Headline Artists for 2021

Jean Stafford

The Feral Swing Katz

www.jeanstafford.com.au


Born in Tasmania to a Tasmanian mother and a Navajo Native American father whom she never knew existed until much later in her life, Jean spent her earlier years in the hills of Meander, Northern Tasmania, where she learnt her craft as a budding country singer performing at local hotels country halls and dances.


It was from that rural area in Northern Tasmania to Nashville Tennessee, that Jean Stafford left an imprint for many of today’s younger artists.  Her successful career accomplished from a remarkable journey, the road was long and hard for the silver-voiced girl who made her first public appearance on Tasmanian television at the age of twelve.


In 1975 Jean Stafford was the first Australian born to win the Female Vocalist of the Year Golden Guitar and subsequent multi-award winning Golden Guitars in 1980 & 1981.  Jean was crowned Australia’s Queen of Country Music in Sydney in 1989 and in the early ‘90’s she was appointed an Honorary Commission as Ambassador to the USA by the Tasmania Government, and presented the Keys to the City of Nashville’ by the Mayor for Services to Country Music in the US, and an Honorary Citizen of the State of Tennessee by the Governor.


Spanning some three decades, Jean’s career heralds three Golden Guitars and a prestigious MO Award, Double Platinum and two Gold Albums for ‘Finest Collection’ and ‘That Say’s It All’ and various Industry Services and Songwriting Awards.


Bob Wilson - Barkindjiman

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

In 1955, I was born under a gum tree on the Darling River. I was the first born of nine Wilson kids.

 

"I grew up in Wilcannia in New South Wales in a culture filled with music. In this harmonious family environment, it was our natural instinct to get up and sing. Singing made the Barkindji spirit stronger. I sing with the spirits of my grandparents, aunts, uncles and ancestors behind me, who showed me great strength in the face of severe adversity.

I learnt how to play music by ear. I can’t read music but I didn’t need to. I just copied the music from the records my parents would be playing, the old 78’s ’75 and 45.LP’s  I would tune the guitar to the tunes of Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams or Charley Pride and other singers. I was fascinated with records and the recording process. There was lots of busking back in those days but you needed a permit which cost money. I played and sang country music most days and I had started my dream to one day cut my own record. 

The inspiration for my music comes to me from life experiences, my family, my people and my dreams for a better future for Aborigines.

I started singing in competition when I was 10, winning my first talent quest at 15. I’m a singer/songwriter with several songs already released on my albums and more on the way. I always wanted to perform professionally on stage, which finally happened when I was 40.

Throughout my career I have added to my resume and have sung with Paul Kelley, Ross Wilson, Ian Moss, Wilbur Wilde, Frankie J Holden from Old 55, Troy Casser Daly, Casey Donovan, Vikka and Linda Bull from Black Sorrows, Archie Roach, Chad Morgan and many more…….

I used to have my own band called Walkabout Country, performing throughout the Northern regions of Tasmania as well as open to travel for gigs on a state wide level, however it was difficult to get all 5 members together due to work commitments and such so with the assistance of my wife, Julie, I set up to go solo. My wife now sings with me on odd occasions which we both enjoy as a team.

I released my first CD “I Am What I Am in 2002. In 2010 I released my second album, Bob Wilson’s Country “The River of Life I have my music video clip “Walkabout” on YouTube. To view this Google Bob Wilson Walkabout

 

Most of my time these days apart from my work as a disability support person, I love spending time with my family. Nothing gives me more pleasure than when my grandchildren sing along with me and play guitar.


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.


Amy Pegg

Camille, Stuie & Sonny French

Amy Pegg is a 25-year-old singer-guitar-songwriter, from Tasmania, Australia. Influenced by a wide range of artists from those provided by her father such as Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and The Doors. To artists that Amy grew up inspired by such as, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and The Veronicas. Amy crafts songs that blend elements of Pop, Country, Blues and Folk. Her sweet vocal tone, hand in hand with her relatable songs, ranging from warm soulful tunes to anthems, with heartfelt lyrics, portraying stories of personal hardship and triumphs.

 

Live, her simplified, honest and raw performance have earned Amy significant momentum in the Tasmanian music scene. Having performed at renowned Tasmanian festivals including Party in the Paddock, Festivale Tasmania, the Forth Valley Blues Festival, Tamar Valley Folk Festival, and more.

 

Amy began playing guitar when she was eight years old and performing to audiences since she was twelve. As Amy got older she found that she was wanting to sing songs that told her experiences. She then began writing her own material in late 2014 and has been writing songs of her personal struggles and triumphs since. Amy released her first single, ‘Out of My League’ in 2017. She then released her debut EP, ‘Players’ in October of 2019. Amy shared her music with people around the state on an album tour, during which she opened for famous Australian country artist Troy Cassar-Daley in Queenstown, Tasmania. Amy has then gone on to release more music with her singles ‘Long Way Home’ and released just earlier this month ‘Draw the Line’. Amy is currently working away in the studio with new music on the horizon.

 

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