Hats Off to Country – Tamworth July


Program current as at 19 June 2018.

Show Title  Venue Time  Ticketed or Free?
Wednesday 11 July 2018
 CCMA Jam Night  South Tamworth Bowling Club, 11 Margaret Street, South Tamworth  6:00pm  Free
 Thursday 12 July 2018
 Australian Country Music Hall of Fame opens  561 Peel Street, Tamworth  9:00am  Adults $7/Children (Under 12) Free
 Gallery of Stars Wax Museum opens  Big Golden Guitar, 2 Ringers Road, Tamworth  9:00am
 Don Costa  Tamworth Shoppingworld, Bridge & Denne Streets, West Tamworth  10:00am  Free
 Oasis Band with host, Wayne Elliott  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  6:00pm  Free
 Opening Night Acoustic Session with Anthony Taylor, Sandra Humphries, Alby Pool  South Tamworth Bowling Club, 11 Margaret Street, South Tamworth  6:30pm  Free
 Albert’s Muso Jam  The Albert Hotel, 211 Peel Street, Tamworth  8:30pm  Free
 Ryan Morris  Tudor Hotel, 327 Peel Street, Tamworth  8:00pm  Free
 Friday 13 July 2018
 Australian Country Music Hall of Fame  561 Peel Street, Tamworth  9:00am  Adults $7/Children (Under 12) Free
 Gallery of Stars Wax Museum Opens  Big Golden Guitar, 2 Ringers Road, Tamworth  9:00am
 Don Costa  Tamworth Shoppingworld, Bridge & Denne Streets, West Tamworth  10:00am  Free
 Centrepoint Walk-up Stage presented by Capital Country Radio and Country Music Bulletin  Centrepoint Arcade, 374 Peel Street, Tamworth  11:00am  Free
 Bobby Valentine  The Welder’s Dog, 37 Dowe Street, Tamworth  5:00pm  Free
 Trevor Coombes  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  6:00pm  Free
 TSA Songwriters featuring Kylie Adams Collier, Brendan Smoother, Melissa Robertson and Wendy Wood  Tamworth City Bowling Club, Napier & Brisbane Streets, Tamworth  6:00pm  Free
 Anthony Taylor  South Tamworth Bowling Club, 11 Margaret Street, South Tamworth  6:30pm  Free
 Oasis Band with hosts Lawrie & Shelley Minson  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  7:00pm  Free
 2018 CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music Graduation Concert  The Family Hotel, 190 Bridge Street, Tamworth  7:30pm  Free
 The Brendans’ Dinner & Show  Carmen’s Restaurant, 2-24 Spains Lane, Kingswood  7:30pm  $50 per person including three-course dinner. Bookings essential on 02 6762 6700.
 Rachael Fahim  The Albert Hotel, 211 Peel Street, Tamworth  7:30pm  Free
 Howdy’s Hoedown  The Pub, 99 Gunnedah Road, Tamworth  8:00pm  Free
 Hurricane Fall  Longyard Hotel, 10/12 Ringers Road, Tamworth  8:00pm  Free
 Goldheist  Post Office Hotel, 8 Fitzroy Street, Tamworth  8:00pm  Free
 Finnian Johnson  Tudor Hotel, 327 Peel Street, Tamworth  8:30pm  Free
 Missy Lancaster  West Tamworth League Club, 58 Philip Street, Tamworth  8:30pm  Free
 Michael Bryers  North Tamworth Bowling Club, 20-26 Bligh Street, North Tamworth  8:30pm  Free
 Simply Bushed  Tamworth Services Club, 199 Marius Street, Tamworth  8:30pm  Free
 2018 Toyota Star Maker Brad Cox  The Albert Hotel, 211 Peel Street, Tamworth  8:45pm  Free
 Rachael Fahim  The Albert Hotel, 211 Peel Street, Tamworth 10:00pm Free
 2018 Toyota Star Maker Brad Cox  The Albert Hotel, 211 Peel Street, Tamworth 11:15pm Free
 Saturday 14 July 2018
 Australian Country Music Hall of Fame opens  561 Peel Street, Tamworth  9:00am  Adults $7/Children (Under 12) Free
 Gallery of Stars Wax Museum opens  Big Golden Guitar, 2 Ringers Road, Tamworth  9:00am
 Don Costa  Tamworth Shoppingworld, Bridge & Denne Streets, West Tamworth  10:00am  Free
 Songwriters Live on the Deck  DAG Sheep Station, Crawney Road, Nundle  10:00am  Free
 ABBA Bronze Bust Fundraiser for Frank Ifield  Southgate Inn, 16A Kent Street, Tamworth  10:00am  $10 Donation at door
 Gary Daniel  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  10:00am  Free
 Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) Songwriters featuring Georgie Taylor, Ian Wilkinson, Trinity Woodhouse, Wendy Wood, Red Heart Blue, Ian Burns, Becci Nethery, Tony Kennelly, Melissa Robertson, Dunc & Sue, the Shelly Jones Band, Kathryn Luxford, the Floyd Black Band, Kylie Adams Collier, Peter Salata and Brendan Smoother  Post Office Hotel, 8 Fitzroy Street, Tamworth  10:30am  Free
 Songwriters’ Showcase featuring Shane Nicholson, Luke O’Shea, Felicity Urquhart, Kevin Bennett, Aleyce Simmonds & Jeremy Edwards  DAG Sheep Station, Crawney Road, Nundle  11:00am  Click here to buy tickets
 Showpony Express “Make A Wish Come True” Single Launch  Big Golden Guitar, 2 Ringers Road, Tamworth  11:00am  Free
 Wayne Elliott  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  11:00am  Free
 Centrepoint Walk-up Stage presented by Capital Country Radio and Country Music Bulletin  Centrepoint Arcade, 374 Peel Street, Tamworth  11:00am  Free
 John Lecner  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  12:00pm  Free
 Kora Naughton “Ride or Die” Album Launch  Moonshiners Honky Tonk Bar at The Family Hotel, Bridge & Belmore Streets, Tamworth  1:00pm  Free
 Triple T  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  1:00pm  Free
 Michael Bryers  Tamworth Services Club, 199 Marius Street, Tamworth  2:00pm  Free
