A fantastic lineup for our 35th Anniversary!

On the 1st weekend of February 2020 the Bungendore Country Music Muster is celebrating its 35th Anniversary with a great weekend of All Australian Country Music planned. Located in the country surrounds of historic Bungendore, the Showground is a great setting for the festival. The showground opens at 1pm on Monday 27th of January for campers with plenty of power and amenities and lots to see and do around the region. There is also a lot planned at the showground for pre-muster week including the walk-ups, poet’s breakfasts, Wednesday night’s sausage sizzle, bingo and more.

As a part of the 35th anniversary celebrations the Muster is opening on Friday night with the 35th Anniversary Celebration Concert and entertainment from the ever popular Gunbarrel Highwaymen, Owen Blundell, Terry Gordon & Reg Poole. We couldn’t think of a better way to open the show than with this great trio who are absolute favourites of the Muster.

The Muster Weekend kicks off on Saturday morning with the Signflair Streets of Bungendore Busking competition with buskers competing for a place in the people’s choice and the judges awards, sharing in $1000 in prize money along with a chance to appear on the Muster stage.

At 1pm the music moves to the showground for the 23rd Annual Stan Coster Bush Ballad Awards & Finalists Concert which is one of the premier events on the Australian Bush Balladeers calendar. The finalists for 2020 have now been announced and the awards concert promises to be a great afternoon of entertainment from the finalists & guest artists.

On Saturday night Pete Denahy and the Travelling Country Band will be performing their much acclaimed show “Travellin’ Still – the Songs of Slim Dusty”. They will be sharing the stories and the songs of Slim Dusty and what an experience it will be. These guys all played with Slim and you can’t get more genuine than that.

Multi Golden Guitar Finalist Roo Arcus is also be on stage on Saturday night. Roo is set to release his fourth studio album in 2020 and will be performing his hit single from the album “Tumbleweed” and other hit songs for the Muster audience. Roo, also a part of the Slim Dusty phenomenon, both wrote for and performed with Slim and he is really excited to be joining the Muster in 2020.

On Sunday there is eight hours of continuous Australian Country Music from a fabulous line-up of artists including Peter Coad and the Coad Sisters, Owen Blundell, Reg Poole & Terry Gordon, Keith Jamieson with Alisha Smith & Caitlyn Jamieson, Ernie Constance, Di Lindsay & Peter Simpson, Brian Letton, Laura Downing, Graham Rodger & Anita Ree, Justin Standley, Col Hardy and Kate Daniel.

Lindsay Waddington and the Muster Band will be backing artists over the weekend and guest compere Gary Fogarty will be on stage adding his special brand of humour and helping us to celebrate the wonderful milestone of 35 years.

Just 40km outside of Canberra, the historic town of Bungendore and its surrounds offers a lot to see and do including the must-see Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and the iconic Village Antique Store, and much more. Bungendore has some fabulous restaurants and local hotels and clubs for those who want to dine out but not drive far. There is also a thriving local wine scene with award winning wines and restaurants including ”Contentious Character” where you can enjoy wine tastings and great food & hospitality in an amazing setting.

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Looking forward to seeing you there!

2020 Stan Coster Bush Balladeer Awards Finalists

(in no particular order)
Male Vocal
Tom Maxwell –“Old Stockmen”
Graham Rodger “Knights Of The Saddle”
Brian Letton “When We First Fell In Love”
Female Vocal
Anita Ree “Sweet Sugar Cane”
Dianne Lindsay “The Bridge”
Laura Downing “Home is Waiting Here
New Talent
Peter Dawson “Stanley and Slim”
Matt Letton “The Tenterfield Saddler”
Shelly Minson “Home for Me”
Instrumental
Terry Bennetts and Ginger Cox “Medley”
Lindsay Waddington “Dingo”
Anthony Baxter “Huntah’s Melody”
Duo or Group
Coad Sisters “The Journey”
Laura Downing & Trevor Tolton “Back to those Rolling Plains”
Dianne Lindsay & Peter Simpson “Out There”
Album *
Bob Gregory “Very Few Like Joe”
Laura Downing “The Guardian”
Songwriter
Graham Rodger “Knights Of The Saddle”
Anita Ree “Sweet Sugar Cane”
Peter Dawson “Stanley and Slim”
Comedy *
Bob Gregory “Things are Bloody Crook”
Sharon Benjamin “Forget about the Car”
Anita Ree “Wombelano Kelpies”