Hoisting her swag of accolades over one shoulder and her trusty guitar on the other, Bec Hance walks the country road as one of only a few women making their mark in the traditional country genre.
The talented singer/songwriter has a long list of admirers around the nation both for her honest, funny, catchy or melancholy lyrics as well as her engaging personality.
Remaining true to the heritage country genre with her music composition, Bec is breaking the mould through her lyrics which border on bush balladeer and in some cases, full-out comedy.
A love of the Australian bush and animals is woven into songs covering life, love and loss. Bec has firmly cemented her place in the industry and is widely sought-after for festivals and events across Australia.
She is a crowd favourite at festivals around the country, having played stages around the nation to acclaim. Her beautifully crafted lyrics evoke strong emotions from audiences who yearn for pure country music. She classes herself as an Australiana artist who retains the traditional sound country music in Australia and the USA were built on and bring them together with a modern twist.
Bec has worked with the likes of Keith Jamieson, Reg Poole, Owen Blundell as well as Carter & Carter.
Over the years, her profile has risen as the industry has sat up and listened to the stories she’s presented through her songs. This has seen Bec Hance up in lights for shows and festivals that keep her gigging regularly throughout the year.
She has now firmly cemented her position as one of the finest contemporary singer/songwriters in the industry, concentrating on Australiana-themed traditional
This will be Bec's first performance at the Devil Country Muster.
Lance Birrell will take you on a country music journey.
The Port Pirie, South Australian-born singer-songwriter just oozes integrity and has shared his considerable musical gifts with others from a very young age.
Lance released his 4th studio album, Trailblazer and decided for 2023, he and his wife Mel would quit their jobs and hit the road playing live music everywhere they went.
The tour so far has taken them deep within Victoria and NSW with Queensland and Tasmania also scheduled on the tour.
Heading north for the winter, Lance has shows booked up the east coast of Australia as far up as North Queensland before returning to outback NSW to country towns like Bourke and Cobar. It’s then down to Albury before heading to the 2023 Mildura Wentworth Music Festival where Lance has been a crowd favourite for the past few years.
It’s then off to South Australia and Lance’s hometown of Port Pirie for the annual Port Pirie Country
Music Festival before heading to Warrnambool in Victoria.
“It’s a big move to sell your house, pack everything you possibly can into a caravan and car and just hit the road”, Lance said. “It’s something Mel and I have talked about for a few years now but, with Mel now surviving breast cancer, we don’t want to wait, we want to celebrate and live life”.
Lance who is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, can be seen on stage as a solo artist playing guitar and singing or as part of a band line-up where he plays pedal steel, guitars, sings, backing vocals, you name it, Lance Birrell will have a crack at it on stage.
Lance has an impressive collection of Franks Custom Guitars. Locally made here in Australia, Greg Franks has designed and built four guitars for Lance and there’s always room in the caravan for one more. © Publicity Stunt
The Crosby Sisters, Jodie and Kelly, have been entertaining audiences since the mid-1980s, and have gathered a discerning and loyal fan-base that continues to follow their chart-topping career.
After sold-out regional shows around the Tamworth region, the Crosby Sisters received the inaugural Australian Independent Album of the Year in Mildura in 1997 for their album Coming On Strong and won the inaugural CMAA Independent Entertainer of the Year award in 2000, before they scored the Golden Guitar for Group/Duo in 2001 with Trouble In The Fields. They also won a TSA Songwriter award and three Victorian Duo of the Year Awards. They were inducted into Tamworth’s famous Hands OF Fame Gallery in 1999.
Their list of #1s and top 5 and 10 hits, including Wings Of An Eagle (featuring the composer of the song, Russell Morris) Give Me Flowers While I’m Living, Train Of Desperation and the 2020 hit of John Prine’s Please Don’t Bury Me, are testament to their popularity and staying power in the Australian country music scene.
They opened concerts and toured with the likes of international stars like Dr Hook, Charley Pride and Foster and Allen and rate a tour with Australia’s King of Country, Slim Dusty, - in fact they were the last independent act to share that honour - as one of the major highlights of their career.
They joined the cream of Australian Country Music to perform on the 2022 CMAA 50th Anniversary Concert during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in April last year and appeared on many stages during the 2023 Tamworth festival.
From stages in Tamworth, Sydney, Melbourne, Boyupbrook, Katherine, the Gympie Music Muster and in New Zealand, the Crosby Sisters are regarded as the premier sibling country music harmony act in Australia.
Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With eight albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being one of Australia's hottest Bluegrass acts – multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro – and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre. The have also written the majority of their repertoire - 68 of the 101 tracks they have commercially released are original songs.
With five Australian Country Music Awards (Golden Guitars) to their name and a handful of Australian Bluegrass Championship titles, the Davidson
Brothers are favourites at folk and country festivals nation-wide, taking the music they love to a whole new generation of music lovers. Troy Cassar-Daley describes them as being “the best
young bluegrass pickers we have seen for a long while in Australia and a very exciting live act.”
