- 2003 Festival of the Whales
- Kate Ballantyne, Gary Ivory (Spike)
compere, Karen O'Shea and Lyn Bowtell
- Check out the Tomkins Guitars!
- Lyn Bowtell"
- Snape Bros.
- Karen, Lyn and Kate as
their group "Anam Cara" now changed to "Bella"
- Kate and Lyn
Dances having a whale of a
Dog celebrating a
- Music Lovers enjoying the concert
- Tex and Kay
- Maddison dancing on Esky
- The Snape Bros. became bogged and
received plenty of help.
Sunday, June 1st,
Fly Point Park, Nelson Bay
weather not permitting, acts are to perform at Nelson Bay RSL Club)
Nelson Bay Town Management Family Fun Day
(12 midday – 12.30pm)
Featuring Karen O'Shea, Kate Ballantyne & Lyn Bowtell
O’Shea has been mesmerising her audiences with her amazing
vocal talents since an early age. She has been working
professionally in her home town Darwin since leaving school.
first group was a show band called ‘The Sublimes’. Their
repetoire consisted mainly 50’s 60’s rock and roll
(which at the time was having a huge resurgence) and
included costume changes. From there she joined a trio
called ‘Thin Arthur’ covering songs from Chakka Khan to
Patti Labelle to Heart to Tina Turner and John Farnham and
Roxette (to name a few).
then went Sydney (for 3 years) and worked with an original band
called ‘Sydney Sound Machine’ and then ‘The Temple Of
Groove’. An 8 piece funk cover band doing James Brown, Earth
Wind & Fire, The Brand New Heavies and Prince among others.
Then came the touring with Richard Clapton as backing vocalist
before returning back to Darwin.
- On returning home Karen
took to singing jazz as part of the ‘Phil Stacey Trio’
before meeting ‘Cat In The Hat’ duo partner Janet Hay. This
duo covered almost all styles and genres from the old to the
new. With Janet on piano Karen tried her hand at percussion (tamborine,
shakers etc.) The duo received an invitation from the Australian
High Commissioner in Brunei to go over and perform. Whilst
there, they were asked to play for the Sultan’s (second) wife’s
the last couple of years Karen has also had some success on the country
scene playing in Tamworth during the festival and few others
- In the 12 years (or
so) she has been singing professionally Karen has supported
numerous artists including Randy Crawford, Wilson Pickett, James
Morrison, Christine Anu, Jimmy Barnes, CBD and some of Australia’s
rising country stars.
- Karen has appeared as
a guest artist on both Bert Newton’s GMA show and the Denise
Drysdale midday show, catching the attention of both audiences.
Karen was also awarded the coveted Frank Ifield International
Spur Award for Best New Female Performer 2001.
had so many opportunities to sing a diverse range of songs,
there is no doubt that Karen could sing almost anything and she
just loves to sing.
- She appeared on "It's Country
Today" in 1994 & also started working on songs for her
first album "Tomorrow's Girl' ".
- The album was recorded at Kate's family
recording studio in Kurri Kurri, NSW & features 12 songs written by
Kate & others. The title track from the album "Tomorrow's
Girl" won Kate an award at the Australian Songwriters Association
National Song Contest held in Melbourne in November 1995.
- Kate & her band 'Fandango' released their
second album "Too Hot To Handle" in January 1998 to rave
reviews. All tracks on the album were written by Kate, Rhonda Lee &
renowned Guitarist Kelvin Nolan.
- She entered the 1998 Toyota Star Maker
contest with the intention of doing her very best & her best was
good enough to take the coveted award.
Toyota Star Maker single was released in August 1998 & has won Kate
a nomination for 'Best New Talent' in the prestigious 'Country Music
Awards Of Australia'. She also gained two nominations for the Tamworth
Independent Artist Recognition Awards (T.I.A.R.A.) in the 'Vocal Duet'
& 'Female Vocal' categories & as a finalist in the 'Victorian
Country Music Awards' for 'Female Vocalist' of the Year.
