Headline Artists for 2020


Troy Cassar-Daley

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

Troy Cassar-Daley

 

troycassardaley.com.au

 

Troy Cassar-Daley has come a long way from the twelve-year-old boy from Grafton busking on Peel St at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Even as he expands the boundaries of what he is capable of musically, as the diverse list of collaborators grows longer, as his swag of awards and size of his crowds has grown and grown, the innate integrity and charisma powering his music has always remained a steady true north. As he once sang, “I live the tales I tell”.

 

Throughout his thirty years of making music, Troy has been awarded numerous accolades including 37 Golden Guitars, 4 ARIAs, 2 APRA Country Song of the Year awards, 9 Deadlys (Australian Indigenous Artist Awards), 4 CMAA Entertainer of the Year awards plus 2 NIMAs (National Indigenous Music Awards).  In 2017 Troy was honoured as the 50th inductee into the prestigious Australasian Roll Of Renown. 

 

With numerous gold and platinum records, Troy has achieved a staggering 31 Number 1 chart singles, all of which are collected on his new compilation album Greatest Hits – along with signature album tracks and two brand new TCD originals.  The forty-two songs contained within Greatest Hits have been the soundtrack to the everyday triumphs, struggles and good times of Australians from the city to the outback.  2019 has seen Troy touring Australia with the Greatest Hits Acoustic Show, hitting every state and territory.  A celebration of an amazing career.

 

 “Doing an acoustic show of greatest hits mixed with stories of my life and musical journey will be very special. As an artist you can’t get a more intimate experience with an audience than this style of show. It will be a musical adventure showing you how the songs sounded the day they were born, this to me is the purest way to hear them and I can’t wait to share them with you.” TCD

 

In the end, as at the beginning, it all comes back to the bare essentials, one man – one compelling performer and stunning songwriter – and a guitar. 


Felicity Urquhart

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

Felicity Urquhart 

felicityurquhart.com

 

Felicity Urquhart has long been one of the best-loved and most decorated singer-songwriters in Australian song. In a career encompassing six studio albums, two EPs, and countless sold-out headlining shows and capacity festival appearances, Felicity Urquhart has netted eight Golden Guitars, an ARIA Award nomination for Best Country Album, four CMAA Australian CM Achiever Awards, and a Centenary Medal for her “service to Australian society through country music”.

 

A constant presence on Australian screens and airwaves, Urquhart has been a marquee presenter on Channel 7’s Sydney Weekender since 2005, and has hosted ABC Radio’s flagship country music variety show Saturday Night Country since 2010—as well as serving as the face of Tourism NSW’s nationally broadcast Heart of Country NSW campaign.

 

With stunning seventh studio album Frozen Rabbit out now and to rave reviews and a debut at #2 on the Australian Country Music Chart, Felicity Urquhart is set to add another unmissable and unforgettable chapter to her incredible story to date.


Benn Gunn

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

Benn Gunn

 

benngunn.com

 

Australian Country Music only has one Benn Gunn.

 

The knock-about bloke with that sound, that attitude, and the personality that connects with rural and regional Australia in ways that many try to emulate. There are no frills, it is just Benn, his music and a good time for all who hear him play.

 

From humble beginnings, Benn has carved out his own niche in the Australian Country Music Industry.

 

With a swag of nominations and awards under his belt there is a wave of energy behind him with his highly active social media following...with over 42,000 followers to date and growing, 200,000 to 1,500,000 post views and 250,000 to 1,000,000+ video views a week.

 

Benn has charted multiple singles and released his 4th album "Only In Australia" on the 27th October 2018 with multiple charting singles including We Can Be Mates, I Got The Boat and the #1 hit single Only In Australia. He has multiple single releases planned for the coming months.

 

Benn Gunn’s Only in Australia album pays tribute to the supporters of home grown Aussie music, to our great country and all the true blue Aussies who make it great. It's Benn's own unique Aussie Heartland Rock. 

 

Aussie Heartland Rock is characterized by a straightforward rock style, a concern with the average Aussie battler, and a conviction that rock music is about entertainment and a connection and purpose beyond entertainment with roots in Australian pub rock, country rock, Americana, rock and roll and folk rock.


