Artists for the 2020 Festival
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At the 2018 Tamworth Country Music Festival Allan Caswell was inducted into the prestigious Galaxy Of Stars. It was recognition for the huge contribution he has made to Australian Country Music as a songwriter, performer, record producer and author. To see his plaque alongside the Dustys, Casser Dalys and Kernaghans was a sobering experience “I was the only one I hadn’t heard of”
Caswell is one of Australia’s most recorded songwriters with well over 650 of his songs being released around the world by artists of the calibre of Cilla Black, Patti Page, The Irish Rovers, The Living End, Slim Dusty, Barry Humphries, Ricki May, James Blundell, Jasmine Rae, McAlister Kemp, Graeme Connors, The Wolfe Brothers, Anne Kirkpatrick, Chad Morgan, Lynne Hamilton, The Delltones, Beccy Cole, The Wolfe Brothers, Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Jade Hurley and Ella Hooper among dozens of others.
Caswell has also built a big reputation as a writer of children’s songs as, among other projects, the co-writer and co-producer of the hugely successful Don Spencer albums.
In 1979 Caswell wrote the theme for the Australian television series “Prisoner” (Cell Block H in England) … “On The Inside” was a number 1 hit in Australia and New Zealand in 1979 and later reached number 3 in the UK and the Patti Page version made the country charts in the USA. After the success of “On The Inside” he went fulltime and has made a living writing and performing ever since. Recently rising star Seleen McAlister took the song to Number 1 on the Australian Country charts.
Caswell’s performing career has taken him to virtually every town in NSW to every state of Australia, New Zealand, LA, New York, Nashville, East Timor, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
A glittering career in Country Music in Australia has netted Caswell 7 Golden Guitars (Country Music Awards Of Australia) from 37 finalist nominations … he has also been awarded 10 songwriting Awards from the Tamworth Songwriters Association, including The Songmaker Award … a virtual Hall Of Fame for country songwriters. He has won 9 Awards at the Independent Country Music Awards (Southern Stars) including Album Of The Year for his last 3 albums. In the last 6 years there has been hardly a week when there hasn’t been at least one song (often 2 or 3) on the Australian Country charts. He is the go to cowriter for many of Australia’s top country artists.
At the 2016 Southern Star Awards, Caswell won an unprecedented 5 Awards … Heritage, Single, Male Artist and Album of the Year … and the coveted Australian Independent Artist Of The Year.
At a recent Tasmanian Independent Country Music Awards Allan won the National Legend Caswell was named a 2-time finalist in the 2018 Golden Guitars.
Matt has entered the Country music scene in Australia with a bang, winning the Tamworth Country entertainer of the year in Tamworth in 2016 and also appearing as a finalist in the 2016 Trans-Tasman Entertainer of the Year Awards in Norfolk Island.
Appearing alongside acts such as Aleyce Simmonds, Missy Lancaster, Redd Volkaert, Bill Chambers, Amber Joy Poulton and Sandra Humphries to name a few, Matt has surrounded himself with industry professionals throughout his journey to get the most out of himself and his performances. With clear influences in artists such as Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Morgan Evans and many other contemporary country talents, Matt’s electrifying live shows are not to be missed as he can captivate a crowd in a heartbeat, and leave you wanting more of his smooth vocals, killer guitar skills and loveable on stage personality.
Matt’s 2016 and early 2017 have been huge and he is currently in the processes of putting together his DEBUT release with acclaimed producer Andrew Cochrane. The early successes of Matt’s young career are indicative of the places he is headed with his musical journey and at this point, the sky is the limit.
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.