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Artists

6th to 8th MAY 2022 at the CAPELLA COVERED ARENA

Australia's Country Music Greats

COMING TO THE CAPELLA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL IN 2022!

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Chad Morgan (OAM) - Australian Icon

Chad Morgan is the last of the country music legends. He has out-sung, out-drunk and outlived his famous contemporaries.

A one of kind entertainer who can captivate an audience with a story, a joke, or just a facial expression and some of the most original and funny songs ever performed, yet Chad’s moving performance of his song “Bill and Eva” makes time stand still. Fans have tears in their eyes as Chad explains the story behind the song.

A country music pioneer who has played all over Australia, with fans from grandparents to grand children.  A living legend of Australia's entertainment industry, and a true gentleman of Australian country music.

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Keith "Jammo" Jamieson (OAM)

Keith has been around for many years and has been a Ringer in the outback, Road train operator, Oil and exploration worker, Coal miner, Coach and Taxi driver, he is also a Singer/ Songwriter and has recorded many songs over the years, he has had his songs recorded by many people including the late Slim Dusty, Reg Poole OAM, Jeff Brown, Dean Perrett and many more.Keith likes to write about the land, people and places he loves leaning towards the bush ballad style of writing from his life experience.

He has won many awards through the years including A Golden Guitar for I Love Australia with Jeff Brown and has been in the finals several times he has been a member of the CMAA for a long time and also a member of the TSA since nineteen seventy eight and also a member of ABBA and ABPA. He also helps run several festivals.

Keith has toured around and crissed crossed Australia many times by road.

Keith hopes to help the young ones along the road of song as he has done for many years with Traditional Country and Bush Ballads for many years to come.

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Roger Knox

Roger Knox has been singing and performing since an early age. A devastating plane crash in his early thirties threatened to cut short his promising career. With horrendous burns to a large part of his body, Roger returned to his home community of Toomelah Aboriginal Mission Station to heal. His Auntie Hannah used singing, bush medicine and ‘the old ways’ to heal him. A strong advocate of drug and alcohol free living, he has dedicated his life to uplifting his people’s spirit, performing regularly in jails throughout Australia Canada and the USA. Singing is a significant part of Aboriginal learning and culture and he acknowledges its importance in bringing people together for healing, self-awareness and the awakening of their heritage.Roger uses his voice to inspire, encouraging people to feel good, further encouraging them to strive to be the best they can be. Engaged in mentoring young Aboriginal musicians and performers he is a well loved and inspiring role model.

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Gottani Sisters

The girls commenced their musical journey up in North Queensland where they grew up by attending country music festivals. In the late 1970's they competed in many Country Music festival talent quests and the Charters Towers country music festival. This lead to support appearances with Slim Dusty, Lee Conway, Redgum & Bullamakanka.They represented Australia in the Seagram International Battle of the Bands in Nashville when they had the pleasure of meeting high profile American artists such as George Jones, Lee Greenwood & Buck Owens, this was in 1981.

By Request was the girl's first LP and it was recorded in Townsville being the first studio album to be produced in Townsville.

1983/84 the girls were honoured to appear at the Gympie Musters which at that stage was still being organised by The Webb Brothers. They were very proud to be working with Aussie greats such as John Williamson & Eric Bogle.

Another very busy and rewarding year for Pauline & Jenny was in 1985 when they were the support for Johnny Cash, Des O'Connor & Gene Pitney at The Twin Towns RSL Club in QLD. At the Ipswich Country Music Awards that year they won the best Duo and Bluegrass sections.

LP albums Drops of Water was released in 1986 on the New Nichols & Dimes and received 2 Golden Guitar nominations. The girls joined the Slim Dusty Show in 1988, for part of his Celebration Tour and the highlight was opening the Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach QLD. June 1988 they represented Australia at Fan Fair in Nashville when it was still being held at the Fair Grounds. They were introduced on stage by the great George Jones in front of 25,000 country fans and popular back up group The Jordanaires sang with the girls on 3 songs sharing the stage with Lyn Anderson. The Nashville Paper review the girls as stand out artists on that show as they received a standing ovation. They also made two guest appearances on Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree which goes to air over the famous Nashville Radio Station WSM and were introduced by Grandpa Jones and they met up and chatted with Little Jimmy Dickens at this show.

The 3rd album for the Sisters was released in 1989 titled The Gottani Sisters. They returned to Nashville that same year to appear on TNN's You Can Be A Star hosted by Jim Ed Brown and they took out 2nd place in the grand final, they received an offer to tour with Jim but passed it up to commitments they had in Australia.

Based in Sydney since 1990/91, touring extensively around Australia and during this period recorded a single with Owen Blunder which earned the trio a Golden Guitar nomination for Video of the Year and received head line appearances at the Gympie Muster once again.

A big move for the girls was made in 1992 when they moved to USE, performing their style of country/bluegrass music while living in Nashville, then Oklahoma followed by going to Branson, Missouri where they worked in the Theatres there. At the Charlie Pride theatre they performed with Janie Fricke for 3 years, then toured around the US with her show.

