“I can only surmise that this weird life is meant to be a writer’s tool.”
Peter Healy is a multi talented writer and performer with a career spanning radio, television, film and music. He has worked both in front of and behind the camera, on and backstage.
Pete’s life began on the land. His parents were farmers and a long association and rapport with nature and animals was fostered in his rural upbringing. By his own admission ‘a bit of a dog whisperer’ Pete’s love for the land often surfaces in his creative writing and music.
He has won many awards for his literary works and music, is published internationally, has been written up in the New York Times, has radio airplay in Australia and internationally and has appeared in motion pictures and television.
He also digs a mean trench.
“As a traveller – and I seem to be an eternal gypsy – one turns the hands to many different tasks in order to survive.
This has both blessed and sustained me over countless miles and mixed circumstance. I have proven versatile and resilient, if nothing else.” says Pete.
Pete’s lyrics and poetry reflect well the human condition. Topics are as diverse as love and love lost, through to planetary degradation and tropical fruit. Everyday events are turned into shiny gems, politicians and policy makers given an often necessary serve and all of us are treated to a poetic and at times humorous wake up call.
“Mostly, after everything, it’s come down to music for me”.
“I just want to play the damn guitar”’ (Title of and story of a one eyed dog who wants to play steel guitar – from one of Pete’s songs)
“ . . . and I suspect that the old dog is really me”.
“I won’t sing it, if I ain’t lived it.” That quote from Darin Warner sums up the life and music of this award-winning singer/songwriter from Australia, where he is much sought-after as a country performer.
2013: COUNTRY MALE ARTIST / INTERNATIONAL ARTIST (2 categories) – ICMA
(Independent Country Music Association)
Having completed the 2012 USA -NO REGRETS Tour now booking for the 2013 International Tour to perform shows in Australia, Europe & the USA!
Fresh off the Nashville stages Tootsie’s & Ho
nky Tonk Central June ’12 CMA’s Darin Warner Headlined for Patriot Outreach Warrior Jam 2012, Fayettville, NC at the Crown Arena!
His title track, NO REGRETS sky rocketed to #1 (June 23, ’12) on the Roots Music Report a few weeks after it was added to rotation. The RMR charts are compiled from radio airplay data only (total # of spins per album). All data is reported directly to the RMR database by DJ’s, MD’s and Program Directors from member reporting radio stations.
NO REGRETS, landed at #1 simultaneously on Top 30 Country Indie Chart & Top 85 Country Main Chart-NewMusicWeekly.com (Sept. 28, ’12)
The year 2011 titled him: #1 ‘HOT’ Country Artist / #1-NATIONAL Country Charts – (Australia;Germany;Ireland;Netherlands;Denmark) /
#1 LOCAL, NATIONAL & GLOBAL Americana Charts / Top #10-GLOBAL Country Artist (Reverbnation) / Top#10 – European Country Chart & his fan base is exploding as the Globe / hears his music! While he calls Australia his home base, his fan base of
over 26,000 continues to expand from Texas to the East Coast and into the Mid West of the US.
He is often FEATURED ARTIST on several Internet Radio Stations & in their regular rotation.
In addition, he has been recognized with numerous country music awards, and was named the 2007″
Male Vocalist of the Year” – South Australia Country Music Association.
2012:BEST MALE ARTIST- Independent Country Music Association (ICMA)-nominee *
For anyone who feels the country spirit, or about to discover it through his music, here is the adventure into the soul that country music was meant to be. Through talent and craftsmanship, his melodies evoke emotion and mere words are elevated to poetry. Here, in music and lyrics, Darin Warner exposes the heart of a man.
Alison Hams is recognised as one of Australian country music’s most professional and versatile performers.
Already known for her colourful onstage appearance and fine musicianship, Ali’s public profile has expanded through features in broadcast medias including a 2004 live performance on Bert Newton’s “Good Morning Australia” television show across Australia.
Alison’s music has seen her perform nationally, in New Zealand and Nashville – and be a Grand Finalist in TOYOTA Star Maker, arguably Australian country music’s greatest professional talent search.
“Second Fiddle” from her all-original album “Daisy Train” was a 2005 WINNER of one of the world’s biggest songwriting searches – the UK Songwriting Contest judged from thousands of entries from professional songwriters all over the world!
