Not only are we pleased as punch to be opening the festival at 10am, but we'll also be featuring rockin' new tracks from our brand new CD "BLUE SKY AVENUE". It's our first release featuring ex and still sometimes Straight 8 Gretsch grinder, Tony Persic. All CD's are a bargain at $10 each and along with this newie there'll also be copies of our previous 2 releases at the merchandise tent.

Sunday January 9th, 2011

9:00 am - 6:30 pm Gates open 8:00 am

The Sunny Cowgirls

It sometimes seems like The Sunny Cowgirls have risen straight from the warm heart of Australia. They radiate sunshine and that dry, laconic Aussie sense of hunour. Sunny Cowgirls Sophie and Celeste Clabburn are the first to admit that they need a little dirt under their fingernails to create their own very special brand of music. "The songs we write come from a very special place - we are always inspired by where we've been and people we've met. If we stay away from the bush too long, we find we just cant write," said Sophie.

Recognised nationally as one of "the hottest country groups" going around,The Sunny Cowgirls will be appearing at the 2011 Red Hill Country Music Festival on 9th January. The Girls will perform songs from each of their four albums they have released since they started out in 2005.The Sunny Cowgirls really sing up a storm wherever they appear, and we're going to be in for a real treat.

Amber Joy Poulton

Amber Joy has performed as a singer for more than ten years and enjoyed every moment. She is well known for her fabulous "Honky Tonk Angels" Loretta Lynn Tribute show where she performs favourites including Coal Miner's Daughter. At the beginning of 2009 Amber Joy was selected as a Top 10 Grand Finalist in the Tamworth Toyota Starmaker competition and released her first original album, 'Taking Goodbye', co-written and produced by TIARA Best Male Vocalist, Doug Bruce. Rising Star has had radio play around the country and hit the Top 30 of the Australian Country Music Charts while "Good Old Fashioned Days" has been awarded the APRA SA Best Traditional Country Song of the Year 2009.

Amber Joy comes from a singing family and has seen the industry first hand through her auntie's career, Australia's favourite Julie Anthony. Having appeared at Boyup Brook, Mildura, SA Stampede and many other country music festivals we are pleased to add the Red Hill CMF to her list where she will be performing her own hits as well as those of the queens of country....Loretta Lynne, June Carter, Patsy Cline and more.

Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters

Texas-born singer/songwriter Doug Bruce played drums for Billy Yates and others in the US and has played the 'Grand Ole Opry' in Nashville. He now resides in Bendigo, and with his band, The Tailgaters, has been impressing die-hard country fans and new converts alike with his rich voice and natural affinity for the southern country sound. His many awards include 2009 Best male Vocalist in the TIARA's. Victorian Male Vocalist, Victorian Album of the Year and the Smokey Dawson Best Independent Release (for album, All I Need). Doug has had great success on the Australian Country Music Channel also this year.

Doug Bruce and The Tailgaters performed around Australia, the US and in Europe in 2009/2010. So much more is to come for this artist and band....get on the bandwagon and hang on!

Tim Farren

Tim Farren is a Victorian based singer/songwriter. Winner of the 2005 Victorian Male Vocalist Award, 2006 CMAA College of Country Music Graduate and Grand Finalist in the 2006 Toyota Star Maker Quest. Tim Farren stands out from the new wave of talent in Australian country music because he has that rare ability to capture a live audience simply through presence and leave a lasting impression with a song. His audiences love it, and it keeps them coming back. 'Knowing an audience is enjoying my performance as much as I am is what really matters to me', says Tim. Tim's career in Country Music continues to grow. His dedication to his craft and commitment to building his career have seen him travel thousands of kilometers to sing and play wherever there was an opportunity.

Tim and his band won the most popular band at the Country Music Guild of Australasia 2007/2008, and Tim won vocalist of the year for 2008/2009.

Prairie Oysters

The Prairie Oysters have been raising hell and eyebrows all over the country ever since 2005 with their brand of country music that even makes non-believers get up, put on a pair of boots and start dancing. These blokes certainly know how to have fun and that key ingredient has endeared them to friends around the world with their down to earth sense of humour, and a set of strong original and cover tunes which blur the lines between country, bues, rockabilly and rock 'n' roll.

Their popularity has been recognised with three awards for most popular band by the Country Music Guild of Australasia, top ten finalists for 2009 Victorian and National Country Music Awards and a 2009 Golden Guitar Nomination. They are currently finalists in the Victorian & National Country Music Awards 2011.

Moonee Valley Drifters


Bona Fide Travellers

Top local and interstate artists will present a wide range of country music including country rock, bluegrass and honky tonk, making for a great days entertainment for the huge crowd who flock to the Mornington Peninsula for this festival each year.

Fans will be able to Meet and Greet the artists after each performance and purchase their CDs at the merchandise tent.

A wonderful day of entertainment is promised with line dancing, a variety of market stalls, childrens rides, raffles, and reasonably priced food and drink stalls. A bar will be provided by the Red Hill Football Club for your convenience.