Duncan Toombs

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

Duncan Toombs

 

facebook.com/toombsboys

 

Collectively and individually, Andy and Duncan Toombs have toured and performed nationally and internationally with the cream of Australia’s country music scene for more then 15 years… Kasey Chambers, Bill Chambers, Beccy Cole, Lee Kernaghan, Catherine Britt, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, Troy Cassar-Daley & Adam Brand to name but a few.

 

A powerful, emotive vocalist in his own right, Duncan Toombs plays a mix of original music and songs he grew up with. Duncan is a consummate professional. He has honed his craft on some of the biggest stages worldwide. 


Kiara Rodrigues

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

Kiara Rodrigues

 

www.kiararodriguesmusic.com

 

Victorian born, and Queensland based, Kiara Rodrigues is the very essence of diversity. At just 23 years of age, her compelling tones and vibrant personality emulate a sense of maturity that is well beyond her years.

 

In 2019, Kiara was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in the Gold Medallion Media Awards. Her songwriting prowess was further rewarded as a five-time semi-finalist in the Tamworth Songwriter’s Association awards which earnt her the accolade of Comedy/Novelty song of the year for her song ‘Mr Vanity’.

 

With appearances on Channel Ten’s ‘Young Talent Time’ and ‘The X Factor’, Kiara is certainly no stranger to the stage. Her career in country music, spanning 14 years, has seen her achieve the title of Triple World Champion (Country, Gospel, Rock) at the ‘World Championships of Performing Arts’ in Hollywood, Junior Aristocrat Country Entertainer of the Year and the 2013 ‘Voice of Urban’. Additional career highlights include singing at the world famous ‘Tootsies’ in Nashville, singing the National Anthem at Broncos vs Cowboys NRL games, and graduating from the CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music.

 

Her latest single ‘Pretty Baby Blues’ has been received well across the airwaves peaking at #11 on the Australian Country Airplay Chart.

 

Her fresh and contemporary sound is equally matched by her ability to deliver the timeless classics, making her an ideal ambassador for country music.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS 

Tamworth Songwriter's Association Comedy Song of the Year for 'Mr Vanity'

#5 single “I’m Gonna Be Fine” Australian ITunes Charts

#4 single "Dear Daddy' Australian Itunes Charts

#36 'Dear Daddy' Australian Country Charts TOP 40

 #10 Top 20 98.9FM Australian TOP 20 CHARTS

Voted #48 on list of people set to make headlines in 2014 by Brisbane Times

Performed at Main Concert Urban CMF

Performed on the Maton Showcase Tamworth (pictured above) 2014

Winner “Voice Of Urban” 2013

Winner Songwriting Mildura CMF 2012

Winner 1st,2nd Songwriting QLD Champion of Champions 2012

Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year 2011

Winner Melinda Schneider Idol 2011

Semi Finalist Channel Ten’s “Young Talent Time”

Triple World Champion- Gospel, Country , Rock @ World Championships of Performing Arts – Hollywood 2010

Performed at “Tootsie’s” in Nashville 2010

Performed the National Anthem at NRL Games, Redlands Council Swearing in Ceremony, & Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup Race Day

Performed at Carols by Candlelight Townsville to a crowd of 20,000

Performed at Lord Mayors Carols Riverstage, Brisbane

Youngest ever Graduate of Academy of Country Music (10 yrs old)

Performed with Beccy Cole, Melinda Schneider, Carter & Carter, Bill Chambers & Pete Denahy.


John O'Dea

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

John O'Dea

 

www.johnodea.com.au

 

John’s music is Definitively Australian and sits somewhere between Traditional Australian country and folk. He is a storyteller through his music and loves every minute of it.

With eight excellent albums to his credit, “If Stones Could Talk”, “Old Rusty Ute”, “Storyteller”, “This Old Guitar”, “Flinders Ranges Magic”, “Happy Days”, “Under a Parachilna Sunset” and his latest release “A Dream And A Song”,  South Australian-based singer-songwriter John O’Dea has a wealth of material to draw on.

A natural performer, he released his first album of original songs in 2004. Since then, the now retired farmer makes his living teaching music to students, entertaining tourists and performing at festivals in all parts of Australia from his home base of Orroroo, South Australia.

His song “The Saddle”, became a Golden Guitar finalist when recorded by bush balladeer Matt Manning and won People Choice bush Ballad of the Year in 2009.

