Preparations well underway

Preparations for the 33rd Bungendore Country Music Muster, being held at the Bungendore Showground on the 3rd and 4th of February 2018, are well underway.

The Bungendore Showground opens at 12pm on Monday 29th for campers and caravans with a full week of walk ups for campers and invited artists leading up to the festival.

The Muster kicks off on Saturday the 3rd of February when the village of Bungendore hosts the Muster busking competition followed at 1pm by the all Australian country music festival at the showground. The Stan Coster Australian Bush Ballad Awards commence at 8.00pm Saturday night with performances from the finalists of the 2018 awards. The festival wraps up on Sunday 4th with a gala showcase of award winners from 10.00am – 6.00pm.

The finalists of the 21st Stan Coster Memorial Australian Bush Ballad Awards have now been announced and once again these awards attracted nominations from the very best “Australian country artists”.  Finalists will be performing their winning songs on the Saturday night concert and the show will be a true celebration of the Australian bush balladeer and the music of Australia.

The guest list for artists who will be also be performing at the Muster includes 2 great Country Music Bands, The Bungendore Infigen Muster Band led by Waddo and the ever popular Peter Coad and the Coad Sister’s Band. Brian Leeton, Owen Blundell, Terry Gordon, and Ernie Constance, Justin Standley, Keith Jamieson, Reg Poole, Charmaine Pout, and Di Lindsay and Peter Simpson regular Balladeers at Bungendore, will be popular as usual with their great Australian Country Bush Ballads. Rodney Vincent and The Sheik from Scrubby Creek, Chad Morgan, will provide a variation to the entertainment.

Bungendore is located just outside of the nation’s capital in a beautiful valley in the Southern Tablelands near Lake George.  While enjoying camping in the country surrounds of Bungendore, festival-goers can also enjoy everything that the region has to offer including award winning wineries and restaurants and the must see Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

Visitors can also enjoy the southern Harvest Farmers Markets which will be open on Saturday morning in Bungendore, selling regional food including fresh meat and vegetables, honey, eggs and lots more… A Family Hoedown is also planned to follow the markets on Saturday afternoon and promises lots of fun for Bungendore locals and visiting families to celebrate the Muster weekend.

Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards

Finalists for 2018

  1. Male Vocal:

Graham Rodger – Our Love Will Always Live
Brian Letton – The Boyup Brook Waltz
Tom Maxwell – Behind the Boundary Gate

  1. Female Vocal:

Sharon Heaslip – A Thousand Different Pictures
Trudy Hintz – Saddle Up and Ride
Dianne Lindsay – Uncle Harry

  1. New Talent:

Jim Samphier – Greendog
Kate Daniel – Trading My Crown For a Ring
Bob Gregory – The Ghost of Bold Ben Hall

  1. Instrumental or Vocal Group or Duo:

Peter Simpson/Alisha Smith – The Bushman’s Song
Terry Bennetts – Turquoise Bay
Lindsay Butler/Anthony Baxter – Things are not the Same on the Land

  1. Album of the Year:

Sharon Heaslip – A Thousand Different Pictures
Graham Rodger – The Plains of Nappa Marrie
Brian Letton – Western Australia Calling me Home

  1. Songwriter:

Dale Duncan / Keith Jamieson/ Ray Essery – The Clarence River
Graham Rodger – No More Waltzing Matilda
Brian Letton/Edwards – The Legend of Wally Dowling

  1. Comedy Song of the Year:

Nev Malloy/ Bob Gregory – I’ve Been Married Mate
Brian Letton – She’s Gotta be Emu Export Mate
Sharon Benjamin – The Old Bush Telegraph