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NEWS 2014

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2014 - October - Performer and Awards Updates

    1. Latest Performer Announcements

    There's a great range of performers at this year's Festival. This month we can announce the following great artists:

    • Doug McIntyre (NSW) - multi-award winning independent country music performer returns to the Festival with a new album to showcase. One of the hmost insightful songwriter performers Doug is always set to please existing fans and new audiences alike.
    • Carmel Charlton (WA) - One of the West's best female singer songwriters is performing at this year's festival. Celebrating the ANZACs with her current music "Horses Coming Home" after great success with "Women Of The West". A must experience at the Festival!
    • Peter Christie Band (NSW) - Award wining performer/songwriter/musician Peter hails from the Blue Mountains and brings a bluegrass and gospel feel the Festival.
    • The Long And Short Of It (VIC) – One of Australia's leading singer/songwriter duos well known as a cover band and now hitting great form with the album "You Made Me Stronger" of their originals. An audience favourite and award winner that always delight.
    • Nomad The Magician (ACT) – For something completely different try the entertainment of a performer with his sights set on Las Vegas! With growing regional popularity Nomad can show that the hand is quicker than the eye!


    2. Lifetime Achievement Awards


    This year the Festival will be awarding 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards:

    • Australian Lifetime Achievement Award - Des Morgan (VIC) - taught guitar by Tex Morton himself Des is now past 80 and still performing the traditional country style that few can emulate. Losing his fingertips did not deter him as he travels across the nation as a true country gentleman.

    • Asia-Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award - Matthew Tan (Singapore) - Many a traveller would have heard the international hit "Singapore Cowboy" sung by Matthew and the Mandarins during the 1980s. Officially triple platinum, the song and albums were pirated many times over during the times of vinyl and cassettes. Catch his live performance on Saturday.


    3. Tickets Available @ Ticketbooth & Camping Online

    Festival Weekend and Day Pass Tickets are still available. Campers please note that powered campsites must be booked pre-festival - no exceptions! Unpowered vans & tents are fine on the day of the Festival, but will have to line up @ Ticket Office with daytrippers so we advise to book ahead!


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2014 - August - Performer and Awards Announcements

    1. Latest Performer Announcements

    There will be a fantastic array of performers at this year's Festival. This month we can announce the following great artists:

    • Carter + Carter (VIC) - the most successful independent contemporary country music group returns to the Festival by popular demand. With a swag of Gold Guitars between them David & Merilyn appear Saturday night and always make themselves available to catch up with their fans.
    • Tanya Self (QLD) - Riding high in the contemporary country music charts Tanya divides her year between Australia and Europe/USA these days. Tanya will be showcasing her latest album "Random Truths" as well as a favourites from past releases and making the most of meet and greets with her southern fans.
    • Steve Passfield (NSW) - Multi-Gold Guitar winner Steve returns for the weekend performing Friday night on the main stage as well as more intimate sets over the weekend. A great opportunity to hear his new songs as well as the music that has made his reputation second to on in Australian country music.
    • Greg Bain (NSW) – One of Australia's leading bush balladeers performing at various stages during the weekend. Highly regarded by all, we are very proud have Greg performing true blue Aussie music at the festival.
    • Silver Soles Cloggers (ACT) – Showcasing their nationally recognised techniques and skills on the best wooden floor the Festival ever had. Catch them dancing up a storm during the weekend. A lot of fun!


    2. Brothers 3 Update!


    As many already know Brothers 3 (who had their first public performance at our festival 5 years ago) are presently well placed in the 2014 X Factor series:

    • At this stage they are restricted in performances until the end of October
    • As one of the few artists that return year after year to the Festival they are keen to perform again in November
    • So keep the faith as we are optimistic they will be on stage and do the meet and greets as in the past
    • If you haven't seen them check out X Factor (they are the boys that actually can play instruments as well as sing in tune and harmony!)

    3. Sponsors Update!


    We are pleased to advise the support of new and renewing sponsors that make the Festival possible, in particular:

    • ISG Traffic - providing invaluable support with signage and equipment for traffic and parking arrangements at the Festival. We appreciate their support for the Festival and highly recommend their services.

    • RockAuto Parts - North America’s leading online auto parts distributor with a keen interest in servicing the Australian market and is assisting with the Muster. Maggie Miller, Marketing Executive said " RockAuto is proud to be associated with the Canberra Ute Car Truck Muster and looks forward a great future together”

    • MW Guitars - Leading regional guitar and ukulele maker specialising in unique designed shapes that are hand-made by by master craftsman Michael Williams. MW will also have a display of his instruments for inspection and playing - a must for dedicate and aspiring musicians.