At the heart of “Workin’ Overtime” are husband and wife team Stewart and Tammie Ray. The couple began working together as the duo “Two Of A kind” not long after they first met in the eighties. They soon ventured into country music festivals state wide to take out numerous awards and made several television appearances. After moving to Toowoomba QLD to build their career in the music industry they got to meet and work with some incredible talent. “Artists like Albert Lee, Steve Morse, and Gina Jeffreys are amazing people both on and off stage. And some are just plain good fun, like Tommy and Phil Emmanuel.”
‘Workin’ Overtime’ came about from a group of friends who were keen to get together and play good fun music that would make people want to get up and dance. ‘Workin’ Overtime’ soon became a popular outfit. Workin’ Overtime have performed all over the country, playing everywhere from barn dances in country halls, clubs and bars, to festivals and biker rallies. The band are in mostly known for private functions and the weddings/social club circuit.
Rod Porter (Drums and percussion) is originally from Berri (S.A.), where he played in great bands like ‘Fat Mattress’, and ‘Railroad’. Rod Porter was a resident player at the Berri Hotel for many years with memorable highlights like backing blues legend Bo Diddley among many other artists. Rod was involved with the Barmera Country Music Festival – working with Country Music icon Rocky Page. Rod has also played with many bands around Adelaide – most notably with ‘Claypan’ for many years, where they played at Country Music clubs all around South Australia, as well as travelling interstate to perform at places like Tamworth. Claypan were awarded Best Country act in S.A. at the Fowlers Music Awards in 2012, and that same year Rod won the best song writer as judged by C.M.S.A. for ‘Light Years Away’ – with Nathaniel O’Brien. Rod brings to the group a wealth of history and experience that shows in his playing and attention to detail.
Joslyn Fernandez (Rhythm/Lead Guitar and vocals)
A long-time friend of Rods, Joslyn comes from a very musical family. Most widely known for his exceptional work in the group ‘The Garuda Band’, where he played with the five Fernandez Brothers – Malcolm, Addie, Walter, Joslyn, and Gary. They were highly sought after in the cabaret and social club circuit.
Joslyn also filled in as a lead guitarist/vocalist with country and western band ‘Southern Wildfire’ for 2 years.
With a wide repertoire of material, solid guitar chops, tasteful lead guitar, and smooth silky vocals that blend so well in Workin’ Overtime, Joslyn brings many elements to the band that complement the outfit so well.
Tammie Ray (Bass Guitar and vocals)
From Angelic tones, to country girl twang, to rock chick on bass – Tammie has it all. With a smile on her dial Tammie lays down the bass grooves while belting out harmonies that make you want more.
Stewart Ray (Rhythm/Lead/Synth Guitar and vocals)
Stewart has extensive experience in many areas of the music industry including sales, repairs, and production, but is most at home as a guitar player and M.D. ‘Things are working well for us right now.’ Adds Stewart. ‘We have great fun with the audience. They get a kick out of our selection of tunes and the way we put them across. It’s all about getting folks singing along, clapping, dancing, and putting a smile on their faces. It’s hard work at times, but it’s all worth it.’
With a massive range of influences like The Eagles, CCR, Linda Rondstadt, Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker, The Mavericks, Van Morrison, Patsy Cline, Vince Gill, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, The Angels, ZZ Top, The Shadows, Dixie Chicks, and Lynyrd Skynrd – WORKIN’ OVERTIME appeal to everybody with a repertoire full of ‘Wow, I love that song…’ tunes. They play with passion and have a knack for a creative approach to making good tunes great.‘
Mark Tempany entered the folk music scene in the early 1990’s, then in 1994 was encouraged to visit the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival. His success was immediate – winning two major awards at the CCMA National Talent Search – and Mark was now firmly in the Australian country music industry.
A national Australian tour with UK superstar Charlie Landsborough and performances alongside national identities like Kate Ceberano and James Blundell saw Mark’s rise continue.
Mark has toured successfully to USA, NZ & Europe, appeared on National TV, been a Golden Guitar nominee, is inducted in the BRAND SOUTH AUSTRALIA HALL OF FAME, the South Australian Country Music HALL OF FAME & has WON 11 QRA Sunnie Awards. His 5 albums all released to critical acclaim & chart success.
