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Telstra Country Music Festival Tamworth 2005
14th - 23rd January
Tamworth 2005 Festival Summary
Male Vocalist Adam Harvey          Female Vocalist  Kasey Chambers
33rd Toyota Golden Guitar Award Winners are:
Male Vocalist of the Year: Adam Harvey
Female Vocalist of the Year: Kasey Chambers
Album of the Year: Melinda Schneider: 'Family Tree' Produced by Graham Thompson
Single of the Year: Kasey Chambers - 'Like a River'
New Talent of the Year: Jedd Hughes
Top Selling Album of the Year: Kasey Chambers - 'Wayward Angel'
Video Clip of the Year: Slim Dusty - 'Get Along' Directed by Molotov Productions
Vocal Group of the Year: Bella
Vocal Collaboration of the Year: Tracy Coster & Anne Kirkpatrick - 'Back to the Saltbush Plains'
Bush Ballad of the Year: Jeff Brown - 'Where the Yellow Kapocks Bloom' Written by Wave Jackson
Heritage Song of the Year: Lee Kernaghan & Colin Buchanan - 'Missin' Slim'
Instrumental of the Year: Tommy Emmanuel - 'Tall Fiddler'

APRA Song of the Year: 'Real People'­ Melinda Schneider and Michael Carr
Tracy Coster and Anne Kirkpatrick -
'Back To The Saltbush Plains' - Winner Golden Guitar for
Vocal Collaboration of the Year.
Golden Guitar for Tracy Coster & Anne Kirkpatrick
Samantha McClymont wins Toyota Star Maker 2005
Eighteen-year-old Samantha McClymont from Grafton, NSW, has taken out the 2005 Toyota Star Maker Quest in Tamworth, Australia’s Country Music Capital.

Samantha won the crown from nine competing grand finalists selected during the day from the top 20 finalists invited to Tamworth to vie for the title yesterday (Monday, January 17).

A sell-out audience in the Toyota Country Theatre at Tamworth’s Regional Entertainment Centre witnessed the grand final where, in addition to Samantha, James Anderssen, Mellissa Baker, Danielle Blakey, Darren Colston, Kristy Cox, Kylee Ellis, Brenda Hall, Jason-Lee and Amber Lawrence performed for their chance to win Australia’s most prestigious country music talent search.

Accepting her prize, Samantha, who turns 19 on Saturday, said she was very thankful for the opportunity.

Samantha has an impressive record of achievement to date including winning the Toyota National Country Music Muster Talent Search at Gympie when she was just 13 years of age, the youngest ever to do so.

Some of her other notable accomplishments... performing as a soloist in the national TV campaign Teach The Children Well... recording as a featured artist on the Qantas Spirit of Australia CD... and working with Jimmy Little on his album Down The Road.

Samantha wins a prize package providing a substantial career boost including a big budget recording session at Ramrod Studios, production and distribution of a CD through the ABC Music label of the two tracks recorded; a video clip of one of the songs; media promotion throughout the year; guaranteed performance bookings and the use of a Toyota car and fuel card for 12 months.

In addition to the talent search itself, another major milestone was acknowledged last night, the 10th year of Star Maker sponsorship by Toyota.

To mark the occasion, Rural Press Events General Manager and Star Maker Executive Producer Barry Harley made a special presentation to Chris Williams representing Toyota.

Outgoing Toyota Star Maker title holder Travis Collins performed admirably during the night to round out the evening’s entertainment.
Road To Tamworth Winner
Aleyce Simmonds  Click here for info on "Road to Tamworth"
Jim Beam Jazzer Quest Winner
Special moments occurred daily at the re-launched Jim Beam Jazzer (talent) Quest at The Pub at the 2005 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Once people found the quest, relocated from the central business district to The Pub on Gunnedah Rd, heats filled quickly, and audiences were thoroughly entertained.

Quest co-ordinator since 1995 - Greg Williams, said standout performances were many during each of the seven daily heats, resulting in a high quality talent showcase for the grand final – and a highly entertaining wild card heat on Grand Final eve.

