Tamworth Songwriters' Association 2012 Awards

The Songwriters’ Salute Awards of Australia comprises the following States:

- Traditional Bush Ballad

- Country Ballad

- Contemporary/Modern Country Song

- Comedy/Novelty Song

- Children’s Song

- Gospel Song, and

- Country Song of the Year (best song of the above States).

The New Songwriter Award carries a prize of $1000. Entries are open for material released by an Australasian Country Music artist between 16-10-2010 & 15-10-2011 to any person who has had their first commercial release after 1 January 2006.

The National Country Songwriting Contest closes 30th September, 2011. Trophies and prize money will be on offer for the following States:

- Amateur Contemporary/Modern

- Amateur Traditional

- Professional Contemporary/Modern

- Professional Traditional

- Junior (16 years and under), and

-Lyrics Only.

Winners will be announced at TSA’s Gala Concert on or about Wednesday, 25 January, 2012 in Tamworth. Also presented will be the Songmaker Award, which is decided on votes by all of TSA’s members, and the Tex Morton Award to someone who has made a lasting contribution to the cause of Country Music in Australia.



Boyfriend Jail – John Walsh

Please Don’t Get Me Wrong – Merv Webster

Going Nowhere – John Walsh

McIntyre Melodies – Merv Webster

A Lot Like Home – Alec Raymer

Hi Everyone, It is Great to be able to write to you again! I have been so busy with my schedule! There have been lots of Gigs and I have met lots of wonderful people.

I have a new single out on Country Radio in Australia on Tuesday 14th June.

It is called ‘My Baby Loves Me’, from my Album ‘I’m A Big Girl Now’. I hope that you enjoy hearing it on your favourite Country Radio Stations!

I would like to say a special “Thank You” to all the fans out there that come to the shows and request my songs on Radio! …..And of course…… “Thank You” to all Radio DJs and Media that support my music….I can’t do it without any of you and I am eternally Grateful!!

…..Kel-Anne Brandt


Port Stephens is an easy two hours drive from Sydney. Well known for its nature, sea and land activities and beautiful sandy beaches also makes it one of Australia’s great holiday destinations and home to the Blue Water Country Music Festival .

The Blue Water Country Music Festival is now an established part of the Australian Country Music calendar held over the June long weekend at Port Stephens and Nelson Bay. From humble beginnings the Festival has grown to be a popular and 'must do' event for country music enthusiasts.

In some cases, the venues are on Cruise Boats which pass the day sailing amongst the dolphins in the Port Stephens waterways and the Karuah River a unique concept in Country Music, with the efforts of the organisers to ‘Bring the Country to the Coast’.

Judging by the level of interest from both performers and potential visitors, the magnificent Blue Water paradise of Port Stephens, will again provide a spectacular backdrop to many venues as well as attracting a premier line-up of established Country Music artists.

The 2011 festival is set to be bigger and better than ever!

Some of this year Festival's features will be:

- Artists and Bands

- Concerts

- Blue Water Busking Titles

- Bootscooting

- Bush Poets

- Blue Water Twilight Cruise

- Ute Muster

- Country Music Bus Brewery Tours

2011 to feature

Beccy Cole

Aly Cook

Ryan Sampson (Australian Idol)

Steve Passfield

Jayne Denham

Brothers 3

and many more

Further details:


[SIZE=2]This would have to be one of the BIGGEST 'Urban-Country' festivals around!!

[/SIZE]The Urban Country Music Festival epitomising the unique Queensland town Caboolture, is a little bit urban and a little bit country.

Each May long weekend, the small town only 45 minutes north of Brisbane, opens its gates to 35,000 day visitors geared up for four days of the nation’s hottest country artists, free concerts and events daily.

Boasting a new festival precinct in 2011 including the Caboolture Historical Village, Caboolture Showgrounds and Alexander Parr Sporting Complex with camping only a stone’s throw away – it will be a weekend not to be missed.

Family favourite Urban Blaze has a new role in 2011 – to open the festival in true country style on Friday Night. The festival is pleased to welcome back country superstars Jetty Road to kick up some dust along with crackling bonfires, fire twirling, tough of nails competition and a fireworks extravaganza.

