- Mark and Alison for Hall of Fame
- Talented Whyalla singers and songwriters
Alison Hams and Mark Tempany will be honoured with induction into the
South Australian Country Music Hall Of Fame at the South Australian
Country Music Festival and Awards held in Barmera over the June long
Organisers say her induction is a result of her "dedication to her
country music career for over 15 years, and her fine reputation as a
performer, singer, presenter, songwriter and top class musician."
Festival co-ordinator, Dot McDonnell, said "Alison has progressed
steadily from being a multiple talent quest winner to become a major
force in the Australian independent country music industry - and she's
played a proud role in promoting South Australia in her travels to
perform around Australia and overseas. She has maintained a strong
connection with assisting young musical talent through her school
student tutoring, talent quest band provisions, and her conducting of
music workshops for youth far and wide - so we consider her an
extremely worthy inductee!".
In November 2006 Alison won a prestigious SA Great Award for the Arts
in her home Flinders/Outback Region - and she says her inclusion on
the SA Hall of Fame is simply "The most memorable and meaningful
surprise" in her career. Alison's stellar previous 18 months included
providing the national support (along with husband Mark Tempany) for
UK superstar Charlie Landsborough on his 2006 Australian tour - and
supporting Kate Ceberano in Adelaide.
Organisers say Mark "has established his reputation as one of the
finest vocalists and songwriters in the Australian country music
industry over many years, and by far-reaching national and
international touring commitments. With five highly successful
all-original independent albums and numerous radio hits to his name,
he has maintained a steadfast dedication to being an independent
artist who creates in his performances a unique and powerful
connection with his listeners."
Both Mark and Alison have been Star Maker Grand Finalists - and
winners in major international songwriting contests such as the
Unisong International Song Contest and the UK Songwriting Competition.
Between them, they have self-produced 13 albums, and sold close to
20,000 copies of these nationally and internationally.
Mark first came to the Riverland Country Music Festival in 2004.
Alison has maintained a much longer connection and been integral in
recent years as part of the official Talent Quest and SA Country Music
Awards Bands. Alison also had early success as an amateur in this very
talent quest which laid a strong foundation for all she has achieved
Previous inductees into the Hall of Fame include Slim Dusty and Kasey
For more information about these two fine performers visit
- ALISON HAMS & MARK TEMPANY - LATEST NEWS
- Alison Hams and Mark Tempany are about to embark on a journey
throughout South Australia and beyond to perform at some of the
biggest festivals in Australia.
April 6,7 and 8 sees them at the National Folk Festival at Canberra’s
Exhibition Park,where hundreds of the world’s best musicians perform
daily, in a non-stop flow of entertainment across twenty two fabulous
"It’s the premier event in Folk and Acoustic music in Australia, and
we’re very fortunate to have been invited to perform in Sydney on the
way home" said Mark.
This comes after an appearance at the Murraylands Music Festival in
Tailem Bend which is fast becoming one of the must-see events on the
South Australian Country Music calender. Other guest artists in 2007
include the very popular Greg Champion (of Coodabeen-Champions fame).
The duo will be performing at the South Australian Country Music
Festival and Awards, held in the states Riverland over the June Long
Weekend.. "This has been a long-standing favourite of mine" says
Alison. "I’ve been going to this festival since about 1992 as a
spectator, so it’s a thrill to now be one of the headlining acts."
Being away at Easter doesn’t mean that Mark and Alison miss out on
Whyalla’s annual highlight - The Fishy Fringe Festival - all together
though, they appear at the Fishy Fringe Furnace Party Official Launch
on March 30th at the Watersedge Restaurant.
Mark Tempany & Alison Hams
Ph 0418 700 819
MARK TEMPANY www.marktempany.com
ALISON HAMS www.alisonhams.com
CAROLS IN THE PARK
- Mark Tempany joins Alison Hams and 2007
Golden Guitar Finalist Peter Pratt for his 7th consecutive year of
fabulous concerts at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music
during the Australasian Country Music Festival.
"Concerts in the Chapel" have run since Mark created this unique and
special venue in 2000 with a stated aim to establish an intimate,
theatre-style performance space for the very best in Australian
Since that single opening show (performed by Mark alone), this concert
series has grown to 3 annual festival-time concerts also featuring
Mark's talented wife and fellow songwriter and performer Alison Hams.
