('the Cocky from Koolywurtie')
Note from April 2012 "David Croser sings Country Gospel" .. is now available.
David Croser is a farmer/singer/songwriter, living on a small farm near Minlaton, in the district of Koolywurtie, on Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. The farm produces barley and beef cattle. He has been involved with music since the early 60's, learning to play the guitar using correspondence lessons. He was a rhythm guitarist and vocalist with local bands the ‘New Minlatones’ and ‘Gum Flat Revival’ between 1970 and 1987, winning several Country Music awards at Portland (Vic), and in the Riverland and Port Pirie (S.A.) His song ‘Fuelled up and Rolling’ was used as the title track for a cassette produced by the band.
Since August 2003, David has recorded and released 3 Country Music/ Bush Ballad CDs, (each containing 14 tracks). The debut CD, ‘Proud to be a Farmer’, featured 7 of David’s original songs, (including the title track, which was the first song he had written, in 1979).
His follow-up CD, ‘Man on the Land’, was released in December 2005, and contains 13 Australian and one American song, with 6 of David’s songs and one co-written with his wife, Helen. The title track was once again written by David.
David’s third CD, ‘The Cocky from Koolywurtie’, was released in December 2008, and all 14 tracks are Australian compositions, (including two co-written by David and Helen, and one by Helen on her own). The title track is the story of David’s life, working on the family farm, in the Koolywurtie district on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula.
All three CDs have been recorded and produced by Nev Molloy, at his recording studio’s, in Broken Hill and Forbes, NSW, and feature his wonderful Bush Ballad style guitar playing.
As a solo artist, David has won trophies at Talent Quests in Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Mount Gambier, and has had some success in Songwriting contests, with the most recent being a finalist in the 2008 ‘APRA South Australian Country Song of the Year’, for ‘The Cocky from Koolywurtie’, co-written with Helen. His song ‘Rivers of Australia’ also made the finals of the 2000 ‘APRA South Australian Country Song of the Year’, and it was eighth in the 2006 ‘Australian National Songwriting Contest’.
David has entertained at a lot of the Country Music Clubs in South Australia, as well as Forbes, NSW, and Warrnambool, Victoria. He has also performed at various venues in Tamworth, in 1994, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2007.
Tamworth also saw him reach the finals of the ‘Australian Bush Balladeers Association’s Star Quest’, in 2002, and he was the only entrant to sing four of his original songs.
Bungendore, in NSW, saw him reach the finals of the ‘New Talent’ section, of the 2004 ‘Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards’, after entering his song ‘Lucky Old Cowboy’, from his ‘Proud to be a Farmer’ CD.
David has included a track on ‘The Balladeers’ compilation CDs, on Volumes 6 to 10, (and these CDs are released annually by the ‘Australian Bush Balladeers Association’). He is a proud member of this association, and also the ‘Tamworth Songwriters Association’, plus the ‘Australian Country Music Hall Of Fame’, and of course, the ‘South Australian Council For Country Music’. He is also a member of the ‘Southern Country Music Club’, in Adelaide, and the ‘Northern Country Music Association’, in Port Pirie.
David has entertained at the ‘Royal Adelaide Show’, the ‘Yorke Peninsula Field Days’, the ‘Kapunda Farm Fair’, Minlaton Show, Maitland Show, and many fundraising events, (including every ‘Blanchetown Country Music Campout’, and three ‘Country Music for Cancer Research Concerts’, at Kapunda).
David has plans to lease his farm, and this will allow both David and Helen to attend more Country Music events around South Australia and interstate. (Helen is writing a lot of Poetry, and is in the planning stages of compiling a book of her own writings, and is featuring on a lot of the shows where David entertains). Helen is now on Facebook.
David’s three CDs are available from him, at PO Box 76 Minlaton, SA, 5575. They are also available from ‘Allington’s Outpost’, at Parafield, and ‘Outback Outpost’, at Mount Barker, as well as various outlets on Yorke Peninsula, and through ‘LBS Distribution’, in Tamworth. For further information, please check out his webpages at