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"Just Someone I Used To Know" was recorded by Floreena Forbes this year, 2014 in memory of her husband Wal Forbes who passed away in 1984.
Floreena & Wal Forbes formed their band "Floreena Forbes & The Tumbleweed in 1977. In this video, I have included Floreena's stepson Wayne Forbes whose life was lost  in a motorbike accident along with his 7 year old son. Wayne was their drummer in the earlier years.
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DOC WATSON
 

DOC WATSON

Doc Watson was born Arthel Lane Watson on March 3rd 1923 - Deep Gap, North Carolina, USA.  He was the sixth born of

nine to Dixon and Annie Watson.

He was born with an eye infection, causing young Watson to lose his vision.  He was taught by his parents to work hard

and care for himself.   He was enrolled at North Carolina's school for the Visually Impaired 'The Governor Morehead School. He

dropped out of school in the 7th grade to help his father, who had helped him get past his disability of blindness.  

His early musical experiences were at the Baptist Church, where his father led the singing.  His mother Annie, sang the old time

ballads whilst doing domestic chores and would sing her children to sleep.  Watson was 5 years old when he received his first

harmonica as a Christmas present.  At age of 11, his father made him a fretless banjo, with the head made from the skin from

the family cat that had just died. 

After dropping out of 7th grade, he went working with his father, he helped him to get past his disability of blindness. He would

would jump on the other end of a crosscut saw, and other challenging chores on the land.   It was by this time young Watson had

moved beyond playing the banjo.  His father would hear him pluck chords on a borrowed guitar, and had promised his son, that

he would buy a guitar for him, if at the end of the day he could teach himself one song.    It was with determination, he learnt by

ear a Carter family's song 'When The Roses Bloom In Dixiland', and a week later he was the proud owner of a $12 Stella Guitar.  

He initially a thumb-picking style, in which the thumb establishes a base line on the lower strings, while the rest of his fingers pick

out the melody, though this would soon change.   He began listening to Jimmie Rodgers recordings, learnt all the licks, which helped

him play the Carter family songs much better.  He proved to be a natural musical talent and within months he would perform on

street corners playing song from the Delmore and Munro Brothers, alongside his brother Linny.  By the time he reach adulthood, young

Watson became a proficient acoustic and electric guitar player. 

While doing a live radio interview - the disc-jockey commented about his birth name 'Arthel', which needed to be changed to an

easier nickname.  Someone in the audience yelled out 'call him Doc'.  Maybe it was a reference to Doc Watson, Sherlock Holme's

side-kick, however the nickname stuck ever since.    

In 1953, Doc Watson  joined the Johnson City, Tennessee based Jack Williams country and western swing band.  The band's fiddle player

had often been booked to play at square-dances, this left the band many times without a fiddle player.  Watson following the

examples of country guitarists Grady Martin and Hank Garland, had taught himself to play fiddle tunes on his Les Paul electric

guitar.  He later transferred the technique to acoustic guitar, and playing fiddle tunes on guitar became his signature sound.

In 1960, as the American Folk revival grew, he took the advice of folk musicologist Ralph Rinzler, and began playing banjo and

guitar exclusively.  This move ignited Watson's career when he played on hid his first recording 'Old Time Music'.   He recorded his

first solo album in 1964 and performing with his son Merle.   After the decline of the Folk revival, Watson's career was sustained by

his performance of the Jimmy Driftwood song 'Tennessee Stud' on the 1972 recording 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken'.

After the death of his son, Merle who was killed in tractor accident on the family farm in 1985, Doc stopped performing for a short

time.  When he did return to the stage, his grandson would accompany him who was also musical minded.   

Doc Watson has won Grammy Awards for the following albums - Ridding The Midnight Train (1987), On Praying Ground (1991 and

Legacy (2003).  In 1997, President Bill Clinton presented Doc Watson with a National Medal of Arts at the White House  “There may not

be a serious, committed baby boomer alive who didn’t at some point in his or her youth try to spend a few minutes at least trying to learn

to pick a guitar like Doc Watson,” Mr. Clinton said.

