Artists for the 2019 South Australian Country Music Festival
“I believe that in the country scene… Justin has the whole package,” Guy Sebastian.
2017 Golden Guitar finalist, Justin Standley, is a multi-award winning Australian country singer-songwriter.
Justin shot to prominence after appearing as a finalist on the X Factor on a quest to find his missing children. The heart-wrenching reunion with his daughters made national headlines and he has since gone on to become a much loved figure on the Australian country music landscape.
Since 2015, Justin has released many songs to radio, all of which have charted in the Top 10 of the Australian Country Tracks Top 40. He is the only artist to have ever had three original songs in the top 5 at one time.
Recognised for his distinctive voice and impressive vocal range, Justin’s friendly nature and talent for song-writing, yodelling, story-telling and comedy, continues to endear him to audiences across the country and overseas.
Bradley Hall is from the Pilbara region in Western Australia. Bradley first picked up a guitar as a 15-year-old as a way to pass the time living in remote communities and working on mine sites and instantly fell in love with storytelling through song.
Bradley is known for entertaining audiences with a mix of classic country, rock and blues cover songs as well as bringing powerfully honest stories through his own original songs to the stage. Heavily influenced by country music legends – Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Randy Travis and Slim Dusty – Bradley has spent the last two decades performing and touring to craft a unique country music sound.
Bradley has independently released two albums – “Finally” in 2010 and “No Easy Road” in 2015. He has just released his third and most soul-bearing album – “Back to Country” – which includes a collaboration with three-time Golden Guitar Winner, Amber Lawrence.
Bradley has performed at many events, mine sites and pubs through-out Western Australia, including:
- Supporting Troy Cassar-Daley at the Nindji Nindji Concert in Hedland;
- Supporting Lee Kernaghan at the Marble Bar Muster Party;
- Performing at the Perth Survival Concert;
- Opening act for The North West Festival;
- The Karijini Experience;
- The Fly by Night Indigenous Music Night;
- The Marble Bar Races;
- Stomp the Crack Drought Relief Concert (Rockhampton, Queensland);
- Supporting Act for Hoodoo Gurus; and more recently
- Touring through Queensland.
Passionate about showcasing talented and emerging musicians, Bradley Hall organised the Red Country Music Festival in 2018. Headlined by The Black Sorrows and a packed line up of brilliant entertainers, the Festival brings live country music back to the Pilbara and will be solid fixture on the Pilbara event calendar for years to come!
Christine Clifford and Peter Santella
Christine is originally from Adelaide and has since moved to Loxton and had been involved in the country music industry for many years.
Chris took a few years break from her singing career to concentrate on family and now settled in Loxton with her family grown up Chris is returning to the stage at the SA Country Music Festival and Awards. Previously known as Chris Worbey, Chris won her first major award to the 1995 Barmera festival so it seems fitting her return to the stage is at this year’s festival. Chris is a winner of numerous awards throughout the 90’s and has supported many well-known artists such as Beccy Cole, Normie Rowe, Bev Harrell, Greg Champion, Gina Jefferies and many more. Christine has a warmth and soul within her voice for country ballads and the drive and power for country rock.
SHORT BIOGRAPHY 2019
“Unquestionably one of the finest male vocalists in country music” SUE JARVIS, Fairfax Media
In January 2018, during the Tamworth Country Music Festival – Paul was inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame – highlighting his successful music career. His album, “Whisper In The Crowd” was also named Album of The Year at the People’s Choice Awards – an award voted by the fans.
Paul was also named a finalist for Male Artist of The Year at the prestigious CMC Music Awards in 2018.
Paul’s fifth studio album, “Whisper In The Crowd” released in April debuted at #3 on the ARIA Australian Country Chart. The album sees Paul in full flight both vocally and musically – showcasing a bold new sound for this world-class artist.
Always the consummate showman, Paul has built a reputation of being one of the most energetic live performers in Australian Country Music. He has performed at major events both locally & internationally and has had the honor of performing for our troops in East Timor and is a proud Ambassador for Mission Australia.