The brothers have performed and recorded with many music industry veterans. It is a lengthy list, but includes Joe Camilleri (Black Sorrows), Andrew Farriss (INXS), Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan, Melinda Schneider, Tommy Emmanuel, Kasey Chambers and Dan Sultan. They were featured on The Man From Snowy River soundtrack in their teens, and have appeared on many national television programs including Spicks & Specks and Good Morning Australia.
Both Hamish and Lachlan are graduates of the Australian Country Music College. In 2003 they won the State Final and were Runner Up in the Grand Final of the National University Band Competition, which also saw Hamish win Best Overall Musician. At the Australian Bluegrass Championships, Lachlan took out the Mandolin Championship three years in a row from 2008 – 2010, with Hamish winning the Fiddle Championship in 2000, then later, the Banjo Championship in 2009. Together, they were selected as finalists in the Most Outstanding Musicians category of the 2010 Melbourne Prize for Music.
From making their first formal recording in 1998, to being inducted by the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame into their prestigious Hands of Fame in 2017, the Davidson Brothers have already achieved a lot, but as Hamish says, "We feel like we are just warming up."
Mike Carr is one of Australian music’s most exciting performers.
As a songwriter he is right up there with the best, having written and co- written some of the most popular Australian country songs of the past 10 years. These include THE ANZAC, New England Highway and Get Loud (Adam Brand),Real People (Melinda Schneider),”It don’t buy you love (McCalister Kemp) just to name a few.
As an artist, his self titled debut album, released in 2003, yielded the singles While the Wife’s Away, Up on His Shoulders while his follow up album, in 2007”Legend” produced the hit song “She’s Gone”.
Mike has built a considerable following with his live performances. Touring Australia with country music superstars such as Terri Clark and David Lee Murphy & performing twice as an invited guest on “The Global Showcase” in Nashville he has won hearts all over the globe.
He is a sought after performer at the Tamworth Country Music festival and has become a permanent fixture at CMC Rocks festivals not only as a performer but as MC
sharing the stage with the likes of Taylor Swift and Jo Nichols and country superstar Alan Jackson plus Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Mike is hugely popular on the annual Cruisin' Country Country Music Cruises which depart Sydney annually for a 7-night cruise around the South Pacific along with some very popular Australian Country Music Artists.
This will be Mike's second year performing at the Devil Country Muster following a very popular performance in 2023.
Some artists stand on stage and sing songs. Others deliver.
You can guess which category Gina Timms fits into. When Gina sings a great country song, she’s lived every minute of it – the heartaches, the joys, the love … you can’t fake that.
The Tasmanian-born singer-songwriter just oozes integrity and has shared her considerable musical gifts with others
since she was a tiny tacker busking on the street and entering every talent quest around.
With a heart bigger than Tasmania, you’ll rarely hear no come from Gina’s mouth. She’s earnt the respect of many fundraising organisations, including Barnardos Australia, and is patron of Make-A-Wish for the North West and West Coast of Tasmania and King Island, as well as Australian Ambassador for CORES Australia (Community Response to Eliminating Suicide). She’s always the first to put up her hand to help someone in need.
Powerful, dynamic and entertaining – they’re all great descriptors – but the best way to appreciate a Gina Timms performance is to sit in the audience and you’ll be blown away like everyone around you.
Having not missed a Devil Country Muster yet, this will be Gina's 11th straight performance at our annual event.
When you reach the age of 14 and realise, “I don’t ever remember NOT playing a guitar” you know you were born to be a guitar picker.
Over the years, Tasmanian based performer, Dave Hawkins has been honing his skills to be the whole package and bring his style of music to the people.
“Influencers when I was younger were some of the greats, but a standout was Phil Emmanuel. Every time I watched that man play, I wanted to play like that”
Imagine when Phil Emmanuel rang Dave up unexpectedly and asked him to join him on stage and play guitar. “That gig still gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. Phil was genuine and humble and us jamming on stage was a pinch me now moment and one I will never forget”.
Whether it is a sentimental ballad or a song that just makes you feel you want to get on the dance floor now, Dave Hawkins is the whole package.
“I’ve played in bands, and I’ve played support act to some great artists, but the one thing I love doing the most is my solo shows giving the fans the Dave Hawkins style of Country Music”. © Publicity Stunt
The Devil Country Muster is excited to welcome Dave back to the 2024 Muster.
Debbie and Anita Parry are no strangers to the Devil Country Muster.
2024 will see the return of this amazingly talented Mother/Daughter duo.
Taking on a new flavour in their performances of late, see's Debbie and Anita honing their skills in Bluegrass.
Anita has self-taught herself the mandolin and it adds a gorgeous blend along with Debbie's acoustic guitar playing.
What set's this duo apart is their vocals!
