Tamworth


16 Feb, 2011 10:38 AM

Dubbed the “banjo girl” at Tamworth, Taylor Pfeiffer of Clare became a hit with the locals.

While busking at the Tamworth Country Music Festival last month, Taylor was joined by banjo player Hamish Davidson in Peel Street. Hamish Davidson is one of The Davidson Brothers and together the pair busked for about half an hour after he spotted her. This was just one of the highlights to her time at the Country Music Festival.

Taylor learnt to play the banjo at the age of 7 after hearing the song Skippy, and she hasn’t looked back. Now 11, Taylor has just purchased her second banjo, with money earned from competitions and busking.

Taylor’s pickup wasn’t working on her banjo and, after spending all day trying to fix it, they found Laurie Minsen, who fixed it for them. Little did they know Laurie was a Golden Guitar winner and Lee Kernaghan’s banjo player and guitarist! Taylor went on to play as a special guest in seven shows at Tamworth.

After being spotted by Hamish Davidson, Taylor was invited to perform with the Davidson Brothers at their Bluegrass Breakfast gig at Wests. While at this gig Taylor performed the instrumental Ballad of Jed Clampett (The Beverley Hillbillies) and This is your Land by Shirley Thoms in front of a packed out venue.

Prior to leaving for Tamworth Taylor had auditioned for a ticket to Melinda Schneider’s Schneider Idol. She was one of eight people from Australia to receive a ticket to compete. Taylor performed Be Yourself, she was the youngest performer and this was the only competition she entered while in Tamworth.

Taylor learnt some wise words from all celebrities she met. “I learnt that, every time I pick up my banjo, to learn something new and that nothing is impossible,” Taylor said. The gigs where Taylor was a special guest included the Runaway Dixie show at the Balladeers Homestead, SA Showcase at Coca Cola Stage, Slim, Bazza and Stan Tribute Show at Balladeers Homestead, Davidson Brothers Bluegrass Showcase at WESTS and Andrew Clermonts Bluegrass Showcase at North Tamworth Bowling

One special show was the ABBA Star Quest at Diggers, where Taylor performed in front of Joy McKean – the late Slim Dusty’s widow. After the performance, Joy spoke with Taylor and told her how much she loved how Taylor sang and played the banjo to Slim’s song Saddle Boy.

Taylor is a fan of Casey Chambers and was able to see her again at Tamworth, speak with her and have a photograph taken. Her achievements stretch far and wide and although many of them are trophies and medals, she cherishes the achievements of being booked to do a gig, meeting the famous and people recognising her.

Taylor practices the banjo every day and has lessons once a fortnight with her instructor Peter Miller. She’s not the first to play the banjo in her family, her grandmother also played. Taylor follows in the footsteps of her older sisters who both play instruments and sing. “I hope to become famous with singing and playing the banjo,” Taylor said. Taylor isn’t afraid of performing and loves a crowd and hopes to learn the Julian Banjo soon.

She will feature statewide on ABC Radio with Peter Goers when he interviews her on Friday, March 4, at 7.45pm. Taylor’s mum Brenda said Mr Goers has requested she teach him some banjo during the interview.

"Nathaniel has taken out the Prestigious title of 2010 Junior South Australian Champion Of Champions, 17 yrs & Under champion. This makes him BOTH the Victorian & South Australian Junior CHAMPION OF CHAMPS for 2010, @ 14years of age. "


"2010 Junior Victorian Champion Of Champions.... Nathaniel journeyed to Mildura for the Country Music Festival; 1st Junior Vocal;1st Junior Gospel; 3rd Australian; 1st Junior Overall; 1st Grand overall .....Great come back to his singing "

;) 2010 Junior Victorian Champion of Champs