 Tamworth Live & Local Acoustic presented by 88.9FM Jodie Crosby  West Tamworth League Club, 58 Philip Street, Tamworth  2:00pm
 Bob Easter  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  2:00pm  Free
 The Weeping Willows & Allison Forbes  City Sider Motel, 237 Marius Street, Tamworth  2:00pm  Free
 Hattie Oates  The Welder’s Dog, 37 Dowe Street, Tamworth  2:00pm  Free
 Greg Bain  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  3:00pm  Free
 Gayle O’Neil  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  4:00pm  Free
 Aleyce Simmonds and Brad Butcher  The Welder’s Dog, 37 Dowe Street, Tamworth  5:00pm  Click here to buy tickets
 Matt Scullion & Friends  Hogs Breath Cafe, 265-267 Peel Street, Tamworth  5:00pm  Free
 Graeme Doubleday  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  5:00pm  Free
 Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) Songwriters featuring Kathryn Luxford, Shelly Jones Band, Ian Burns and Red Heart Blue  Tamworth City Bowling Club, Napier & Brisbane Streets, Tamworth  6:00pm  Free
 Don Costa  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  6:00pm  Free
 Sandra Humphries and Jared Scott  South Tamworth Bowling Club, 11 Margaret Street, South Tamworth  6:30pm  Free
 Luke O’Shea Dinner Show  North Tamworth Bowling Club, 20-26 Bligh Street, North Tamworth  7:00pm  $35 Tickets includes 2 course dinner – Buy tickets from the club
 Oasis Band with host Trevor Coombes  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  7:00pm  Free
 Rachael Fahim The Albert Hotel, 211 Peel Street, Tamworth  7:30pm  Free
 Hurricane Fall  Longyard Hotel, 10/12 Ringers Road, Tamworth  8:00pm  Free
 Adam Harvey  West Tamworth League Club, 58 Philip Street, Tamworth  8:00pm  Click here to buy tickets
 Jonny Taylor  West Diggers, 4 Kable Avenue, Tamworth  8:30pm  Free
 Simply Bushed  Tamworth Services Club, 199 Marius Street, Tamworth  8:30pm  Free
 The Cartwheels  West Tamworth League Club, 58 Philip Street, Tamworth  8:30pm  Free
 Sally-Anne Whitten & the Rumour Mill  Tudor Hotel, 327 Peel Street, Tamworth  8:30pm  Free
 2018 Toyota Star Maker Brad Cox  The Albert Hotel, 211 Peel Street, Tamworth  9:00pm  Free
 The Beau Hatch Country Band  Post Office Hotel, 8 Fitzroy Street, Tamworth  9:00pm  Free
 Rachael Fahim  The Albert Hotel, 211 Peel Street, Tamworth  10:15pm  Free
 2018 Toyota Star Maker Brad Cox  The Albert Hotel, 211 Peel Street, Tamworth  11:30pm  Free
 Sunday 15 July 2018
 Australian Country Music Hall of Fame opens  561 Peel Street, Tamworth  10:00am  Adults $7/Children (Under 12) Free
 Don Costa  Tamworth Shoppingworld, Bridge & Denne Streets, West Tamworth  10:00am  Free
 Songwriters’ Live on the Deck  DAG Sheep Station, Crawney Road, Nundle  10:00am  Free
 Chris Strohfeld  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  10:00am  Free
 Songwriters’ Showcase featuring Shane Nicholson, Luke O’Shea, Felicity Urquhart, Kevin Bennett, Aleyce Simmonds & Jeremy Edwards  DAG Sheep Station, Crawney Road, Nundle  11:00am  Click here to buy tickets
 Tamworth Songwriters Association (TSA) Songwriters Over Lunch featuring Duncan Hill, the Floyd Black Band, Chelsea Rollings, Brendan Smoother, Peter Salata, Kylie Adams Collier, Tony Kennelly, Becci Nethery and Shelly Jones Band  Longyard Hotel, 10/12 Ringers Road, Tamworth  11:00am  Free
 John Lecner  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  11:00am  Free
 Centrepoint Walk-up Stage presented by Capital Country Radio and Country Music Bulletin  Centrepoint Arcade, 374 Peel Street, Tamworth  11:00am  Free
 Lyn & Phil Manning  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  12:00pm  Free
 Songwriters Show featuring Michael Bryers and special guests  North Tamworth Bowling Club, 20-26 Bligh Street, North Tamworth  12:30pm  Free
 CCMA Hats Off Tribute to the Dallas Family  South Tamworth Bowling Club, 11 Margaret Street, South Tamworth  1:00pm  Free
 Bob Easter  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  1:00pm  Free
 Lawrie & Shelley Minson  West Tamworth League Club, 58 Philip Street, Tamworth  2:00pm  Free
 Jonny Taylor  West Diggers, 4 Kable Avenue, Tamworth  2:00pm  Free
 Ryan Morris  Longyard Hotel, 10/12 Ringers Road, Tamworth  2:00pm  Free
 Allison Forbes presents: The Big Birthday Bash Bonanza  The Tamworth Hotel, 147 Marius Street, Tamworth  2:00pm  Free
 Greg Bain  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  2:00pm  Free
 Triple T  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  3:00pm  Free
 Songwriters’ Retreat Showcase featuring Shane Nicholson, Luke O’Shea, Felicity Urquhart, Kevin Bennett, Aleyce Simmonds, Jeremy Edwards PLUS special guests Brad Butcher, Jeff Gibson, John Krsulja, Brendan Nawrocki and artists from the 2018 Songwriters’ Retreat*  DAG Sheep Station, Crawney Road, Nundle  4:00pm  Click here to buy tickets
 Graeme Doubleday  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  4:00pm  Free
 Alby Pool and Pals  South Tamworth Bowling Club, 11 Margaret Street, South Tamworth  4:30pm  Free
 Oasis Band with host Rob Breese  Oasis Hotel, 583 Armidale Road, Tamworth  5:30pm  Free