Debbie has been known all around the state for decades with audiences enjoying those original songs Debbie writes with so much country music integrity, plus all those country tunes Debbie has made her own, then you introduce Anita's harmonies and WOW, these ladies are simply amazing.
Never miss a chance to see Debbie and Anita Parry live on stage and you can catch them nice and early at the 2024 Devil Country Muster. © Publicity Stunt
Buddy Goode is one of Australia's most loved hilariously funny singing comedians.
Buddy signed with record label ABC/Universal in 2008 and recorded his first studio album "It's All Goode". This album proved to be the stepping stone for what has become an incredible journey.
In 2011, Buddy released his 2nd studio album "The One and Only Buddy Goode". With such hits as 'Jimmy Likes Dick' and 'Dickens Cider' it was no surprise ARIA acknowledged his vast talents with his first nomination for Best Comedy Release. This was the catalyst for bigger things to come.
In 2012 Goode released "Unappropriated". The album produced his most successful hit song to date..."Cougarville".
This same year Buddy performed at some of Australia's biggest festivals including CMC Rocks the Hunter and the Gympie Muster and even travelled to the Middle East to entertain our troops.
In 2013, "Unappropriated" gained Buddy another ARIA nomination his time winning the award for 'Best Comedy Album’.
2014 also proved to be a year filled with success. It saw Buddy take home the "Mo Award" for Best Comedy Act as well as the release of a new album ..."It's a Buddy Goode Christmas".
It too won the ARIA for "Best Comedy Release”. The first Christmas album in any genre to do so.... though Bert & Patty Newton had come close many years earlier!
After releasing his greatest hits. "The #1's & #2's" Goode released his 5th studio album "Songs to Ruin Every Occasion" in 2015. It too gained an Aria nomination for "Best Comedy Release".
In 2016 Buddy made his television debut on 'Studio 10' on the Ten Network. As a result he was asked to join the show with his own segment.
On release of Buddy’s 6th studio album “More Rubbish” in 2017 Buddy embarked on a very successful national tour.
In 2019 Buddy started creating the wonderfully unusual musical “Wuhan Wuhan” that has yet to hit the road as he hasn’t finished writing it yet.
Buddy has continued to entertain audiences all around the country and these days is a regular on the annual Cruisin’ Country Cruises sailing for a week around the South Pacific with a ship loaded with A class country music talent and country music fans.
We welcome Buddy Goode to the Devil Country Muster for the first time, hold on folks, this could be a wild ride or entertaining hilarity.
Dakota Plummer took the 2023 Devil Country Muster talent quest by storm.
From the minute Dakota stepped out on stage in her heat performance, we all knew Dakota was serious.
A beautiful blend of woody vocal tones, and a great performance, Dakota Plummer won the 2023 Devil Country Muster Talent Quest.
As part of her prize, Dakota is invited to return to the 2024 Muster and open the main stage on Saturday 10th February.
Dakota is earning a name on Tassie's north west coast as a vocal powerhouse.
After a successful part as Tomika in the 2023 Don College Production of School of Rock, Dakota is continuing her journey in music including a performance at the Devonport Carols by Candlelight.
We look forward to Dakota opening the 2024 Devil Country Muster on Saturday 10th February. © Publicity Stunt
No strangers to the Devil Country Muster, Chris and Viv Boys have been regulars since the muster started.
With Chris on acoustic guitar and vocals and Viv on keyboards, this dynamic duo delight audiences everywhere they go.
Hosting our Walk-up/Open Mic night on Thursday 8th February plus a spot ont he main stage on Saturday,10th February, Chris and Viv Boys will entertain you, they will make you laugh and make you cry with their outstanding selection of good ole country songs. © Publicity Stunt
First time to the Devil Country Muster, Hobart based Montana Rose has been stepping it up of late.
Regularly performing at the Southern Tasmania Country Music Club and accompanied by Glenn Newell, Montana sure did hit her country music straps in 2023.
Her biggest year yet!
Kicking off 2023 with an outstanding performance at the Primrose Sands Country Music Festival, it was here that Montana made it very clear she was here to stay in
Tasmanian Country Music.
Montana has been invited to perform on many stages and it's our turn in 2024.
As part of the Tasmanian contingency, Montana Rose will debut at her first Devil Country Muster.
Gates open at 10 am, don't be late or you'll miss one of Tassie's outstanding country music artists. © Publicity Stunt
Hobart based duo The Goodfellas have been itching to play at the Devil Country Muster and finally our calendars have aligned.
Closing out the main muster on Saturday night, Brad and Brett will keep the good vibes going right through until the stars come out.
Grab some dinner from food vendors, a couple fo cold bevvies and kick back and be enteretained by Hobart's hottest duo.
Some great country covers, songs to make you want to get up on the floor and some anthems that will see you singing loud and proud.
Welcome to your first Devil Country Muster fella's. © Publicity Stunt