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WAL & FLOREENA FORBES 1982
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The Song
"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.
This song is on the album
"A Trip Down Memory Lane" as a Bonus track available by going to her website
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Pam Clarke

Born in Broken Hill and raised in the outback of NSW; playing the Pianola and singing to the stock agents at a very young age whilst Mum was boiling the kettle for a cuppa, was my introduction to entertaining!

I received earlier home schooling and then went to boarding school in Adelaide at the age of eight.

At age eleven, by way of the school’s singing/music teacher, I appeared on Channel Nine’s “Joanne Priest Show” and at thirteen recorded a 45 rpm vinyl at radio station 5AD.  The latter years at school often saw me in trouble for singing and playing popular songs rather than knuckling down to piano practice.

Leaving school, I taught my younger sister school by Correspondence and School of the Air and later worked as a pharmacist’s assistant in Broken Hill.

Moving further north into the remote outback after marrying, I taught my daughter and son during their Primary School years, as well as working in a male orientated environment as station hand, shedhand, transceiver radio operator, station book- keeper, butcher (we slaughtered our own meat) and chief cook and bottle washer. I became an accomplished “bush nurse”, and in the earlier days was telephonist messenger for eight neighbouring properties.

I’d always had the desire to sing but living in such a remote area, felt little hope of pursuing my interest in music.  But dreams are worth cultivating and the continuing decline in the Rural Industry impelled me to do so.  From neighbourhood gatherings developed the very first band I took part in playing rhythm guitar.  A lady taught me to yodel by means of coaching over the telephone, and the first song I ever wrote was about giving it my best shot for a talent quest; however much of the inspiration for my song-writing came out of the bush based on true events.

Meeting lead guitarist, Nev Molloy in 1990, we formed a duo and for many years played for gymkhanas, many a pub and number of Clubs.  I became a regular solo artist at the Mildura CM Festival; recorded my first CD “Upon Reflection” in 1991 mainly to ‘preserve’ my self penned songs; and later travelled to Adelaide to do my first major recording You Hold The Key” in 1995 and again in ’98 to record “Now”. Throughout this time and the ensuing years I toured as a one person band extensively throughout the eastern states, successfully juggling two lives as a singer-entertainer and partner in primary production.

Needing a life style change, Bryan and I moved to Qld in 2003 where I recorded my fourth CD “Diamonds & Jewels” .

Knowing only family up here, we never imagined at the time, the many friendships that would grow from one day seeing advertised, a Maroochy River CM Club social, which we went along to at which long time friend, Desree Ilona Crawford was to be Guest Artist.

I occasionally (have) played the lovely grand piano for pre show dining at the Caloundra Events Centre and regularly entertain at Seniors Associations.  I love regularly being invited to be ‘Guest Artist’ periodically at several of the Country Music Clubs we are fortunate to have up here and also working solo at Retirement Villages and Clubs and various other venues.

After a lapse of eleven years, I recorded and released my 5th Album, “I Love Music” in 2015.

 

 
Vanessa Warra

VENESSA  WAARA

Venessa was born with performing in her heart.

Her dad a strong influence in her life, with his own Band, started her off at the age of 9 listening to the voices of Patsy Cline, Charlie Pride, Dolly Parton and Australias’ own Stan and Tracy Coster – to whom she is a great fan of.

In 2012 she invited Tracy as a guest artist, at the release of her ‘Aussie Memories’, where she recorded tracks of Stan Costers’, as well as the great Slim Dusty.

Born in New Zealand, now residing in Tasmania, Venessa has become one of our most sought after performers.  With a great range of material, she is suitable for any venue or show.  You will find Venessa as a regular guest at the Australian Italian Club in Launceston, Tasmania.  With a great following wherever she goes, her sheer determination and hard work are starting to pay off.  She has entered Talent Quests in Tamworth, Mildura and has always been successful.

Highlights in her life have been performing with none other than the Golden Guitar Female Vocalist – Tania Kernaghan, as a support act.  A very proud moment in her life in 2010.  Another highlight – performing on stage with Phil Emmanuel.

Now with 3 Albums to her credit and working on her 4th, with Tassies’ own Guitar extraordinaire Gary Smith, who himself has a huge following in Tasmania and a regular at Country Music Festivals throughout Australia.

Venessa would like to broaden her horizons and would like to travel and tour on the mainland.