Doc Watson continued with occasional performing and recording into the 21st century.  He died in May 2012, following surgery at a hospital in

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at 89 years of age.

 
THE COX FAMILY

THE COX FAMILY

The Cox family were from Cotton Valley, Los Angeles, USA.  The family consist of Evelyn (1959), Lynn (1960), Sidney (1965) and

Suzanne (1967).

Their father Willard who was born in 1937, worked in the oil of Cotton Valley, Louisiana - and in his spare time he would play the

fiddle and sang with his brothers.  When his own children were older enough, they would soon perform alongside their father at

family gatherings and while they sand Country and Bluegrass - they made their reputation singing Gospel songs.  They were heavily

into their faith, and Willard had believed that all things come from above, and all that we have is just given to us on loan'.

The Cox Family began performing locally in 1972 at county fairs and church socials throughout Texas, Mississippi and Arkansas.  What

started out as playing music for fun - someone made the mistake of paying them.  It was from this very moment they started performing

wherever they could get bookings.   Evelyn (guitar and vocal), Sidney (banjo, guitar, dobro, vocals), Suzanne (mandolin, vocals) and their

father Willard (fiddle and vocals) there was also a Denis Sunderman on bass - the group was set.

While at a festival in Texas during the latter part of the 1980's, the group ran into Alison Krauss - who enjoyed their music, and became

friends.   Krauss gave one of the Cox Family's home recordings to 'Rounder Records' the produced the groups first album on Rounder titled

'Everybody's Reaching Out For Someone' in 1993.   The Cox Family expanded their audience base when they opened for the Counting Crows

on the bands 1994 North American tour.

Also in 1994, the Cox Family recorded the Grammy Award winning  'I Know Who Holds Tomorrow' with Krauss.  The following year (1995), they

released 'Beyond the City' which was followed up with a major label debut, 'Just When We're Thinking It's Over'.    In 1996, the group won a

Big Easy Entertainment Award for best Country/Folk artist, the award heightened the group's profile which led to their involvement in the

Ethan and Joe Coen film 'O' Brother, Where Art Thou?'

In the mid-1990s the group cut back their performances when Marie Cox was diagnosed with breast cancer.  A near fatal accident struck in 2000', 

Willard and Marie were injured in a horrific accident that threatened the group’s future.   Their car had been pulled to the side of the road when a

logging truck hit them from behind, trapping the couple in the car.   

Marie suffered a broken vertebra, arm, and rib, along with a concussion and a bruised kidney, her father Willard’s spine was crushed, leaving him unable

to use his legs.  Although a number of performances had been scheduled prior to the accident, all were put on hold following the accident. The group's motto

was  “The Cox Family is The Cox Family as a group, that’s the way we started, and that’s the way we perform"

Overcoming incredible odds, the Cox Family returned to performing the following year.  Their latest offering for fans - album titled 'Gone Like The Cotton'

which will be released in October 2015.  It contains 12 great tracks including:- Lost Without Your Love, In My Eyes, Let It Roll, Too Far Gone and I'll Get Over You'.

The Cox Family continue to please their fans wherever they tour, and were a special guest on the Grand Ole Opry earlier this year.  They have released at

least 7 albums  and 2 music videos titled - Walk Over God's Heaven (1994) and Runaway (1996) 


 
BILL MONROE

BILL MONROE

He was born William Smith Monroe, on  September 13th 1911, Kentucky USA.   He was the youngest eight (8) children  growing

up on the family farm, where the family grew up playing music.   His older brothers already played the fiddle and guitar, so young

William (Bill), was left to play the less desirable mandolin.  In later years, Bill recalled that his brothers insisted he should remove

four of the mandolin's eight strings so that he wouldn't play too loudly.     

