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Bruce McCumstie has resigned as a host of Horseshoe Bend Roundup. Bruce
was one of the founders of HBR and provided a huge amount of support over
would like to wish Bruce all the best in his future endeavours.
Bruce McCumstie, Michael King and Alby Pool
(Photo Courtesy of Dick Marriott)
THE HORSESHOE BEND
ROUNDUP MOVES TO HEXHAM BOWLING CLUB.
The Hunter Valley’s now famous country music night “The Horseshoe
Bend Roundup” is following it’s path of growth and continued
improvement and can now be found every Wednesday night at Hexham
Bowling Club. Air-conditioned comfort and a great dance floor!
The “Roundup” was originally the concept of local country
recording artists Alby Pool, Rob Wilson and Bruce McCumstie, to
provide a night for both established and emerging country artists
from the Hunter Valley and Central Coast with an emphasis on
fostering the amazing group of young country performers who come
from in and around Newcastle. Each week these three performers,
assisted by Donella Plane take a turn in hosting the night and
introducing other performers and special guests.
Every week highlights a special guest and over the past two and a
half years that the night has been going this has included great
performers and favourites such as 2004 Starmaker Winner Travis
Collins and 2004 Golden Guitar Winners Sara Storer (record total
of 7!), Adam Harvey (Male Vocalist) and “Bella” (Vocal Group of
the Year) both as a group and individually “– Karen O’Shea, Lyn
Bowtell and Kate Ballantyne. There has also been a myriad of other
guests including internationals Catherine Britt, Bill Chambers
(Casey’s dad and guitarist) along with Johnny Green (Blues
Cowboys) plus many many more too numerous to mention
The now infamous backing band “The Horseshoebenders” are Duncan
Toombs on Lead Guitar (Duncan is Adam Brand’s lead guitarist and
with his own band “Southern Steel), on drums is Peter Figures
(well known legendary country and rock drummer), Greg Franks on
Bass (well known local lead guitarist an bass player) and Chad
Plane on keyboards (from Donella Plane Duo & band) – the “Benders”
provide professional backing to the many artists and special
guests that entertain the ever-growing crowds every Wednesday
night. If a night arises when any of the boys are not available
other first class musician always jump in and take the place
keeping up the high standard.
The night has been possible by the continued sponsorship from day
one by Mr John Canning from Newcastle Brake and Clutch and the
support of the regular ever growing crowd of listeners and dancers
alike who continue to come along every Wednesday night.
Currently having a three-week break while all the participating
hosts and artists were performing and now recovering from two
intense weeks at the Tamworth Country Music festival - The
Horseshoe Bend Roundup will resume on Wednesday 4th February at
Hexham Bowling Club.
MOVING TO HEXHAM
The long running Hunter
Valley music night, the HORSESHOE BEND ROUNDUP is moving.
In keeping with a commitment to continued improvement, the acclaimed
weekly Country Music entertainment night will commence at HEXHAM
BOWLING CLUB on Wednesday 4th of February 2004.
Currently in recess for 3 weeks due to the migration towards the
Tamworth festival the Benders will be back better than ever upstairs
at friendly Hexham.
The bowling club will be providing a bar, raffles and prizes, all in
the children friendly and air conditioned comfort of their modern
The weekly hosts continue to be a rotation of Alby Pool, Bruce
McCumstie and Donella Plane, whilst the band consists of drummer Peter
Figures, lead Duncan Toombs, keyboard Chad Plane with Greg Franks on
bass. Each week sees a different guest artist appearing.
With the continued sponsorship by NEWCASTLE BRAKE & CLUTCH
and the assistance that Julie Bain and her team at Hexham Bowlo will
be offering, the future of these quality nights of entertainment is
So maybe a slight change of direction for all of those attending, but
sure to be an improvement.
Print out and have the memories