With a reputation for superb performances, over 15,000 album sales, multi award-winning & multi media successes all over Australia & overseas – Mark’s unique Australian music has certainly made an impression
Photo taken at the Southern Country Music Club Feb 12, 2017 by Ian Fisk
Kevin, Darryl, Daniel and Vince
when playing Rock they call themselves Stepping Back
|Kevin Bergen||Lead Guitar/Pedal Steel/Banjo/Mandolin/Vocals Kevin has established a reputation as one of South Australia’s most sought after musicians. His versatility provides Heartland with the unique ability to showcase a variety of lead instruments. He has played in a number of bands such as Both Barrels, Buckshot and was a regular participant in The South Australian Council of Country Music Showcase band.|
|Darryl Eckert||Bass/rhythm/lead guitars, harmonies and vocals, Darryl began his music career in old time bands before developing an interest in country music. He is and experienced guitarist having appeared with such bands as The Premiers.|
|Vince Wegener||Piano/Rhythm Guitar/Harmony Vocals Vince played in old time dance bands and rock n roll before moving into the Country music scene appearing with Flaming Country and Limestone Country and various backing and recording spots.|
|Daniel Schache||Drums. – Daniel had the sticks passed down to him when his father David retired in Dec 2016. He is very new to the country music scene playing the drums, even though he has been drumming most of his life, his background is 50s / 60s rock n roll playing lead guitar for shadows tribute band ATLANTIS.|
Bernie and the Bandits
Bernie and the Bandits have been playing their own cabaret style of Country Music now for two decades. Bernie “the Bandit” Scott was born and bred in Yankalilla where he began drumming at the age of nine with his father in an old time dance band, moving on to rock bands in the 60’s and 70’s. He can play almost anything he picks up, including clarinet and saxophone.
David Cross joined Bernie and the Bandit’s as keyboard player in 2002. He also sings and harmonises and like Bernie, David had his musical start in pop bands, crossing over to Country Music in the 80’s.
Bobby Craig replaced Bert Elliott the band as drummer. Originally from Ireland, Bobby has been in Pop/Rock bands throughout his career. Bobby adds further to the versatility of the band with his vocals and harmonies.
Kevin Bergen – multitalented musician from Gawler, plays pedal steel, when a 5-piece band is required.
Ian Woods – on bass
Each of these talented members has earned themselves respect to go with their countless awards in the music industry over the years. Bernie and the Bandits are able to mix and match a repertoire to suit audiences, with a little pop, 50’s/60’s rock’n’roll, country rock, military two steps mixed in with standard sand classic country music.
They are a fun band with plenty of good sing-a-long country music!
Olive is a regular at Mildura and at Barmera to name a few festivals.
Olive’s loyal fans have crowned her Bendigo’s Queen of Country Music and she has even been referred to as Australia’s Queen of Country Music, Victoria’s Queen of Country Music and the Big ‘0’ of Country Music.
Olive’s dedication to nurturing of young performers coming through the ranks and her tuition and guidance has launched many other country artists in their careers.
Olive is an established and popular recording artist and now (1999) records on the Birubi label. She was influenced by artists such as Shirley Thoms, June Holmes and Patsy Cline. During the 1980’s she toured Australia with her own show.
June 1993 she extended her horizons by taking part in the Australian Showcase Tour to the Gore Awards in New Zealand.
Olive’s repertoire is wide from the sweet sounds of Anne Murray and Patsy Cline to the Belters of Dolly Parton and Linda Rondstadt. She is also brilliant at performing traditional hillbilly standards and yodelling classics her versatile voice will lend itself to jazz, country, rock and roll, but it is the field of country music in which Olive’s star shines brightly.
With a career which has spanned over thirty years, Olive has worked with Lee Conway, Jimmy Little, Rocky Page, Barry Thornton, Slim Dusty, The Hawking Brothers, Chad Morgan, Wayne Horsburgh, Kathryn & Elaine Pitt, Denise Morrison, and the Howie Brothers – to name just a few. Happy Birthday 9th June.
(Above words adapted by Ian Fisk (www.ianfisk.org) from the 1999 21st Annual Country Music Festival Program)
The Hoffmans Duo
Heather and David have been performing country music since the early years of their lives.
Having met in 1982, Heather joined David’s band Top Country and the two married soon after.
Spending 12 years on Queensland’s Gold Coast playing professionally in the club circuits they have now come back to there first love Country Music.
Heather is a well-seasoned performer. She started to sing at 7 years of age at local talent quests, schools and clubs.