Bill's mother passed away when he was 10, and his father six years later.  His brothers and sisters had moved away, after being

passed around among uncles and aunties.  Young Bill stayed with his mother's brother who was also a musician.  He accompanied

hi uncle at local dances.   This valuable experience inspired one of his famous compositions 'Uncle Pen' recorded in 1950.  

In 1929 Bill Monroe moved to Indiana where he gained work on an oil refinery, with two of his brothers Birch and Charlie, and childhood

 friend and guitarist William Hardin.    Together, with another friend Larry Moore, they formed the 'Monroe Brothers' and played local dances

and house parties.   His brother Birch and Larry Moore would soon leave the group, and Bill and his brother Charlie went out as a duet.   The

two would appear on 'live' radio shows in Indiana, Nebraska, South and North Carolina between 1934 and 1936.

The Monroe Brothers were signed to RCA Victor in 1936 and immediately score a hit gospel single 'What Would You Give In Exchange For

Your Soul?' and recorded somewhat of 60 tracks for Victor's Bluebird label between 1936 and 1938.    It was towards the end of 1938, the

Monroe Brothers disbanded, when Bill Monroe went out as 'The Kentuckians' in Little Rock, Arkansas, although the group only lasted

three months. 

Bill cut ties with the area and moved on to Atlanta Georgia - to form the first edition of the Blue Grass Boys with singer/ guitarist Cleo Davis,

fiddler Art Wooten, and bassist Amos Garren.   Bill wanted his old mate William Hardin (also known as 'Old Hickory') to be part of the original

members of his 'Blue Grass Boys' - however he declined.    In October 1939, Bill successfully auditioned for a regular spot on the Grand Ole Opry,

impressing founder George D. Hay, with his performance of Jimmie Rodger's 'Mule Skinner Blues'.    Munroe recorded the song and several

others at his first solo recording session for RCA/Victor in 1940.     It was around this time, the Blue Grass Boys had a number of changes.  While

the fast tempos and instrumentals show the Blue Grass Music - from them early recordings, Munroe was still experimenting with the sound

of his group.  Bill seldom sang lead on the Victor recordings, often preferring to contribute high tenor harmonies as he had done in the Monroe Brothers.

In a 1945 recording session for Columbia Records - an accordion was featured, and was soon dropped from the band.  Most importantly while Bill

added a banjo player 'David 'Stringbean' Akeman to the Blue Grass Boys in 1942, Akeman played the banjo in a relatively primitive style and was

rarely featured in instrumental solos.     His pre-1946 recordings present a transitional style between string-band tradition from which he came

and the music innovation to follow.    A key development occurred in Munroe's music with the addition of North Carolina banjo player 'Earl Scruggs'

to the Blue Grass Boys in 1945.  Scruggs played the instrument with a distinctive three-finger picking style. 

Songs recorded by Blue Grass Boys for Columbia Records in 1946 and 1947 soon became classics of the genre, including "Toy Heart", "Blue Grass Breakdown",

Molly and Tenbrooks, Wicked Path of Sin, My Rose of Kentucky, Little Cabin On The Hill, and Monroe's most famous song 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'.   'Blue Moon'

was also recorded by Elvis in 1954 appearing as 'B-side' for his first single for Sun Records.   Bill Munro gave his blessings to Presley's rock and roll version

of the song, originally a slow ballad in waltz time.    It was after Elvis's up-tempo arrangement of the song became a hit,  Bill Monroe re-recorded the song

himself of Presley's faster version.  

In January 1953, Monroe was critically injured in a car wreck.   Bill and Blue Grass Boys bass player were returning home from a fox hunt north of

Nashville.   There care had been struck by a drunken driver, end result was Bill Munro suffered injuries to his back, left arm, nose and was rushed to

General Hospital, Nashville.  It took almost 4 months to recover and resume touring.   While he was out of action, the group was kept together by the

other members.    Towards the late 1950's and the rise of Rock'n'Roll, and the development of 'Nashville Sound' in mainstream Country Music, both

represented threats to the viability to Blue Grass - Monroe's commercial fortunes began to slip. 