Festival favourites including the Beaut Ute Show, Bush Poets, Bluegrass Brunch, line-dancing, clogging, New Zealand Showcase, Stockman’s Arena and Voice of Urban Talent Search will be returning in 2011.

Grammy Nominated heart throb – Joe Nichols from USA (hits include ‘Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off’, ‘Gimme That Girl’ and ‘The Impossible’) will set hearts racing when he takes to the stage at the Saturday Night Concert. Joe will be supported by James Reyne, The McClymonts, Jonah’s Road and the 2011 Toyota Starmaker.

The festival is also welcoming a Friday Night Rodeo, Urban Country Tribute Show to legends Slim Dusty and Johnny Cash, and for those that enjoy other types of music, Sunday Night Concert (headlined by Evermore, The Potbelleez, Thirsty Merc, Amy Meredith and Sinead Burgess) is for you.

Early-bird tickets and packages (including camping) are on sale now until 31 January, 2011. Be sure to pick up a bargain and go in the draw to win a Jonah’s Road prize pack including a personal visit by Jay, John and Rodney over the festival weekend, signed CD and Urban Country shirt.

Why not check out the Urban Country website (www.urbancountry.com.au) to start planning your four days of festival fun. Don’t forget to sign up for the Urban Country e-newsletter to go into the draw to win exclusive subscriber prizes and be the first in the know.

Follow Urban Country on facebook www.facebook.com/UrbanCountry.

The festival, presented by Moreton Bay Regional Council, is supported by major sponsors Caboolture Shire Herald and Grand Prix Mazda.


Artists for the 2011 festival listed alphabetically by first name:

  • Aly Cook
  • Amanda Halloran
  • Amy Meredith
  • Australian Institute of Country Music
  • Bob Corbett and The Roo Grass Band
  • Brendan Leggatt
  • Chad Shuttleworth
  • Chelsea Basham
  • Dallas Steele
  • Don Costa
  • Doug Bruce and The Tailgaters
  • Doug Stuart
  • Ellie & Reg Thompson
  • Emma Barlow
  • Evermore
  • Firetricks
  • fRETfEST
  • Graham Rodger
  • Gravel Road
  • Halfway
  • James Reyne
  • Jetty Road
  • Joe Nichols
  • John Flannagan & The Begin Agains
  • Jonah's Road
  • Kalesti Butler
  • Kaylee Bell
  • Kimberly Bowden
  • Lance Coassin
  • Luke Dickens
  • Mickey Pye
  • Mitchy Mayhem and his Puppet Patrol
  • Noel Parlane
  • Paul Costa
  • Peter McWhirter
  • Redlands Bluegrass Boys
  • Rod Brandt
  • Rose Carleo
  • Sarah Kay
  • Sinead Burgess.
  • Sista Burley
  • Steven Jaymes
  • Tanya Sims
  • The Bobkatz
  • The Bostocks
  • The McClymonts
  • The O'Donnells
  • The Potbelleez
  • The Rain
  • The Whiskey Ridge
  • Thirsty Merc
  • Tori Darke
  • Trevor Tolton
  • Turanga Ake Group
  • Uncle Bob’s Jug Band

Don’t miss the first-ever Sydney Country Music Festival

Stampeding into the Sydney Hills from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 Apri


Sydney Country Music Festival 2011

Friday 1 April 2011

Gates Open at 4pm - Concert starts at 7pm

The Main Event/Concert will be taking place at Castle Hill Showground and is a double celebration as the Castle Hill Show celebrates its 125th year.

Headlining this years’ fabulous event is Country Sensation Troy Cassar-Daley with hot acts McAlister Kemp and Jetty Road.

Location Details:

Castle Hill Showground - entry via Doran Drive (off Carrington Road) Castle Hill.

The Castle Hill Showground at Castle Hill is located less than 45mins from Sydney via the M2 freeway, this destination is easily accessible from anywhere across the Sydney Metropolitan area and beyond.