Heather won a scholarship to study classically at the Melba Conservatorium and finished with honors at AMEB levels.
Heather has worked in bands since the early 80’s but she is now very happy to sing with husband, David doing what they do best.
David has performed mainly as a backing band member since the tender age of 13. The best know “star” he has toured with was Normie Rowe where he toured for 2 years around Australia in the late 70’s at the young age of 17.
David has also played for many well-known acts at festivals and concerts such as Lee Conway, The Hawking Bros, and Frankie Davidson.
Together they will tell you that there is nothing better than working with each other. They have such diverse backgrounds in music but with their captivate harmonies, along with their crystal clear voices all their performances are described as being exhilarating, humorous, emotive and passionate.
Don Costa, one of Australia’s favourite Independent Country Music Artists, based on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, has just released his new album “The Fire Still Burns”. Produced by Stuie French and mastered by Jeff McCormack. Don was inducted into the SA Country Music Hall of Fame. He has had the pleasure of being a part of some of Australia’s world renowned country music festivals including the Mount Isa Rodeo, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Mildura Country Music Festival and the Gympie Muster , just to name a few.
Don has performed on the CRUISIN COUNTRY cruise, alongside an impressive line up of Australian Country Music talent such as Lee Kernaghan, Adam Harvey, Troy Casser Daley, Beccy Cole, Gina Jeffreys and many more.
Stay tuned for some Country Music you love by Don Costa.
Bill Chambers New Album ‘Cold Trail’ is his first studio album in 4 Years. Although in the meantime he’s released the Live @ The Pub Tamworth DVD and CD.
Bill has left anything but a ‘Cold Trail, he continues to tour the world playing in daughter Kasey’s band and also his own solo shows, playing anything from house concerts and coffee lounges to major festivals.
If you’ve been in the audience at a Bill Chambers concert you’ll notice he always travels with a swag of guitars showcasing his connection to different styles of music that he’s been influenced by over the years.
“I grew up listening to the Hillbilly music my mum and dad played when i was a kid. I discovered early Rock’n’Roll, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. In recent times I’ve been particularly influenced by the Texas Singer/Songwriters”.
When he’s not on the road you’ll most likely find Bill producing and playing on some other artists album.
‘I consider myself lucky to have worked in the studio with so many talented people over the years, it’s always exciting to discover new artists and work on great songs’.
Bill has produced albums for Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Arna Georgia, Michaela Jenke, Amos Morris, Jessica Belle, Sandra Humphries and HalleyAnna Finlay from Texas.
When you see Bill Chambers live on stage its evident that his music reflects his early influences and resonates with stories of his life on the road.
Peter ‘Sarge’ Warner
Photo and Bio by Ian Fisk – <a href=”http://www.ianfisk.org/” target=”_blank”>www.ianfisk.org</a>
Peter Warner known as ‘Sarge’ to his friends, has lived a life that reads like many of the country songs he knows and loves. It is in the delivery of Peter’s songs that one can see, and hear, the true conviction of someone that knows no other way than to sing from the heart.
From a young age music has been paramount in Peters life. Peter recalls times where he as a young boy he would sing the Buddy Williams song “the Orphan Boy and his Dog” to anyone willing to give him an ear. It was there on the dairy farm at Mannum, in South Australia where he and his five brothers grew up, that music was engrained into Peter’s soul and a passion was born.
Always encouraged to follow his passion for music, Peter at the age of 14 left school and joined a band called the ‘Jay men’ where he tasted the world of pubs, clubs and no sleep.
Then came other bands like the ‘Night Beats’, TV shows in Adelaide with Roger Cardwell and Reg Lindsey, all the while truck driving interstate to earn the money to continue with the music he loved.
In 1971 Hearing of great opportunities in the gold fields of Western Australia, Peter joined his two brothers where he worked underground by day and preformed with Peter Warner and the Travellers by night. The lure of the big lights in 1978 led Peter to Perth where he formed ‘Branded Country’ the benchmark of the West’s country bands for five years until the band broke up. It was then back to solo work, building up to a staggering 15 gigs a week.
For a break from the intense schedule, Peter returned to interstate truck driving. In his own words he has always been a bit of a villain’. Many of his friends would agree. Though most thought the Warner voice to be the best in country music. However Sarge was too well known for blowing chances when they came.