While still a mainstay on the Grand Ole Opry, Monroe found diminishing success on the singles charts, and struggled to keep his band together in the

face of declining demand for live performances.     However his fortunes began to improve during the 'Folk revival' of the early 1960's , where many

college students and other younger people were only just discovering Bill Munroe's music.    Even after  the Folk revival faded in mid-1960's, it left behind

a loyal audience for Blue Grass Music.     Blue Grass Festivals became common, with fans traveling long distances to see a number of different acts. 

Bill Monroe's final performance came on March 15th 1996.   He suffered a stroke and died on September 9th 1996, in Springfield Tennessee, four days

before his 85 birthday. 

 
 
 
CLAIRE LYNCH
 

CLAIRE LYNCH

Claire grew up in Kingston, New York - until the age of 12, when the family moved to Huntsville, Alabama. 

It was here she fell in love with Country Music, and got caught up in the Bluegrass revival of the 1970's, joining a band

called 'Hickory Wind'.    They later changed the name to the 'Front Porch String Band' with Claire's vocals as it's centrepiece.

It was in 1981, after their first national released recording,  the group disbanded, and Claire pursued duel careers in addition

to raising a family.     As a songwriter, her tunes have been recorded by such artists as Patty Loveless, The Seldom Scene, Cherryholmes,

Kathy Mattea, The Whites and Stephanie Davis. At the same time, she became a much sought-after session vocalist.

In 1991, the Front Porch String Band was resurrected with the album 'Lines and Traces', a move that ultimately led to the launching of

Claire’s solo career in earnest.   The album 'Friends for a Lifetime' was released in 1993  which was followed by Moonlighter in 1995

(Claire’s first GRAMMY nomination) and Silver and Gold in 1997 (also nominated for GRAMMY glory).

Claire was named the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 1997 and enjoyed many chart successes. The band wrapped up the 20th century

with the album 'Love Light' in 2000.   At that time Claire took what she thought would be a full-fledged break from music, stepping away

from the grind of daily touring.   She wasn't sure when–or if–she would return.   Although little by little, the lure of music worked its way back.

She sang harmony on The Grass is Blue and Little Sparrow which led to promotional touring as backup vocalist for Dolly Parton.   She graced albums

by other artists with her background vocals including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Alison Brown, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and

Ralph Stanley.

Today, the impressive list of other guest appearances continues including spots on albums by Donna the Buffalo, Sara Watkins, the Gibson Brothers,

Jonathan Edwards and Jesse Winchester.    In 2005, Lynch struck out on her own, forming the Claire Lynch Band and releasing the aptly named  New Day CD.

It was a hit on the bluegrass charts and earned her IBMA nominations for “Song of the Year” and “Female Vocalist of the Year.” In 2007, Rounder Records

featured a brilliant catalog of music from her previous five albums on their label and titled the anthology collection, Crowd Favorites. More IBMA nominations followed as well as an induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Next was 'Whatcha Gonna Do' in 2009.  It was called “a stripped-down production with sumptuous acoustic atmospheres” showcasing…the instrumental

brilliance of her four-piece band.“ After a busy touring schedule in 2010, she received three IBMA nominations including “Song of the Year” and “Recorded

Event of the Year,” winning the 2010 trophy for Female Vocalist of the Year.

  

In January 2013, after a long, successful stint with Rounder Records, Claire signed a recording deal with esteemed Nashville roots label Compass Records, called by Billboard Magazine, “...one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade.”  With their co-founder Garry West producing, she released the ninth

solo recording of her career titled Dear Sister.   By Summer, the album had reached the #1 position on the Roots Music Reports Top 50 Bluegrass Chart

seven times and was nominated for “Album of the Year” at the 2013 IBMA Awards.