In 2005 & 2006 Mark and Alison were joined by the brilliant, Golden
Guitar-winning Michael Fix - and in 2007 Golden Guitar Finalist Peter
Pratt will become part of the "Concerts in the Chapel" family!
"Concerts in the Chapel" provide an audience with the best possible
chance to see live music performed in a historic and intimate setting
(the Chapel holds a maximum of 90 people).
- Alison Hams won the SA GREAT Regional Award for
the Arts at the Flinders/Outback
Presentation Dinner held last night (Tuesday 28th November) in her
home town of Whyalla.
The SA GREAT Regional Awards recognise individuals and organisations
making a real and major contribution to the growth and identity of the
state of South Australia.
One of the biggest fields of nominations, the ARTS award, sponsored by
ETSA, recognised Alison's achievements both locally, interstate, and
overseas, whilst all the time being proudly South Australian.
As part of her prize, Alison received a unique, hand-made "Pear"
trophy,and now holds the title of an SA GREAT winner for the next
Alison also performed a 30 minute set of her music at the Presentation
Dinner, further highlighting her talents to the capacity crowd of
- STOP PRESS!!!
- Alison Hams' star continues to
rise, with news that one of her Original Songs has been selected for
the soundtrack of an Australian Feature Film....stay tuned for
- Gawler Country Music Club hosted a BUMPER SHOW on Sunday 21st
May at Munno Para Bowling Club.
ALISON HAMS & BAND (the very professional and "beautiful" Kevin
Bergen, Paul Orchard, Mark Tempany and Tammy-Lee Latham!) and feature
spots by Mark, Tiffney Stroh and Emily Reed (both current SA CHAMP OF
These guys and girls appeared to a packed house, once again providing
a mix of cover tunes and original songs.
- An Elegant Evening with
Kate Ceberano - Adelaide Hilton.
by Alison Hams
Checking into the Hilton on Thursday April 6th,
there was a buzz in the air, something special was happening, and the
HUGE banners advertising Kate Ceberano, supported by Alison & Mark (thats
us!) were unmissable!!
The ballroom could have been any swanky lounge bar in New York, the
fine dining was comparable to a gourmet meal anywhere in the world,
and the atmosphere, celebrities and entertainment were world class.
Performing to an audience which hosted stars from McLeods Daughters
amongst others - we were introduced on stage by Xavier Minniecon. The
audience members were AMAZING, so responsive to our original songs,
and singing along to the cover tunes. Our 35 minute set was really
enjoyable to perform, and in such a classy and elegant setting too! It
was in fact, a great way for Mark and I to showcase tunes from our
newly released twin CD Pack "Summer Dreams - Remember". Check out
www.alisonhams.com for details
Of course, Kate was vocally incredible, and charismatic in her
performance, and the 6 piece band that joined her on stage were some
of the finest jazz/soul musicians to grace the stage.
Hanging out in the Green Room with Kate and the band, and attending
the after-party was great, and we thank Errol Bannister and Pamela
Speakman, the Hilton Adelaide staff, and especially the fabulous
audience who made us feel so welcome.
n.b. Watch this space for information about the Moonlight and Magic
Concert, which unfortunately was postponed due to the prediction of
inclement weather, but WILL be on later in the year, once again
starring many great acts including Kate Ceberano, and Alison Hams and
www.alisonhams.com - NfS90 -
Second Fiddle - winner of the UK Songwriting Competition
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Goodbye Sweet Dreams - Galston Coopers "Golden Saddle" Winner
- Queensland's Mark Tempany and South Australia's Alison Hams
were married in a touching and relaxed ceremony at St. Aloysius
Church, Sevenhill SA on December 11th.
Both popular and successful independent singer songwriters, Alison and
Mark shared their special day with friends and family from all over
Australia - and in the best tradition even performed a song each at
The talented duo will celebrate the New Year performing in South
Australia before journeying to Tamworth for another season of
"Concerts in the Chapel" (with Golden Guitar-nominated Michael Fix) at
the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music.
Honeymoon plans have been further delayed by the exciting announcement
that Mark and Alison will support UK star Charlie Landsborough on his
Australian tour in February! (check local venues for details, or visit
- Congratulations to both from Tamworth Ragepage!!
- ALISON'S SONGWRITING
South Australian singer songwriter ALISON
HAMS has been named a WINNER at one of the world's most prestigious
songwriting competitions - the 2005 UK Songwriting Contest.