“The wild card section on the Thursday was a successful innovation and very well received by the audience and contestants,” Greg Williams said. “It allowed for some of those contestants you couldn’t possibly leave out, to get another shot at the Grand Final and the big prize pool. That Thursday’s wild card heat was almost on par with the Grand Final. As it was, four went through from the wild card heat. I don’t know if we’ll have the luxury of doing that every year though, due to heavy demand from contestants for heat places.”
Click here Kirsty Lee Akers Artist page
One junior competitor in particular, 16 year-old Kirsty Lee Akers, from near Kurri Kurri, NSW was thrilled to get the offer from Greg Williams, inviting her to take part in the Thursday wild card heat, as she was named Junior Winner after Friday’s Grand Final. Already a Tamworth Camerata 2004 graduate, as a result of this win, she has now won Axiom Entertainment Agency’s scholarship to Camerata 2005. One of the richest talent quests on the circuit, the 2005 Jim Beam Jazzer Quest awarded $800 to the junior winner, along with the Axiom Camerata scholarship and an Ashton acoustic-electric guitar, arranged by Cheapa Music, Tamworth.

In second place in the Junior section was Daisy May Wegner, from Mackay, Qld., while Jacko from Mullumbimby, NSW in third place, won everyone’s hearts, firstly with his acceptance speech, and then for his honesty, returning his prize envelope which inadvertently had the open third place getter’s prize money – double the junior’s amount. “I’ve never won $300 before,” announced tiny Jacko, hidden under a hat almost larger than himself – the first of the six prize winners introduced to the stage. “I’ve never played in a pub before, and I’ve never played with another band before, that wasn’t my own band – back in Mullumbimby.”
Returning to the stage to report his “overpayment” to officials, Jacko certainly won everyone’s hearts for his honesty as well as his good humour and natural appeal. Second and third Junior place getters received $500 and $300.
Cameron Clayton
The Open section winner, Cameron Clayton, from New Zealand, is no stranger to Tamworth, having competed successfully in previous years quests during January and July in the Australian Country Music Capital. Now the senior Gore (NZ) Gold Guitar winner, Cameron is a graduate of the inaugural Tamworth Camerata 2002 – the annual youth Country Music school staged midyear, preceding the Hats Off to Country Festival.

His winner’s package included $1000 cash from Jim Beam, a recording package eat Lindsay Butler Studios, Tamworth, co-sponsored by Jim Beam, with the track commercially released to Australian radio on the LBS Country Collection CD. Cameron’s excess baggage bill was boosted thanks to his final winner’s gift – a fabulous Ashton acoustic-electric guitar, arranged by Cheapa Music, Tamworth..

For Tamworth’s Ben Hazell, the open section became a real quinella when he was named runner-up and then returned to the stage to collect third prize with his duo partner, fellow NSW Talent Development Project graduate Jessica Smith, of Sydney – a first time competitor in Tamworth. Second and third Open section place getters received $800 and $600.

All contestants had the option of utilising the Jim Beam Jazzer Quest band throughout the quest, composed of wonderful musicians Les Scott on guitar, Brett Tomlin on bass, and sharing drumming duties, Terry Phillpot and Doug Gallacher.

Entry fees collected from contestants amounting to $500+ has been donated to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne, where the quest’s namesake was treated for many years for non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
This donation tradition has continued for many years of this talent quest.
 Female Vocalist Of The Year
 At both the
 2005 TIARA Awards
 2005 ACMLA’S People’s Choice Awards
has been named
2005 TIARA Awards
Male Vocalist Of The Year

(announced during the Tamworth Country Music Festival)
[Royden Donohue & Felicity Urquhart
with TIARA Awards]
His single ‘We’re Gone’ currently
#16 on the Country Tracks Top 30
Have a listen and see why this young man is a star of the future

Newcomer Royden Donohue has debuted at on the Top 30 Country Chart this week
& scored the following FINALIST nominations for his brand new single
'We're Gone' (produced by Rod McCormack)

2005 TIARA Awards for – Male Vocal
2005 Victorian & National CM Awards – Male Vocal / Hawking Brothers Best New Talent /
Smoky Dawson Best Independent Release
Top 10 Finalist in the 2005 CMAA Golden Guitar Awards - New Talent Of The Year

Receiving 3 nominations in the upcoming Victorian & National CM Awards has made this year a remarkable one for Royden - with only more to come in 2005

Check out where you can catch Royden live by clicking onto:
For further information or interviews contact:
Rebecca Urquhart McCarthy
RUM Entertainment
Ph/fax 02 4285 1461 (m) 0439 730 460
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More Info coming Soon
At its Board meeting held on Wednesday 19 January in Tamworth, the Board of the Country Music Association of Australia decided that the date of the 2006 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, sponsored by Toyota, will be held on the 28th January 2006 to coincide with the last weekend of the 2006 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
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