   

The band's newest release (Sept. 2014) was a seasonal project titled 'Holiday' on Claire's own label ''Thrill Hill Records''.   It was recorded during the interim of

her last and next Compass recordings and includes seasonal favorites, a couple originals and even a rendition of ''In the Window''. 

 
JEANNIE KENDALL

JEANNIE KENDALL

Jeanie was born on November 13th 1954, Louis Missouri, USA.

As a young child, Jeanie’s vocal ability had been constantly noticed by teachers at the school she attended.  Her

father would encourage his daughter to develop her voice and he would often sing the harmony part, behind his

daughter’s crystal clear pitch perfect voice.  They created a unique duo ‘father and daughter’, and also a distinctive sound.

It was at the age of 16 and after due consideration, Jeanie found herself at her father’s side pursuing a musical career. 

They were introduced to Nashville’s producer Pete Drake, whom on listening to her voice immediately asked the 16 year old

to sing harmony on a Pop project that he was recording with Ringo Star formally of the Beatles.  Ringo Star referred to Jeannie

as a young Kitty Wells the moment he heard her sing.  It became a challenge for her, as she never sang harmony, that was

what her father did.  Needless to say she stepped into the history pages, singing harmony on ‘I Wouldn’t Have You Any

Other Way’ released in 1970.

The Father and Daughter duo recorded their first album for 'Stop Records' in 1971 'Meet The Kendalls' - a single from the album

a John Denver cover 'Leaving On A Jet Plane' was released prior to the album. The was a big hit for Peter Paul & Mary, and the

Kendalls narrowly missed the Top 50 Chat with their version.    

Jeanie and her Father went on to record for DOT Records in 1972 their first release for the new label was 'Two Divided By Love',

although the it was not a happy union.  Due pressure on Jeanie to ditch her Father and record solo they parted company with the      

label.   The decision to stay together was the right one.  In 1977 ‘The Kendall’s signed a contract with Ovation Records

and recorded a string of hits including a Grammy in 1978 for ‘Heaven’s Just A Sin Away’, ‘Makin’ Believe’, It Don’t Feel

Like Sinnin’ To Me’ and ‘Sweet Desire’.  Her vocal style said to have been pure and accurate that the songs were recorded

without overdubs, and perfect on the first take.

The Kendalls (Father and Daughter duet), continued their act up until the late 1990’s on stage and record.  Their last country hit,

was the song 'Thank God For The Radio' , which became their last single to reach the Top 10 charts.  In 1998 while recording

an acoustic project for Rounder Records, her father Royce, had suddenly died age 63.  Jeanie had to fulfil her obligation and

finished the project alone.  

Jennie then took time out, away from public eye.  A few months past when her manager encouraged her back into music and the studio.

She got together a few of her friends in the music industry - Allan Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Moore, Ricky Skaggs, and a couple

others to help her complete her first solo album, which was self titled.  After two years doing solo shows and at first finding it hard

with out her father, her second solo album was titled 'All The Girls, I Am'  was released in 2005.  It was a perfect mix of

Country-roots from an entertainer who now stands alone.   

In 2015, Jeannie still touring solo and also as package show with Carl Acuff jnr. and the Ozark Mountain Hoedown Band.   




 
EARL SCRUGGS

EARL SCRUGGS

Earl was born on January 6th 1924, Cleveland Co. North Carolina USA.  His father ‘George’ , a farmer

and book-keeper who played banjo died when Earl was four years old.   Earl’s older brothers and sister

all played banjo and guitar and their mother played the organ.

Earl began playing the banjo at the age of 4, using a two finger style picking. On the farm, if he wasn’t

doing his daily chores, he spent his spare time playing the banjo.  The family had no radio until Scruggs

was in his teens, so what he learnt was self-taught.   He was 10 years old, he developed a style utilizing

three fingers, that was to become known world-wide as ‘Scruggs Style Picking’.

He played his father’s and brother’s banjos until he was able to purchase his own, which he did via the

Montgomery-Ward mail order which cost him $10.95.   He would later purchase a Gibson RB-11 that he

owned when he began playing professionally.

