Cheryl Lethlean
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As a teenager, I often sang at social functions, where my brother's band "The Castle men", were performing. I grew up in Castlemaine, surrounded by bushland in an area rich in gold mining, and early pioneering history. I lived there until I married Richard.

We had two daughters, who kept us both fully occupied, until they were grown. In 1989 we went on a 5 day bus trip to the Tamworth festival, the next year we went back again.

I had always liked to sing, and after being inspired at Tamworth, decided to buy a guitar, and spent many happy hours teaching myself to play it. I had often written poetry, but then discovered that I could write songs as well. I have produced a hook of my poems called "POTPOURRI"

I am inspired, and encouraged by good friends, like well known country artists. Olive Bice, Anne Conway, Lois Hall, & Steve Virtue, Desree Illona Crawford and Dinah Rae have recorded my material.

We became involved, making lots of new friends, at local music clubs, gaining confidence to per form in public. Country music clubs I often perform at include:-
Bendigo. Ballarat, Maryborough, Cohuna. Shepparton, Mooroopna, Benalla, Tongala, Echuca and Kyabram. We have been most involved with first, Bendigo, then Kyabram club, being active committee members.

My first cassette, "Destiny", was recorded at "Birubi" studio, in Tongala. It was very well received, and given substantial air play, leading to an invitation to be a featured artist on the "Birubi" road shows, at Tamworth &Mildura festivals. I feature on the 'Birubi' compilation albums. (# 3 & if 5).

Following this, I have since been featured at Tamworth, on :-
Laurie Muggleton 's shopping world shows,
Anne Conway's Grace Bros. shows.
Desree Illona Crawford's Oxiey Bowling club shows, (& Lake Cooroibah Country Music Jamhouree), Craig Byrne's Central Plaza shows. and numerous other venues.

I regularly appear at Mildura festival, and at South Australia's River/and festival, winning busker's award in 1997, 1998, 2000.
I have also performed at Colac & Hopetoun festivals.

I have been a finalist at the Bendigo country talent club song writing contests on several occasions.
"I won't be chasing rainbows anymore" 1992
"Traded for fame" 1994
"Just for tonight" 1995
I achieved third place in T.S.A.'s Vic. div. song writing competition. 1994, going on to be a finalist in the Tamworth national competition with "Wild bush kids".
I was among the lop five finalists, at the Victorian music awards at Kyneton, on two occasions.
"Poor old Shiny Cole" 1996
"I'm like a winter tree" 1998.
I won 2nd place in Comedy Novelty section.-T.S.A.'s Vic. Div. Song writing competition. 1999, with "Nobody Meaner"

My recorded product Includes:
"Destiny'' -6 original songs & 6 cavers
"Sharing my dreams" -18 original songs.
"Songs We 'll Remember " -5 original songs & 15 covers
"Pot Pourri" 18 covers & an original monologue
"About Us "(All Australian) -7 original songs and 10 Australian covers
These have been given significant airplay, and been very well received I just lave singing, mid meeting up with our many friends at various festivals around the country!

My Husband Richard shares & supports my interest in music. He understands sound and equipment. His support is invaluable!

Our family also share our interests, and I am again singing with my brother Graham (Butterworth), and his wife Kay, who have recently moved back to Victoria, after living in the North for many years.

Recent times have seen us performing as "Campaspe Country".

I am available for functions, or festivals. Phone (03) 5484 1320.

Cheryl at Barmera and Cobdogla 2005
Pictures by I Fisk