Totally Biased Fan Review: Allison Forbes and Montgomery Church

Saturday 23 June, 2018  5-7

The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick, Victoria.

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A few weeks ago, I reviewed an album on here called In the Shadow of the Mountain by Montgomery Church. The duo from Cooma in New South Wales, delivered what I think is in the top 5 country albums so far this year.  Technically, it is labelled folk music, but as country folk is one of the 79 types of country music and my personal favourite, this 60’s Aquarian flower child was beside herself.

I will forever be remembered for my custard line, which was meant as a compliment and also I was trying to use different words, as often in these reviews, you can become cliched or at least have your own buzz words and sayings.

Needless to say, I was delighted when a surprise gig popped up on my screen with one of my favourite Tamworth Sisters, Allison Forbes and at one of my fave venues.

A pretty packed intimate room enjoyed the music of not just one fab artist, but 3. They are doing a bit of a tour together at the moment and living out of caravans.

Allison sang a lot of her songs from her EEPs, except for one of my favourites, Remember My Name, but I shall forgive her for that as she did sing A Pirate’s Life (known to us fans as The Pirate Song) and my personal favourite,  What’ll happen to me now.

As usual, she threw in a few off the cuff songs and also sang a few with Montgomery Church and visa versa. Allison always injects a bit of humour into her performances.

Allison Forbes has one of the most unique voices in Australian music. She is an awesome songwriter and a beaut ambassador for Tamworth and Australian Country Music.

One day, her EEPs will grow into an album and I will be one of the first in line to buy it.

Montgomery Church thought that were safe with a couple of songs but there was someone from Cooma in the crowd!  Their beautiful harmonies, dobro music to die for and some well crafted folk songs made their appearance an act to complement Allison’s music. They have a similar sound….and is Mr Gump would say, they went together like Peas and Carrots.

It was a great way to chill out on a cool Melbourne early evening. Thank you for the music guys…..and may the custard flow forever.