This all changed after Peter was involved in what he believes was a life changing moment. He was asleep in the relief driver’s bunk in a loaded semi heading east. Near Balladonia it left the road and overturned. While the Warner body was being repaired the Warner mind and spirit had a good look at life ahead. The urge to do more with music, and hold onto the chances when they came, was now a driving force motivating him to where he is today.
Too describe Peter Warner’s life and career properly would take a novel that would exhaust the most avid of reader. However when you hear Peter Warner sing, listen to the warmth and the feeling It is coming from the heart of a man who’s been through most of it and wants to share it with you.
Darin & Mathew
Peter Warner’s Sons
RICKY & TAMMY OSYPENKO
Brother and sister Jurij and Tamara Osypenko were born to Ukranian parents in Germany after the Second World War. The family immigrated to South Australia in 1951 to Kingston-On-Murray. They took the stage name of “Ricky and Tammy”.
From an early age Ricky wanted to sing and play guitar.
1960 – Aged 11 Rick started guitar lessons with Rocky Page. Tammy began singing with Rick 6 months later. Encouraged by Rocky page they began performing in the local area.
1961 – Toured with Slim Dusty in Tasmania during their school holidays. It was Slim who suggested their stage names. Moved to Sydney at the invitation of Johnny Devlin.
1963 – Toured with show promoter Frank Foster along with other artists such as Tex Morton, Chad Morgan, The LeGarde Twins and Kevin Shegog. Toured for 4 1/2 years and covered over 200,000 kilometres.
Late 1960’s – Recorded four singles and an E.P. for the Sunshine Label. Returned to Sydney to perform on the club circuit.
1968 – Difficult to get work in Sydney so did two tours entertaining the troops in Vietnam.
1973 – After appearances on Reg Lindsay’s Country and Western Hour they were offered a regular spot on the Travelin’ Out West country program hosted by John Williamson from Newcastle and screened on 50 TV stations Australia wide. The program aired for 2 years. This program produced two albums featuring the shows regulars and resulted in the release of two albums on EMI by Ricky and Tammy- “Songs of Many Colours” and “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye”.
1977 – Stopped working professionally after 16 years. Tammy had her first child and Ricky pursued a solo career.
1986 – South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Early 1980’s – Tammy and her husband had a restaurant on the Hawkesbury River and Ricky and Tammy began singing there on weekends.
1998 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
Bill is a Country Music singer from Clare SA.
Bill was inducted into the Riverland Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.
Bill is one of SA’s most noted Balladeers. He has spent many years working on the Country Music scene and had the very popular Country Roundup Band. Bill has appeared at most Country Music Clubs and Venues in the past and is still kept busy as a Solo Artist.
Bill Bedford has been entertaining Country Music lovers for many years.
Bill has a genuine love of Country Music and bush ballads, which he sings so well.
Bill formed his own band called “Bill Bedford’s Country Roundup” and together they performed all around S.A.
In later years Bill and his daughter Kylie (who sadly passed away in December 2001) performed across the country from Oodnadatta to Charleville and to both Metropolitan and Country audiences. They performed at both Barmera and Tamworth Festivals each year.
Country Music Pioneers such as Buddy Williams, Slim Dusty and Stan Coster have been a major influence on Bill and the high standards set by these great artists are reflected in Bill’s performances.
However Bill included music by great Australian and overseas artists including Anne Kirkpatrick, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Judds, Tanya Tucker, Norma Murphy and Merle Haggard to name a few.
Bill and Colleen (who so ably takes care of the sound system) will continue to entertain audiences with their genuine approach to what they do.”
Most of the above words from the Barossa County Music Club May 2007 Newsletter.
Bob Magor Bush Poet
Tamworth Jan 2007 Australian Bush Laureate Awards – 2007 winner
” In Book of the Year, Original Verse, for the best original Australian work in book form, the winner was “The Exodus and Other Verse” by Bob Magor”
Bob Magor left school at 15 years of age, then spent about 25 years working his sheep and cattle farm in South Australia. At the age of “about 40” he decided to follow his sons who announced they wanted to pursue a career “off the land”.
Bob began putting his rural experience to use by writing bush verse and poetry and has now written the listed below..
The first of his works was released at the Tamworth Country Music festivals of the early 1990s, and he has gone from strength to strength since that time.
His books include Blasted Crows, Blood on the Board, Caravanning Bliss, Donkey Derby, and Snakes Alive and The FMG.