John has been a finalist several times in the Southern Stars Australian Independent Artist Awards at Mildura.

John has also won the APRA South Australian Country Song of the Year twice and has been a finalist several times.

John’s sixth album “Happy Days” album had good success with the first 2 single releases. “Fishing” peaked at number 2 and spent 27 weeks in the Country Tracks Top 40 charts, and his second single “Lost The Oldies” got to number 4. John was a finalist in the Heritage Song of the Year with “Son Of A Farmer” at the 2016 Southern Stars Awards

The “Patchwork Quilt” won the Songwriter award at the 2016 Gidgee Coal Awards and “Yesterday” won the Stan Coster Memorial Award in the comedy section in Feb 2017 at Bungendore Country Music Festival, both songs are from the Happy Days album.

In Tamworth 2019 John won The Gold Medallion Media Award for Bush Balladeer Of The Year SCW with his song, ”Back In Birdsville” from his seventh album Under a Parachilna Sunset.

Responses to John’s eighth album, “A Dream And A Song”, recorded at Stuie French’s Swingin’ Door Studio in Sydney New South Wales, have been very positive during his live gigs. This album, along with his others, are available for purchase online in his website’s store.

John continues to travel and build his fan base around Australia sharing his songs and stories.

The remainder of 2019 will see John on the road with festival appearances at the Camooweal Drover’s Camp Festival in August, Nanango and Mildura in September, Clarence Valley Country Muster near Grafton in October, and the Devil Muster at Smithton in Tasmania in February 2020.  

 


Gina Timms

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

Gina Timms

 

www.ginatimms.com.au

 

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.

She has independently released three CDs – It’s Time, This Is It and Borderline – and is in the process of recording her fourth studio album.

Gina successfully juggled motherhood and live performances and was named Tasmania’s Barnardos Mother of the Year in 2007. She believes the secret is the ability to multi-task and be organised.

To give her two greatest productions (sons Jakeb and Samuel) the best start in life, music took a back seat to motherhood for a time, but now they’re both independent young men, she’s a force to be reckoned with.

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.

She’s a five-foot human dynamo on stage, whose theme song, Texas (When I Die) has brought the house down at many a show during her regular Tamworth Country Music Festival appearances.

Gina made Tamworth her home in 1991, arriving to record an album, and she stayed on for four years, building up an impressive fan base around the North West and New England region of NSW.

She has co-ordinated and been chief judge of the Aristocrat Country Entertainer of the Year Quest at Wests in Tamworth each January for the past 27 years. Gina Timms’ Ladies of Country show packs out Wests’ Legends Lounge on the first night of the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, with her follow-up shows all drawing huge crowds to the popular venue. They can’t get enough of Gina Timms.

With her expansive industry knowledge, she’s also been invited to judge the Gore Gold Guitar Awards in New Zealand, as well as numerous other quests at festivals around Australia. In 2014 she was recognised in her home state with the Country Music Legend Award.

 

With a deep love and respect for traditional country music, Gina Timms honours the trailblazers at every show, choosing from her extensive repertoire. Every audience is different but they all have one thing in common – no one can resist Gina’s charm.


Peter Denahy

Pete Denahy

Pete Denahy

www.peterdenahy.com

 

Pete Denahy is a comedian and bluegrass musician hailing from Yackandandah in Victoria, Australia. He is a songwriter and singer whose show includes everything from serious ballads to ridiculous stories and songs with a twist.

 

Pete wrote the "teenager song" Sort Of Dunno Nothin' which went viral on youtube and is seen as a Gen Y anthem, although people from all generations relate to the song.

 

Pete has toured with Slim Dusty, Sara Storer, Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan and has worked in the Melbourne comedy scene with Akmahl Saleh, Elliot Goblet and Flacco.

 

Being half Japanese, Pete draws much inspiration from his late grandfather, Kido Zenichi (木戸 全一 ) who was a well respected musician in Hiroshima. In 2013 Pete travelled Japan and played bluegrass and country with some of the finest pickers he's shared a stage with.

 

Pete's main inspiration in the business of entertainment is the man who wrote "I've Been Everywhere", Geoff Mack who has been his mentor since 1991 and is one of his best friends.

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