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Tamworth Country Music Festival 2004

2004 Summary
Sensationally successful.  That was the opinion of the vast majority of music lovers who arrived in Tamworth for their annual pilgrimage to the undisputed Country Music Capital of Australia.  Tamworth provided everything from thunder and lightning, drought breaking rain, plenty of sunshine, great food outlets, public transport aplenty, thirst quenching liquids and a feast of world class music at venues all over town.  It was lovely to see the reunions of friends that only meet each year at the January festival and the many new friendships formed that look forward to next years event to meet again.  When asked, it is hard to pinpoint which was the best gig attended or artist in particular as the quality of talent is just so good.  With the mixture of veteran artists, muso's in their prime and the crop of extremely talented juniors all providing knee slapping, hand clapping, toe tapping music for all tastes.  Even the most astute music critics were smiling. A special congratulations must go to the City of Tamworth leaders for getting behind this festival and they can be very proud of the locals for going about their every day chores with a happy smile and a kind word for everybody.  All things considered, this festival was sensationally successful.
Sara Storer wins 7 Golden Guitars
Setting a new bench mark

Sara Storer -7 Awards - Female vocalist                    Adam Harvey - Male Vocalist           

Trev Warner - Instrumentalist of the Year
Bella - Vocal Group of the Year
Sara breaks all Toyota Golden Guitar Awards Records
Sara Storer broke all previous Toyota Golden Guitar Awards records tonight when she took home an unprecedented seven of the 13 awards up for grabs at Australian country music's biggest night, the 2004 Toyota Country Music Awards in Tamworth, Australia's Country Music Capital.

Sara won Album of the Year for Beautiful Circle, only her second release, produced by Garth Porter; Female Vocalist of the Year with the album's title track, Heritage Song of the Year with Drovers Call and Bush Ballad of the Year with Boss Drover's Pride, both her own songs.

Then, with Garth Porter and her brother Doug Storer, she won APRA Song of the Year for the hit Raining On The Plains. That made five and equalled the record set by Lee Kernaghan in 1999 when he won five Golden Guitars from his successful Hat Town album.

To top off the night and break Lee's record, Sara also took home awards for Vocal Collaboration of the Year and the new Single of the Year category with her duet recording of Raining On The Plains with John Williamson whose Golden Guitar tally now stands at 20, the second highest after Slim Dusty.

A delighted and gracious Sara was somewhat overwhelmed with her awards. The hottest new star of Australian country music graduated from the CMAA College of Country Music four years ago after winning a talent quest in the Northern Territory where she was working as a teacher. Sara won the New Talent Golden Guitar in 2001.

Four time Golden Guitar winner Adam Harvey added another trophy to his cabinet when he was announced as Male Vocalist of the Year with the song Call it Love from his Cowboy Dreams album.

Bella, the new all-girl trio of Kate Ballantyne, Lyn Bowtell and Karen O'Shea, won the Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with their recording of Tumbling Down, while Trev Warner took out Instrumental of the Year for Peel Street Pickin'. Trev last won a Golden Guitar in 1979 with Dennis Siddall as Trev & Dennis.

New signing to the Compass Bros label Dianna Corcoran won New Talent of the Year with I'll Fly Away while Graeme Connors took home the Golden Guitar for Telstra Video Clip of the Year with The Simple Truth (directed by Tom Spark).

Keith Urban's Golden Road won the coveted Top Selling Album of the Year award.
The 32nd annual Toyota Country Music Awards of Australia, this year dedicated to the memory of Slim Dusty, were presented in front of a capacity audience at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre.
Winners of Toyota Golden Guitar Awards
presented in Tamworth, Country Music Capital,
Saturday, January 24, 2004
APRA Song Of The Year
Raining On The Plains -
Artist - Sara Storer & John Williamson
Writers - Sara Storer/G Porter/D Storer
Male Vocalist of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Sara Storer - Beautiful Circle ABC Music
Album of the Year
Sara Storer - Beautiful Circle ABC Music
Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
Bella - Tumbling Down - Agsomgs