Pauline & Jenny are back in Australia working the country music festivals and are planning to record and release a new album. Currently they are getting together the songs, also writing some too as they are very good song writers as their previous albums show. With Pauline on Guitar and Jenny on Guitar and Banjo, the girls are a great Aussie duo and it is great having them back working the country music scene here in Australia.

Pixie Jenkins

Pixie Jenkins

Pixie’s fiddle playing is uniquely Australian, and with his amazing energy, storytelling and humour, he has become one of the most recognisable artists in the industry. He’s also one of Australia’s most eclectic and talented entertainers, playing roots, bluegrass and Irish folk styles with an incredible dexterity and finesse.

Pixie has been a support artist and toured and recorded for some of the biggest names in the world, Bob Dylan to Cher; Jimmy Barnes to John Williamson and has been a studio musician on the recordings of 100's of other artists.

He is a multiple Australian Country Music ‘Golden Guitar’ awards winner and John Williamson has stated that “Pixie Jenkins is the greatest fiddler Australia has produced” and Pixie is often referred to as an ‘Icon’ (The Australian 2011) and a “living legend’.

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Jeff Brown

Since his early childhood, Jeff Brown has had a love for Australian Bush Ballad music, having grown up in a household where some of the great old pioneers of Australian and American country was the only music played.

In 1997, at the age of 21, Jeff recorded and released his first album “I Remember Gordon Parsons” as a tribute to Gordon.  Jeff’s talents were recognised when he won the Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Award at the Fosters Battle of the Bush during the Tamworth Festival in 1998. This same year, Jeff toured the country with the legendary “Brian Young Show” for 4 months, an experience which helped mould him into the successful entertainer that he is today.

Jeff was placed as one of the “final five” in the prestigious Golden Guitar Awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1999 with the track “The Old GP” written by Ian Quinn.  On releasing his second album “Poverty Liner” in 2003, Jeff was awarded a place in the “final five” once again, with the single “The Ghost Of Three Rivers” by Keith Jamieson.

In 2005, Jeff released his third album “Mate I’m Feelin’ Lucky” and won the Golden Guitar Award for Bush Ballad of the Year with the track “Where The Yellow Kapocks Bloom” penned by Wave Jackson.

2007 saw the release of Jeff’s 4th Album “Harvest Time Again” which won “Album of the Year” at the Bungendore Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards. The final track on this album “In The Wings of the Yard” written by Kelly and Marion Dixon and Jeff, reached the finals at the 2008 Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards for Bush Ballad of the Year.

Jeff has now released his 5th album "Hard To Let Go" which was produced by Stuie French at Swingin Doors Sudios.  The album has been a great success with Jeff winning  a Golden Guitar at the 42nd CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia for "Bush Ballad of the Year" with the song "I Love Australia" written by Keith Jamieson. Jeff also won "Male Vocalist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" at the 2014 Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards.

With farming held close to his heart and personal involvement with the transport  industry, Jeff relates to the songs that he sings and delivers them with confidence and sincerity. Jeff has stuck to the Bush Ballad music with a passion and his easy listening voice adds a fresh approach to them.

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Caitlyn Jamieson

Caitlyn was born with Country Music in her blood.

With four Australian Tours under her belt, Caitlyn has performed all over the country at festivals, pubs, clubs and old time country halls.

She tours with her Dad Keith Jamieson and Mum Alisha Smith, doing regular tours throughout Queensland and right down to the southern states and into South Australia.

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Alisha Smith

Alisha has toured right around Australia four times with her partner Keith Jamieson and their daughter Caitlyn. They perform all over the country at festivals, pubs, clubs and old time country halls, also doing regular tours from Queensland right down through the southern states and into South Australia.

She has been nominated for a few awards over the years including being in the finals of the Golden Guitar Awards in 2008 with Charley Boyter for “Tanami Track”. She won the Tasmania/NZ Best Instrumental Album in 2005 with “Guitar Pickin’ Chicken”. Alisha was very honoured to be awarded the Barry Thornton Memorial Award at Bungendore in 2005 and was also nominated in the finals of the TIARA Awards the same year. In 2014 Alisha won the Instrumental Section at the Bungendore Awards with a Terry Bennetts song called “Rabbit Flat Polka”.

Alisha has released two full instrumental albums plus three albums and a DVD with Keith Jamieson. Her latest release is an instrumental duet with Terry Bennetts called “Chicken Pickin’” which is on Terrys latest CD “Guitar Picker”.

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Shady Mike

Shady Mike the rock n’ roll rebel performs all the greats including : 

Daddy Cool, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Elvis – just to name a few. 

Shady has performed all across Australia, from Melbourne to Mt Isa, Sarina to Silverton and Winton to Weipa, and just loves the bush.

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Chad Morgan Junior

Chad Morgan Junior has been writing songs for years but has only recently put the songs down on CD.