With a mantle full of awards and many chart hits to his credit, Paul has no desire to slow down – he’s having far too much fun taking his brand of music to his loyal fans around the country.
There is something about a country music song that’s like a good wine. There’s a quality, a workmanship, a passion that goes in to both. Hailing from the South Australian wine region of McLaren Vale, 20 year old songwriter and country singer Juliet Oliver first discovered country music through watching Disney program Hannah Montana as an 11 year old. This led to her parents gifting her a guitar and so Juliet started teaching herself guitar via YouTube.
Like many young country artists her age, it was Taylor Swift who pulled her in to the genre, which guided Juliet to begin crafting songs about her experiences as a young teenager. It was the freedom of performance and song-writing of country music that was preferred over classical lessons at school.
As she fell in love with country music, Juliet began to search out other country artists where she discovered and was inspired by the great women of country such as pioneer Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt, and songwriters Dolly Parton and Jason Isbell.
On her debut self titled EP with her sweet warm vocal, Juliet Infuses her influences into youthful stories of positivity, inspiration and heartbreak. The impossibly cute songstress sings on lead track and first single “I Don’t Want To Get Over You”…“I’m sure you’ve heard it all before but It feels so right and the summers so warm”. The last song written for the project came to Juliet only a few weeks before going into the studio to record with Producer Simon Johnson at his Hillbilly Hut studio on the New South Wales Central Coast. An upbeat, feel good song about not giving into heartbreak and doing what you want.
A passionate entertainer Juliet has been building new converts through her shows on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide. Stepping into her own with a shower of senses through her songs, conviction and performance.
With a country attitude, there is definitely a little edge to Juliet Oliver with a touch of classic. She is true to herself, age and where she comes from. She writes what she lives and not pop songs decorated in country feels. Her songs and her performances will connect with country music fans with her own colour and texture.
Paula Standing Singer Songwriter
Paula Standing started penning her own songs in the early 2000’s. But
recording only began in 2013 after teaching herself guitar. Swayed by
the greats, EmmyLou Harris, Gillian Welch, John Prine and Joni Mitchell,
Paula was drawn to the world of ballads with a dark underlay belying
her innocent features.
“Paula Standing is capable of creating and performing music
that connects to a listener’s emotion.” Anthony Vawser
…intensely personal songs, working through life’s experiences,
and that always makes a listening experience bittersweet.
Mostly, it’s wonderful.” Alex Wheaton, dB Magazine
“Paula Standing opened the show and proceeded to entertain
us with her well written original works, sung with a sweet,
compelling voice, and accompanied by her more than
competent guitar playing.” Gary Brown, Out and About
Following redundancy in 2013 Paula fell head long into a full time
music career, even taking the time to study Music Business. Releasing
a new single ‘Running Away’ in 2014, marked a turning point. This
collaboration with other musicians produced a new direction for her as
a solo artist. In 2015, Paula began recording new material, adding
layers of local talent to produce an extraordinary new album, ‘All Fun &
Don’t be fooled by the title, somebody really does ‘lose an
Alison Hams / Mark Tempany
MARK TEMPANY & ALISON HAMS
Mark Tempany and Alison Hams comprise one of Australia’s best music teams – their reputations individually, together, and for their music industry participation are amazing.
In their own rights – Mark and Alison continue illustrious careers as Independent Singer Songwriters – with over 15,000 album sales, 12 CD releases, radio hits and multiple National Television appearances. Between them , the duo have toured their music across Australia, New Zealand, the USA & Canada, and Europe – and they’ve been long-term supporters of the South Australian Country Music Awards.
Alison and Mark have been inducted into the Brand SA, and SA Country Music Halls Of Fame – and Alison has been Australia Day “Junior Citizen”, and “Citizen Of The Year” in her hometown of Whyalla, where they now base their music business Stormfront Productions.