Vocal Collaboration of the Year
Sara Storer & John Williamson -
Raining On The Plains - ABC Music
Bush Ballad of the Year
Sara Storer - Boss Drovers Pride - Sara Storer
Heritage Song of the Year
Sara Storer - Drovers Call - ABC Music
Instrumental of the Year
Trevor Warner - Peel St. Pickin' - Trev Warner
New Talent of the Year
Dianna Corcoran - I'll Fly Away- Compass Bros Records
Top Selling Album of the Year
Keith Urban -
Golden Road - Warner
Video Clip of the Year

Graeme Connors - The Simple Truth -ABC Music
2004 Starmaker Winner
Travis Collins
Travis Collins

On Tuesday night January 20th 2004, at the West Tamworth Leagues club, SA born country music singer Sandra Humphries was announced as Female Vocalist of the year 2004 at the annually held TIARA s ( Tamworth Independent Artist Awards). The song “From the Heart” is from her Debut album “Every Road”.

The tough field of nominations for the award were Karen Lynne, Tanya Self, Kerri McInerney and Sally-Anne Whitten.

Sandra was also nominated in the Top 5 TIARA Songwriting Section with her co-written title track “Every Road”, penned with Fiona Holliday.

The award follows an exciting year for Sandra who released her first Solo Album “Every Road” in April 2003, produced by Bill Chambers.

Sandra collected “ALBUM OF THE YEAR” in September 2003, in the TSA, Tasmanian & New Zealand Independent Awards.

Sandra also received 2 Top 10 Nominations for the Victorian & National Country Music Awards for 2004

With these accomplishments under her belt in just 9 short months its no wonder the bookings coming in hard and fast for 2004,and the release of the first single “Wait a minute”, released in December 2003 on NFS #85 Track 15, is expected to create even more interest, Sandra is certainly an act you have to catch up with and “Every Road” is a must have for “True Country” fans.
For Enquiries
Ph: 08 8724 7561
Mob: 0438 247561
Cd - “Every Road” available through One Stop Entertainment and
Telstra Road To Tamworth winner

Australian Bush Laureate Awards ­ 2004 winners
Winners in the 2004 Australian Bush Laureate Awards were announced before a capacity audience in the Tamworth Town Hall this afternoon.
In Book of the Year, the winner was An Australian Treasury Of Popular Verse, compiled by Jim Haynes, published by ABC Books.
In Book of the Year, Original Verse, the winner was The Cattle Dog¹s Revenge, written by Jack Drake, published by Central Queensland University Press.

In Album of the Year, the winner was Down Memory Lane by Milton Taylor & Carmel Dunn, released by Restless Music, produced by Milton Taylor.

In Single Recorded Performance of the Year, the winner was Down Memory Lane by Milton Taylor (from the Down Memory Lane album) released by Restless Music, produced by Milton Taylor.

Winner of the Judith Hosier Heritage Award (named in honour of Australian Bush Laureate Awards founder) was Warren Fahey, a long time proponent, performer and publisher of all things Australian.

This was the ninth year of the Australian Bush Laureate Awards which were instigated in 1996 to recognise excellence in published and recorded Australian bush poetry.

Winners receive an attractive, finely crafted sculpture of a pen in the shape of a gumleaf giving the trophy the name ³the Golden Gumleaf².

The gala Awards presentation in Tamworth today (Tuesday, January 20) featured performances by Adam Brand, Carter & Carter, Michael Carr, Brendon Walmsley, Sara Storer, Melanie Hall, Jack Drake, Wallis & Matilda, Frank Daniel, Bob Magor, Milton Taylor, Marco Gliori, Paddy Ryan, Dianna Corcoran, Warren Fahey, Drew McAlister, Jim Haynes and Ray Essery.

The 2005 Australian Bush Laureate Awards will be staged in Tamworth on Tuesday, January 18.

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