With brother Allan in the producers chair and playing most of the instruments he has finally got something to hang his own hat on.

As part of the upcoming Capella Country Music Festival Chad Jnr will be taking the stage with his father and younger brother Allan to perform some of these tunes live for their fans.

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Wesley Kingston

Wesley's love of music started in early High School on the Central Coast of NSW. He was very fortunate to have very passionate music teachers who encouraged him to play several musical instruments. He played the Soprano Sax, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet & Clarinet.

Wesley's High School Band was invited to play at the Royal Easter Show & placed third in NSW beating the Newtown Performing Arts High School. He was also invited to play at the Banff International Music Festival in Canada both in the School Orchestral Band & The Jam Factory Jazz Band.

Wesley has continued his interest in music & he plays whenever he can. He loves touring around the countryside playing in music festivals, private parties, open mics & doing studio recordings. With a love for all genres of music & a love to entertain. Wesley brings enjoyment to those who will listen.

Kelvin-Nolan

Kelvin Nolan

Professional Australian guitarist based on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Toured and worked with many of Australia's country legends. Country guitarist who has worked with many of Australias best artists including Slim Dusty, Chad Morgan, John Williamson, and internationals Charlie Landsborough and Jett Williams (daughter of the legendary Hank Williams) to name a few. He was part of the Tamworth recording scene for many years and now resides on the gold coast with Adi Burgess (an accomplished vocalist in her own right).

Clint-Birang

Clint Birang

Clint Birang From the Gold Coast formally of the band Jagged Edge, Bluesville and The Tequila Slammers Band , Clint being a self taught drummer and has over 35 years of playing up his sleeve , Clint comes from a family of jazz players and is extremely on the money when it comes to timing, Country rock, Blues, and Rock & Roll is Clints forte and has been involved in the music industry most of his life, Clint is currently performing with the Shady Characters band and is happy to play with any band on a impromptu situation.

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Gary Fogarty

Gary Fogarty has succeeded in doing what most of us aspire to, turning his ‘passion’ into a full time pursuit. After years of hard work and dedication to performing Bush Poetry, Gary can now legitimately lay claim to be one of Australia’s most popular and busy Bush Poets. In a very short stint in bush Poetry Competitions, Gary won the Inaugural Australian Bush Poetry Championship and several other major competitions before moving into the professional sector of entertainment.

A regular performer at some of this country’s major Festivals for many years now, Gary has taken the next step and as a member of the Australian Performing Arts Team has taken his craft to an international audience, claiming a Silver and Two Bronze medals at the prestigious World Championships of Performing arts in the USA.

The life for a bush poet is never dull and Gary balances his time between guest performances at well- known Festivals such as Gympie, Tamworth, Mud Bulls and Music, and Booyup Brook, conducting writing and performing workshops for both school children and adults, corporate entertainment, voice-over work, roving announcing at Festival such as Chinchilla Melon Festival, Tara Festival of Culture, Australian Camp Oven Festival, and Gayndah Orange Festival, compeering a wide variety of events, as well as dabbling in song writing and composing Customised Poems for a growing client base.

While the entertainment industry is notorious for being fickle and no performer can take their future in the industry for granted, it would appear that with a long list of achievement and awards behind him, a burning desire to continue searching for ways to improve and that lifelong passion for his craft, that Gay Fogarty will be a part of the entertainment scene in this country for a long time yet.

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Ranger Nick

Often referred to as the "Guru" of camp oven cooking, Ranger Nick is the master of keeping it simple and has been demonstrating camp oven and bush cooking skills professionally since 2010, travelling the country and abroad. Coming from a large family, he whips up a cracker of a meal with whatever is in the tuckerbox.A previous environmental education support officer and Ranger Guide from outback Queensland, Ranger Nick is putting his bush skills to use wherever his travels take him. When he is not cooking up a storm in the camp oven, Ranger Nick passes on his knowledge to school groups and fellow adventurers, teaching them the art of bush skills, camp oven cooking and outdoor etiquette.

Considered a dinky-di Aussie character who walks his talk with no dull moments, Ranger Nick’s colloquial language and unique sense of humour have earned him the reputation of the entertaining Bush Cook.

Keeping heritage and traditions alive, he combines educational information with bush poetry, yarns and ballads during his camp oven cooking demonstrations.

Appealing to young and old, he leaves a lasting impression wherever he goes and is a conversational point long after the show has finished.

Recently involved in successfully claiming the World Record title for the Longest Damper, Ranger Nick has guest appearances on “Step Outside with Paul Burt” and “Merv’s Outdoors”, is the author of three books, has released a DVD, developed a comprehensive Outdoor Training Program and frequently gets invited to judge at large camp oven cooking competitions.

Ranger Nick is available to entertain at corporate and public events or private functions.

A true edutainer and real character, Ranger Nick draws crowds at his performances around the country.

He will bring the outdoors into your kitchen at home, into the back yard, or show how to get out there and do it in style.

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