In 2017 Stormfront created the prestigious Whyalla Recording Scholarship – an annual and fully sponsored opportunity for a young Original Regional SA musician to win 12 months career management, plus recording and International Release of their Debut Single. The inaugural WRS Winner was BREEZE Millard – and in 2019 three Winners – Jaylee Daniels, Shakira Lea and Liberty Tuohy – have just released their music to the world.
Mark and Alison will be launching their own new Single – “Lullaby” – in mid-2019!
The Rustlers burst onto the scene in 2001 with the release of their “Broken Pieces” album, launched at the Riverland Country Music Festival & Awards.
That album was subsequently re-badged and re-released in the United States.
Over time The Rustlers have appeared at numerous festivals and events across Australia including:
Port Pirie with Troy Cassar-Daley in 2002
Closing the SA Showcase in Tamworth NSW in 2003
Live television performance on Channel Seven Adelaide
Playing to over 100,000 people during the 2004 and 2007 Royal Adelaide Show
Regular support for Australian music legends Cotton, Keays and Morris at their Adelaide performances
Playing to an audience of 40,000 people at the Clipsal 500 After Race Concert in both 2006 and 2007
2006 South Australian Council for Country Music Showcase, Norwood Town Hall
Birdwood Country Music Bash 2006 with James Blundell
Australia Day Eve National Motor Museum Birdwood
National Toyota Muster Gympie, Queensland, August 2007 and August 2008
Premier Mike Rann’s 2007 Awards Evening
Supporting six-time Grammy Award winner José Feliciano, April 2008
Community CPS Australia 2008, 2009, 2010 New Years Eve Celebrations, Victor Harbor
2010 Rock and Roll Rendezvous with Normie Rowe
2011 Cruisin’ Country with Adam Harvey, John Williamson, Beccy Cole, South Pacific Islands
Not since the early sixties have such songs been penned – sing-along lyrics, catchy riffs, raucous harmonies and unforgettable melodies.
The songs can soar with the energy of a wild stallion or steal your heart away with their raw honesty.
The Rustlers proved this again in June 2006 with their second album, “Sad Dark Lies”, a batch of fourteen original new songs, just as exciting as their first offering.
In January 2008 The Rustlers released their third album “Leavin’ Me” – another crop of original tunes. Listen to excerpts of all twelve songs in the Sounds page.
June 2013 saw the release of The Rustlers long awaited fourth album “Born To Love You”. Another batch of originals and linear notes by Ritchie Yorke.
The Rustlers are:
Gary Burrows: Guitar/Vocals/Songwriter
John Murphy: Guitar/Vocals/Songwriter
Garry Cailes: Drums/Vocals
John Bywaters: Bass/Vocals
The Cut Snakes
STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOTTLE SHOP AND READY TO ROCK YOUR LOCAL PUB, RSL CLUB, BACKYARD BARBECUE OR OPEN AIR FESTIVAL, ADELAIDE’S THE CUT SNAKES ARE HERE TO PUT THEIR VERY OWN BRAND OF ORIGINAL COUNTRY MUSIC ON THE MAP.
We’ve taken our love for Australia’s greatest country music acts like Slim Dusty, Lee Kernaghan and Keith Urban; combined it with a healthy dose of influence from Nashville’s biggest artists, from Johny Cash and Waylon Jennings to comtemporary superstars like Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line; and then added a cold slab or two of classic blues and rock influences, from Stevie Ray Vaughan and AC/DC to Eric Clapton and Guns N’ Roses. What we’ve created is our very own country rock sound… something we like to call “Pub Country”. And we think that no matter where your musical heart lies, there’s a little something THE CUT SNAKES do that you’ll enjoy.
THE CUT SNAKES are:
Josh “Billy Tea” Lamont – Lead Vocals
Matt “Dusty Roads” Johnston – Vocals and Guitar
Brian “Rusty Nails” Kelly – Lead Guitar
Jason “The Guru” Hart – Bass Guitar
Adam “The General” Groth – Drums
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.
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 “
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!
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.
“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.
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.|