In the Folk/Country category Alison's song - "SECOND FIDDLE" from her
new "Daisy Train" album (and NFS 90, Track #10) - beat over a thousand
other songs from dozens of other countries to clinch the award.
Alison's award includes a 12 month subscription to international music
vendor Sonicbids, and membership to the Guild of International
Songwriters and Composers. She will also receive a Diploma in Music (Songwriting)
from The World Music Foundation, and has been asked to formally submit
her winning song and her other songs to international music publisher,
the Panama Music Group.
An already exciting 2005 has seen Alison conduct a tour to New Zealand
(which is booked to repeat in March next year) and her recent
promotion to Musical Director at South Australia's Champion of
Champions. She has also completed many highly successful concert
performances with Mark Tempany (including 3 sellout "Concerts in the
Chapel" in Tamworth with Mark and Michael Fix in January) - and now
looks forward to even more ground-breaking progress before returning
to Tamworth next January.
ALL INTERVIEWS, ENQUIRIES & BOOKINGS:
Ph 0418 700 819
PO Box 2313 Whyalla Norrie 5608 SA
- ALISON WINS INTERNATIONAL SONG CONTEST!
Talented independent Australian singer and songwriter ALISON
HAMS has just been announced as WINNER in the 2005 UK SONGWRITING
Alison's song "Second Fiddle" (from her new "Daisy Train" album) has
WON the Folk/Country Section of this prestigious songwriting contest -
now recognised as one of the world's most professional and competitive
events for songwriters. Over 4000 songs were entered in 2005, from
dozens of countries - further underlining the scale of Alison's
achievement in winning this competition.
Alison will soon be announcing details of her prize - the rumour
already is that it may include a performance tour to the UK in 2006 -
publishing opportunities, and should ensure a new wave of airplay and
exposure from Australian radio and print media.
Congratulations are definitely due to one of Australian country
music's most talented and deserving participants - from here the sky
is the limit for ALISON HAMS and "Second Fiddle"!
For interviews and bookings:
PO Box 2313 Whyalla Norrie 5608 SA
Ph 0418 700 819
- It's all GO on the "Daisy
Wayne Horsburgh and Mark Tempany
- Pictured here with Wayne Horsburgh (left) & Mark Tempany after
Ali wooed the crowd with songs from "Daisy Train" and a stunning
version of "The Rose".
- INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL MUSIC CHARTS
Daisy Train has debuted at #4 (and reached #2) on the
- HI EVERYONE
Well, I'm fresh back from a week in QUEENSLAND, where not only did I
enjoy the sun, surf and shopping of the Sunshine Coast, but I also
performed for the very first time at the fantastic GYMPIE MUSTER!!
I had two guest spots during Mark Tempany's shows at both the Muster
Club and Muster Tavern, and also performed a couple of songs with him
each time, which was a lot of fun, and great promotion for DAISY
Next week I am off to Sydney for an extended weekend visit to the
Galston Country Music festival, before a quick visit home to do the
laundry, pack and head off again to the Mildura Country Music
Festival. Details about this festival is found at
SECOND FIDDLE is going really well for me, so dont forget to ring up
your local radio station and request it. You can also request it
online at a number of radio stations, including kixfm at www.kixfm.net,
where you can sign up for free, vote for your favourite songs, and
request a tune.
Locally, I will again be a part of the HAPPY TAPPERS concert at the
Middleback Theatre in October as well as a few other shows including a
woolshed dance and club shows, so keep an eye on the website or gig
guides for details.
Speak to you soon, and see you on the road
new album "DAISY TRAIN" out NOW!
look out for the first radio single SECOND FIDDLE released AUGUST 9th,
- New album "DAISY TRAIN" out NOW!
- ALISON HAS A NEW ALBUM... AND
ALISON HAMS has
officially, commercially, released her new all-original album Daisy
Train, and a new-look website in conjunction.
"It's been a busy year," Alison said, with her performance of
the first single from the album Second Fiddle on Good Morning
Australia with Bert Newton, a double page spread in the May edition of
Country Music Capital News and promotional interviews on a number of
radio stations, including The Evening Show with Peter Goers on ABC
Alison's also been travelling the country, recently returning from a
songwriting session with Gina Jeffreys in Sydney and a very successful
festival appearance at the South Australian Country Music Awards with
Mark Tempany, Billy Bridge and Alby Pool.
Details on the new album can be found at
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