She has many goals, but she is a born performer, and when you get the opportunity to see and hear Venessa, you will not only see a real talent, but a very special young lady who loves what she does.  She will definitely sing her way into your hearts.

 
Olive Bice
 
 
OLIVE BICE
 
Olive was born on the 9th of June and has lived in Bendigo all her live, having been born in Eaglehawk.

She is an established and very popular recording artist and has recorded on labels such as Morning Mist, R&H, Buribi and Hadley.

In her early years she was influenced by artists such as Shirley Thoms, June Holms and Patsy Cline.

She has toured with Reg Poole (1981), Buddy Weston (1983) and Rick and Thel Carey (1986). During the 1980’s she toured Australia with her own show

1977- Best Female Yodeller (Portland, Victoria).

1980’s – Toured Australia with her own show.

1989- Inducted into the Barmera's Avenue of Honour "Rocky's Country Music Hall of Fame"

1990- Inducted into the ‘Hands of Fame’- Tamworth.

1991- Winner- ‘Battle of the Indies’ Most Popular Independent Recording Artist.

1992- Winner- Professional Female Vocal Victoria Country Music Awards. Since 1992 Olive has been staring with Anne Conway in the “Tribute to Patsy Cline Show”.

1993- Runner-up- Professional Duo (with Anne Conway) Victorian Country Music Awards. She extended her horizons by taking part in the Australian Showcase Tour to the Gore Awards in New Zealand.

1994- Winner Tex Morton Memorial Award.

1995- Winner- Victorian Female Vocalist – Victorian Country Music Awards.

1995- Citizen of the Year- the City of Greater Bendigo.

1996- Awarded the Australian CountryMusic Community Service Award-Tamworth Peel Valley Lions Club.

1998- Winner- Victorian Entertainer of the Year- Victorian Country Music Awards.

1998- Winner- Victorian Female Vocalist- Victorian Country Music Awards.

2011 - Winner of the Tamworth Songwriters' Association Gospel Song of the Year for "Our Angel" with Debbie Lehmann.

Olive coordinates and comperes the “Olive Byce Showcase” at the Mildura Country Music Festival.

 
 
 

SYD MATTHEWS

Syd (Sydney) From Sebastopol Birth name (Sydney Colin Matthews)

1942-At the age of 6 Sang with Smokey Dawson in public. Smokey backed him on Guitar with Syd’s sister Lorraine.

1946- Syd bought a Pacific Guitar from Tex Morton & learnt to play guitar the guitar cost 7 pound 10 with the book of instructions.

1947- At the age of 11 he sang with Roy Rodgers & the Sons of the Pioneers at Shepparton Star Theatre in High St Shepparton Victoria

1952-Syd also worked with Bill Boyd the Famous “Hopalong Cassidy”

1950’s -He worked for a farmer Roy Wilcock on a (Wheat & Sheep Farm ) who was known as “Aeroplane Man” he worked there for 12 months.

1960’s- Syd had a 1954 Chevy and drove to Bet Bet to appear on a show with Rocky Western

1963 Syd married Trish Neale & have one son & now in 2015 has 3 Grandsons

1965- His Music Teacher was Fred Manning Studios & Music Shop

Fred Manning was Band Master, Syd Assistant Band Master with the band consisting of Piano Accordion & Instrumental Instruments.

1970- Syd formed a band called “String Dusters” Ewan & Christine Young, Corporal Les Pascoe Syd himself and other musicians worked the Club circuit and the Guild of Country Music around Melbourne.

1986- Syd went to America for 2 months, stayed in “LondonOntario/& bussed to Nashville Tennessee on to Canada & went to Grand Ole Osprey and saw Hank Snow “Bill Munro & other great artists.

1967 Syd returned to Bendigo and formed his own Bluegrass Band with Geoff Morris-Stan Lovell-Steven Cairns, they put on a mini Bluegrass weekend at Harcourt and 7 year old Penelope Somerville played with them.

1999- Syd moved to Dimboola and formed a band called 4Ms and worked also with a Band “Campoven Country” with Warren Mahony.

1999- Syd first appeared in Tamworth on Anne Conways, Grace Brothers Show alongside Smokey Dawson-Ian Castles and many other well-known artists & was backed by the Howie Brothers

At present Syd is entertaining at Festivals & Clubs, he has also had the pleasure of working with bluegrass band “Murray River Ramblers, Ron Turnbull & John Bones’ Hill & Olive Bice


 
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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