His latest book (2005) is “The Exodus”
Do a Goggle on his name and many hits will result, mainly locations his books can be purchased from.
The webmaster has a complete set of his books, they are wonderful, but to hear the author recite them is better still!
When he is home, Bob resides in Myponga South Australia.
Brian “Chooka” Williams
Born in Ouyen on 10th August 1946, the 4th of five children in a musical family (his mother played piano), young Brian started to learn guitar, voice and presentation at any early age with Mary Cummins (song writer and singer and established country performer)
His first performance in 1964 was for the Ouyen District Hospital Fund Raising Concert, playing rhythm guitar and was lead singer with Owltones. During the 70’s and 80’s he continued with “Martin, Barton & Fargo” band from the 80’s.
His list of CDs range from his first – ‘Sunset Country’, recorded with Star Productions in 1997. The followed in 1999, – ‘Mallee Country’. ‘Still Steady’ his current CD is full of true country, which has been receiving very good airplay.
Chooka has many credits to his name over his career including participating in the Olympic Torch song contest with local children (who wrote the lyrics) and Chooka co-wrote the music of the winning song and performed with the children in Mildura while the cauldron was lit.
Chooka has a natural vibrato quality voice of strong country and has become very in demand around the Adelaide Country Music Circuit and beyond. A regular at the ‘Alcheringa Shindig’, Mildura & Barmera Country Music Festivals, Chooka has become a regular face. His willingness to always lend at hand at fundraisers right across the State has see him become a favourite and respected performer not only with audiences but also with his many associates in the Country Music Arena.
The voice of MURRAY MAC continues to shine through some tough competition. His strong dynamic sound has won countless Awards from South Australia to Victoria in New South Wales and on into Tamworth where he appears Annually at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. This versatile vocalist has earned the affection of fans all around Australia where he regularly shares centre stage with names such as:
James Blundell / Adam Harvey / Darcy LeYear / the Kernighans and many more MURRAY MAC gives powerful performances to a multitude of songs from Ballads / Country Rock / Texas Swing and a massive 60 / 40 repertoire.
1999 saw MURRAY become the proud recipient of the South Australian Industry Award for Service and Dedication to Country Music.
He recorded his debut album NOW & THEN in 2000 at Big Wheel Recording Studio in Tamworth. Sales made it necessary for a second album.
He was inducted into the HANDS of FAME in 2001. MURRAY and went on to become the Vice President of the South Australian Country Music Festival held annually over 10 days every June in the South Australian Riverland.
MURRAY MAC is also well known for his hard work encouraging Young and New Talent in the Industry and takes every opportunity to promote the youth of Australia therefore playing a Major role in forging many careers.
2002 saw Murray record his second album ” Little Bit of Love ? Little Bit of Honky Tonk” as well as support act for Adam Harvey and ?at Mungerannie for the Outback Cattle Drive Concerts.
Along with his band TRUE GRIT he has remained high on the ladder of most sought after groups and as a Solo Artist with a full backing sound he keeps busy travelling far and wide doing what he does best… Entertaining the people… MURRAY MAC has his heart and soul in country music and with his ability and tremendous popularity it wont end there….
Guido Davis is a singer/soundman from Wentworth, NSW.
He was a public servant during the day.
Guido is a regular at Mildura every year. He was at Blanchetown in 2004 and will be there again in 2005.
He has also been seen and heard at the Hilton Hotel, Hilton, the Southern Country Music Club and at Barmera.
Often Guido travells with Chooka Williams.
He often sings his interesting version of “The Green Green Grass of Home”!
Some words supplied from the Man himself (Sept 1 2005)
“Living in a small country town (Wentworth NSW) and being a busy married man I do a lot of my singing for charities and other good causes which is just a great excuse to sing. The isolation has prevented me from joining any bands although I get together with friends to sing at weddings parties and other gigs around the area.
I started playing guitar and singing when I was 19 and my first love is country ballads, although they can’t be played all night at gigs I still like to slip one in now and then.
I have been involved with the Sunraysia Country Music Club in Mildura for many years, travelling the 90k round trip twice a month for practice and a show. I like to see kids enjoy themselves on stage. Our club has seen many kids go on to full time singing careers and there is still a lot of young talent in the club.
I sing because I like it and I always have a good time especially when I have the opportunity to sing with a band. The joy of seeing people dancing or singing along is a big part of my motivation.
All the best Guido “