In 1945 Earl joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys and quickly popularized his three-finger picking style. 

It was in 1948, Earl left the group with fellow musician Lester Flatt and formed the Foggy Mountain Boys,

later known as ‘Scruggs & Flatt’.  The two came member of the Grand Ole Oprey in 1950’s.

In September 1962, singer Jerry Scoggins, and along with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs recorded ‘The Ballad

of Jed Clampett’ for the what became the popular TV show ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ which was released in

October 12, 1962.  The theme song immediately became a Country Music hit.   Both Flatt and Scruggs appeared

in several episodes playing the role of family members of the Clampetts.    It was in the first episode they appeared

as themselves and performed the theme song and ‘Pearl, Pearl, Pearl’.

In December 1966, Earl entered the studios and recorded his first album with Lester Flatt (guitar) and

Doc Watson (guitar) – titled ‘Strictly Instrumental’, it was released early 1967.  Titles of the album include:

Pick Along, Nothin’ To It, Liberty, Tammy’s Song, Spanish Two Step and Careless Love.   Also in 1967,

Earl released the ‘5 Sting Banjo Instruction Album’.

His second and final album with Lester Flatt came in 1968 ‘The Story of Bonnie and Clyde’.   After the parting

ways,  Earl in November 1969, played his Grammy-winning ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’ on an open air stage in

Washington DC, at the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, which he became one of the very few bluegrass/country

artist to give support to the anti-war movement. 

At an 80th Birthday party for Scruggs (2004), Country singer Porter Wagoner said “Earl is to the five-string

banjo what Babe Ruth was to basketball.  Earl died on March 28th 2012 in a Nashville Hospital – age 88.

GEOFF MORRIS
 
Commemoration Show to Honour the Memory of Mr Geoff Morris.
 
Mike Rule, long time friend of Geoff, and DJ Trainer of World Wide Bluegrass, is Honouring the Memory of Geoff, by replaying Geoff's final show, that went to air on WWB just a few weeks before Geoff's passing.
 
This will go to air on www.worldwidebluegrass.com 
on Thursday 6th March at 8:00 PM US Eastern Time,
which is Friday 7th March at 12 noon Daylight Saving Time in Australia.
 
We are keeping it BLUE Geoff and we send our love

 
                                                                                      Beryl Rokesky

Click here for more information about our Bluegrass scholarship!

Hamish & Lachie want to give their fans a glimpse of the recording process while they record their new album in 2013. CLICK HERE
to here a rough demo of a song called 'Hit the Town' which will be included on the album. It was recorded at Doug Bruce's studio in Heathcote Victoria on 31 July 2013. The track features musicians Lachlan Davidson, Hamish Davidson, Louis Gill & Jacob McGuffie. For another sample CLICK HERE.
Merilyn Steele

Media Release 14 November  2013

Merilyn Steele

Millionaire second single to radio

Finalist Canberra Blues & Roots Festival Nov 17

::  CRS 169 Track 9


Distributed to radio on CRS this week, the second single to emerge from Sydney’s Merilyn Steele has already scored a notch as a finalist in the upcoming Canberra Blues and Roots Festival mid month in the nation’s capital. 

‘Millionaire’ from the Bring It Back album released in May ‘is pure fun, life and luxury as a multi-millionaire!’ Merilyn says.  

‘something you can only dream about’ the singer-songwriter laughs.

Feet firmly on the ground and armed with a new album, there’s no time for dreaming with gigs in NSW and the ACT, and in Tamworth next year where she’s secured a spot on the TCMF TSA Showcase in January 2014.