Young Talent

The day also includes a Young Talent Segment that proves that we have so much talent waiting to be discovered. The past years have seen some sensational performances so come early not to miss. Sponsored by the Rye and District Community Bank this showcase of young artists pave the way to a brilliant day of Country Music for the whole family.

Red Hill Hot Rod Show & Shine & Ute Muster

Hundreds of Hot Rods, Classic and Custom Cars & Utes will be on display with Free Entry for each driver. Trophies will be awarded including the Ian Shaw Memorial Award. Gates open at 8am. The Young Talent Segment commences at 9am and Bands play from 10am till 6pm.

Entry prices

$25 Adults.

$20 Pensioners

Children 14 years old and under are Free.

Wet weather cover available. The show will go on even if inclement weather occurs.

Ample free parking is provided along with the many food market stalls to make this a great day of family entertainment.

We received this email from Mark of Rough Cut

"Roughcut would like to thank all those who attended the reunion last night. We had a full house and there was electricity in the Air, All those great times came back with happy faces all around. A lot of people caught up from the good old days

It was fantastic hearing the cheering from the crowd after the first song and then the rest. Most of all, we would like to thank Keith and frank and the country music guild of Australasia for giving us the opportunity to play. The band members Yorkie, Tony, Mark, Bruce, Burke and Michael on keys, had a great time and catching up with friends, we also like to thank john on lights and Bruce on sound for all there help.

If you like to hear more of Roughcut, drop us an email or keep an eye on the website, we are looking forward to doing some more gigs.

photo's of the night can be viewed on website"

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After a 10 year break, the Rough Cut band members have come back together to perform the songs that made them popular in the early 90’s at venues like Brands and Cathie’s Lane in Wantirna, along with some great new material.

The Pascoe Vale RSL was chosen as their comeback venue. Original founder Yorkie,will be fronting the band along with Mark, Bruce, Tony and guest fiddler John Kendall.

Yorkie - vocals and guitar

Mark Woolridge - lead guitar and vocals

Bruce Baker - bass

Mike Burke - pedal steel

John Kendall - special guest fiddler

Tony - drums

Read more about Roughcut and see some great old photos fom the early days...

The Country Music Guild Of Australasia presents the best

in country music every Friday at the Pascoe Vale RSL

40 Cumberland Road Pascoe Vale, Victoria.

(Cnr of Cumberland Rd and O’Hea St)

8.00-11.30 pm $8.

Yes FOLKS it’s now been 25 YEARS since one of Melbourne's revered treasures the Moonee Valley Drifters started doing gigs in Melbourne. This was during the early days of the Hawke Government, just after Australia won the America’s Cup, Muddy Waters and George Jones were going strong, and John Howard was a big loser.

IN 1985 Tom Forsell and Warren Rough got it started with steel great the late Peter Linden, and Bernie O'Brian bass. Unfortunately this line-up lasted about three months, then Tom reformed the band with Rob Grenville on guitar, and a couple of other players including Gerry Hale (Uncle Bill) and finally adding Paul Pyle on double bass, Andrew Lindsay on drums and the return of Peter Linden on steel. This line-up stayed together for quite awhile and established the band with long residencies at the Terminus and Great Northern Hotels.

Forsell maintained the band through long term residencies at pubs like the Cricketeers Arms, the Bleak House, and finally the Old Homestead for 11 years. The band were playing over 120 gigs a year, including the Gympie Muster, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Byron Bay fest, Channel 9 TV shows and live radio on the ABC, RRR, 3CR, and PBS. The band released and recorded 5 CDs’ on Brunswick Records, Larrikin-festival, and TWO independent release all of which received significant airplay and great reviews from Rolling Stone through the Age, Sun, Sydney, Brisbane and Tamworth papers. They had songs in Australian films and managed to be written into Sydney crime writer Robert G. Barrett’s books, supported Herbie Hancock, shared the stage with Flaco Jimenez, Chad Morgan, Lee Kernagan and Slim Dusty. But amazingly they were able to do all of this without compromising but played vintage or “crucial country” with a mix of Cajun, swing, blues, and rhumbas styles and a strong dose of original songs.

The Drifters were nominated for best country instrumental at Tamworth, and “Here I go Again” was in the top 20 on Sydney’s 2UZ in the early 90’s, but the real legacy and story is the bands ability to mesh honky tonk, with swing, Cajun, and even Latinish rhythms to bring people in and keep em” on the dance floor. So in this day of planned obsolesces, some atonal vocals, and throw away music, its nice to see something that’s good last for 25 years. Come down and join them for their 25 year birthday celebration AS THIS GIG WILL NOT BE REPEATED. This show will have current band members as well as past members which will feature 3 different lineups, with songs from 1985 through to now. So don’t miss it, and “its hot, it swings and its crucial”.



East brunswick hotel- Lygon St

Brunswick from 2;00 sharp through 5:00 pm

$10 cover at the door

With The Drifters including

Tom Forsell, Paul Pyle, Nick Grant, Nick summers and Dude Brockton with guests Brendan Shearson, Rick Dempster, Rob Grenville and more Guests