    4. Motor Neurone Disease Research A Festival Beneficiary


    With one of our original performers and supporters afflicted with Motor Neurone Disease, the Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival will support fundraising for research for its elimination. As per Wikipedia “The motor neuron diseases (MND) are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurons, the cells that control voluntary muscle activity including speaking, walking, swallowing, and general movement of the body. They are generally progressive in nature, and cause increasingly debilitating disability.”

    Festival management are very happy to be able to further assist people with disabilities as well as providing practical recognition and support for carers who do so much for the wider community.

    4. Award Nominations Close 30 September

    The Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival hosts awards presentations during the weekend. Nominations for each close on 30 September and are decided by a panel of independent judges from across the music industry. Checkout the Awards and past winners at:

    • Canberra Blues & Roots Awards – to provide recognition and incentive to performer through their recordings. Judging occurs during October with Awards presented on Friday 15 Nov at the Festival site – entry forms can be Downloaded Here

    • Canberra Country Music Awards – to provide recognition and incentive to performer through their recordings. Judging occurs during October with Awards presented on Sunday 16 Nov at the Festival site – entry forms can be Downloaded Here

    • Canberra Country Songwriting Awards – to provide recognition and incentive to songwriters. Judging occurs during October with Awards presented on Saturday 15 Nov at the Festival site – entry forms can be Downloaded Here

    • Country’s Got Talent - to provide recognition and incentive to amateur singers. Judging occurs during the Festival with Awards presented on Saturday 15 Nov at the Festival site – entry forms can be Downloaded Here

    And show your support by attending the award presentations during the Festival weekend.

    5. Tickets Available @ Ticketbooth & Camping Online

    Festival Weekend and Day Pass Tickets are still available. Campers please note that powered campsites must be booked pre-festival - no exceptions! Unpowered vans & tents are fine on the day of the Festival, but will have to line up @ Ticket Office with daytrippers so we advise to book ahead!


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2014 - May - Performer and Awards Announcements

    1. Latest Performer Announcements

    There will be a fantastic array of performers at this year's Festival. This month we can announce the following great artists:

    • Brothers 3 (NSW) - People's Choice award winner, 4 albums and numerous songwriting awards to their credit sees the the boys returning to the Festival and their fans.
    • Sami Cooke (NSW) – Fresh from six months of east coast touring rising country crossover star from the South West Slopes and past Country's Got Talent winner now winning hearts nationwide!
    • The Turrells (NSW/QLD) - Duo comprising Muriel (Maleny QLD) & Tony (Snowy Mountains NSW) performing a mix of traditional to contemporary songs across country / folk genres.
    • Sean Hale (VIC) – with a decade as session guitarist on the US circuit with a Who's Who of country/rock artists he will be recording a new live album on main stage of his award winning gospel blues


    2. Festival Bush Poets Lineup Details!

    We are pleased to advise that Lorraine McCrimmon & "The Old Battler" (Bill Williams) will be leading the Bush Poets Breakfasts on both Saturday 15 Nov and Sunday 16 Nov. Held at the True Blue Stage there will be an enhanced selection of food available to satisfy campers and fans of Aussie yarns alike. Naturally, walk-ups are welcome and other well-known personalities will be announced progressively over the next few months. This is always one of the most popular sessions at the Festival and not to be missed.

    3. Award Nominations/Entries Open

    Entries are open for the Awards presented at the Festival:
    • Canberra Country Music Awards – to provide recognition and incentive to performer through their recordings. Judging occurs during October with Awards presented on Sunday 16 Nov at the Festival site – entry forms can be Downloaded Here

    • Canberra Country Songwriting Awards – to provide recognition and incentive to songwriters. Judging occurs during October with Awards presented on Saturday 15 Nov at the Festival site – entry forms can be Downloaded Here

    • Country’s Got Talent - to provide recognition and incentive to amateur singers. Judging occurs during the Festival with Awards presented on Saturday 15 Nov at the Festival site – entry forms can be Downloaded Here

    4. Workshops

    The draft workshop program has been released with our best ever lineup. Whether it's recording an album, understanding all about mastering and publishing or getting some vocal harmony together the range is simply awesome this year. The Workshops will be conducted at The Outpost located around 300 metres from the closest stage to assist in focusing and enjoying the sessions led by some of the leading industry business and musicians in their field. And the best part is it's all included in the Festival entry!

    3. Volunteers Welcome With Online Webpage


    After a break, we have updated the online registration webpage for festival volunteers (thanks Kris for your efforts). The Festival requires around 200 volunteers to run smoothly and all types of skills and talents are welcome. We especially welcome Work Experience students, production tekkies, hospitality folk amongst others. So check out being a Volunteer:


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