You can see Merilyn live at these locations at the Canberra festival November 15-17: :

Fri 15th - 6pm True Blue Stage

Sat 16th - 12noon True Blue Stage then 12.30 signing & promo at festival shop

Sun 17th - 11.30am Sessions stage

Sun 17th – 4.30- 6.00pm Awards Presentation and Concert

www.canberracountry.com/tickets.html

Radio presenters can access ‘Millionaire’ November 2013 CRS 169 distribution;  ‘Bring It Back’ CRS 165, or look for more information on Merilyn’s website and on facebook. www.merilynsteele.com


KRISTY COX
 
Multi-award-winning Australian Bluegrass artist Kristy Cox adds two new honors to her already multi-award winning career with recent wins on Saturday night at the Australian Independent Country Music Awards. Known as The Southern Stars, the prestigious awards are held annually in Mildura, Australia and play a major role in fostering Australian music talent.  

Kristy received the 2013 Capital News Australian Independent Female Vocalist of the Year Award, for the current single “I Hate That I Still Love You’ from the album, Miles and Timezones. Kristy also received the evening’s biggest award with the coveted Australian Independent Artist of the Year Award.  

Cox has planted new roots in Nashville and recently signed with Pisgah Ridge, an imprint of Mountain Home Music of Arden, North Carolina, USA. She also inked an exclusive songwriting contract with Asheville Forest Music (SESAC).   Fans at the recent 2013 International Bluegrass Music conference got a taste of the excitement when Kristy showcased with her band at the Raleigh, North Carolina event.

Kristy Cox is currently at the Crossroads studios in Arden, North Carolina working on her forthcoming project with producer Jerry Salley. The album is set for early 2014 release on the Pisgah Ridge label in both the USA and Australia.

A Full list of the nights award recipients can be viewed at: http://www.milduracountrymusic.com.au/index.php/awards

 
KRISTILEE
 
KRISTILEE

Kristilee has been belting out tunes and entertaining audiences for some years now. From critically
acclaimed comedy shows, to solo piano bar gigs, jazz ensembles, lead roles in musical theatre
productions, original music performances and recording, this versatile musician has covered a
diverse range of genres.
Kristilee’s career has regularly seen her appearing with some of Australia’s foremost musicians.
Among them are Debra Byrne, John Foreman, Casey Bennetto (Keating), Julie O’Hara, Nina Ferro
& Kylie Auldist. A notable highlight was an appearance onstage at legendary London jazz club
Ronnie Scott’s, where she sang a few 60s tunes with the original Blues Brothers Band and Eddie
Floyd (Knock on Wood).
A prolific songwriter, Kristilee’s song, Ruby, was a finalist in the recent Darebin Songwriting
Awards, which led to her collaboration with the lads from Blue Grassy Knoll. Her ability to tell a
story and take listeners on a journey makes the songs born out of this collaboration come alive as
listeners relate to both the catchy music and the distinctively Australian tales.
The past few years have seen Kristilee travelling far and wide to unleash her unique blend of
talents upon the rest of the world. What began as a one-month contract playing solo gigs in a piano
bar in Dresden led to years of travelling, playing and sampling the gastronomic delights of Europe,
Scandinavia the UK and Morocco. N.B. Following a two-month engagement at the Casablanca
Hyatt, Morocco, Kristilee has vowed to NEVER AGAIN play ‘As Time Goes By’.
Entertaining, witty, talented, engaging and with a BIG voice, Kristilee is a unique performer who, if
she continues to add feather after feather to her cap, will most certainly need a new one soon.
KRISTILEE CAN BE CONTACTED ON 0417 103 080.
OR rubymusic@yahoo.com.au
 
 
 
 

 
 
Floreena Forbes & Olive Bice Bendigo's 2 Country Divas 2015

FLOREENA HAS JUST RELEASED A NEW ALBUM
A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
Floreena
Send Me The Pillow You Dream On
 
 
Olive Bice, Graham Rodger Floreena Forbes
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 Floreena Forbes & Vanessa Warra
 
     "Drongo Jack" Interviews with         Olive Bice & Beverley McShanagg
 
Olive Bice 2016
 
 
Releases first single
from upcoming new album

 
 
REG LINDSAY
 
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