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"I have worked for 40 years in the Ambulance Service. I am still working and due to shift work, I have not had a lot of opportunity to present my music live.
Last year at a time when most people are thinking of retirement I released my first CD. The album was recorded at Charlie McCracken's Refinery Studio for CBM Records. With a lot of help and patience by Charlie and music by Mike Festa, Steve Morabito, backing vocals by Fran Stoker and mastering at Disk-Edits, we are extremely pleased with the finished product.
I learnt the guitar as a child and as a teenager played in a square dance band. This is where I met my wife Helen. The song "You Captured My Heart" tells my side of the story. There are ten tracks on the CD, six originals and four covers. One Slim Dusty and one Jimmy Little. There are also two songs written by the late Mal Rice.
I have been song-writing since 2009 and was surprised and pleased when my third song "The Mailman of the Outback" won The APRA/CMSA Traditional Country of the Song of the Year 2011. I had seen the film "The Back of Beyond" at the Shell Theatre with my father when I was about ten years old and the song tells the story of the late Tom Kruse MBE.
I am a member of Country Music Assoc of Aust, Country Music SA (Inc) and Australasian Performing Right Assoc Ltd, Australian Bush Balladeers Association and the Tamworth Songwriters Association. I am also member of the Southern Country Music Club and have been the Secretary for a number of years. Over the years I have had several guest spots at our club and other venues and on occasion as a duo with Fran Stoker.
I have appeared at the last two Laura Festivals and recently was pleased to be invited to be a part of the Hank Williams Tribute Show raising funds for the Rocky Page Scholarship.
In 2014 I was invited to Tamworth by Peter Coad of the Australian Bush Balladeers Assoc. He included me on the roster of performers.In the meantime I am continuing with my song writing."