- As you can see Kate is a real talent, her
albums are a culmination of effort & desire to be one of Australia's
leading Country Singers & Writers. Currently working on her third
album, this won't be the last you hear of this talented artist.
the small child Katrina Aitken, now a young woman known as Kate
Ballantyne, her dream is coming true. Kate's determination to give the
music she so loves to the people around her shows through in her
- Lyn Bowtell
was midway through a conversation backstage when the hairs
suddenly stood up on the back of my neck!"back of my
words came from Australia's leading country music broadcaster Nick
Erby during the 1998 Tamworth Country Music Festival and the
conversation breaker was the incredible talent of Lyn Bowtell
performing 'A Broken Wing', one of those magical musical
experiences that stops and audience in its tracks.
The simple statement actually came as no real surprise because it
has always been Lyn Bowtell's destiny to be a star in Australian
Country Music. The release of her debut album 'Headed South' with
her band Southern Steel in 1996 drew instant radio attention and
her win in the prestigious 1997 Toyota Star Maker Quest provided
the impetus for the title track to become a Top10 hit on the
Suddenly the young lady with the superb voice was firmly on centre
stage and the full range of her talents began to emerge. The voice
is the focal point of her performance, but it's all the other
factors that make up the star package. On stage she radiates a
warmth and charisma that immediately establishes a rapport with an
audience and has an amazing energy that transposes throughout her
songs. Lyn is not just a singer, she's an interpreter and whether
a particular song is one from her own prolific original folio or a
cover, there is that indefinable Lyn Bowtell stamp that emerges.
recording success continued through 1997 with the release of her
two Star Maker singles 'The One You Love' gained Lyn her second
Top10 position and a finalist berth in the New Talent category of
the 1998 Country Music Awards of Australia. The poignant ballad
'Searching For Jane' written by Lyn and co-writing partner Margie
Mason provided a perfect follow-up and won the New Songwriter
section at the Tamworth Songwriters Awards during the 1998
Tamworth Festival, as well the Female Vocal section of the 1998
Victorian Country Music Awards.
During the last eighteen months, Lyn has established herself as a
major attraction at festivals like Tamworth, Mildura and the
Gympie Muster, as well as club venues throughout Eastern
Australia. They have even added an international flavour with a
number of highly successful festival appearances in the United
Kingdom and China.
Underlying all these impressive achievements is that wonderful
gift that sets Lyn Bowtell apart - the gift of song. And the
absolute proof of her great talent, her signing to the new ACMEC
label and the release at the Tamworth 2000 Country Music Festival
of her new album 'Hearts In The Country'. This is the definitive
Lyn Bowtell - the superb songwriting, the awesome voice, excellent
musicianship from Southern Steel and some eminent musical guests -
it's the album that country music fans have been waiting for.
under the moniker of "Elle Bee", Lyn combines her
wonderful country music talents with a huge and varied covers
repertoire to bring pub, club and function audiences a truly
special experience. Also available in duo format with lead
harmonies are just one of the unique qualities of Newcastle's
finest Trio - The Snape Bros.
Russell & Chris Snape joined forces to become one of the
most entertaining and professional sought after acts in the
Newcastle and Hunter Valley region.
a repertoire of over 200 songs (and still growing!!!!) ranging from
Country through to Rock 'n' Roll, it's easy to see and hear how and why
these guys have such a prestigious reputation.
not to leave a warm seat in the house, from the first note to the last,
the dance floor will be packed with punters taken for a nostalgic stroll
through the music of the 50's through to the current sounds of today.
'The Snape Bros' entertain you today!
more information, see the Snape Bros website http://members.aol.com/snapebros/
- Kate Ballantyne, Lyn
Bowtell and Karen O'Shea
"Bella" is the most exciting vocal trio to emerge in the last twelve months.
The musical collaboration of Lyn Bowtell, Karen O'Shea and Kate Ballantyne
brings to it's audience a vocal versatility and uniqueness never before seen
stunning ladies with awesome voices have already proven themselves as
individual performers. All three have recorded successful solo albums, won
major awards and released chart topping singles.
as the already popular "Bella" Lyn, Karen and Kate blend their unique
voices to create something spectacular indeed.
- Print out and have the memories