Col Duncan & Haywire
the magic of Slim Dusty
The passing of Slim Dusty left a void in the Australian country
music industry and in many fans’ hearts.
Slim sure left big boots to fill, but one Mackay man and a country
music band are keeping the magic of Slim’s music alive, not only in
North Queensland, but around the nation, with their Ultimate Slim
Dusty Tribute Show.
Col Duncan and band Haywire (formerly Overload) have an obvious
passion for country music – especially Slim Dusty’s.
They’re planning to gig locally before embarking on a national tour
next year, to raise much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor
Haywire, a five-piece based in Mackay, North Queensland, have played
around the region for the past seven years.
Band members Lavena Stewert, acoustic guitar, Russel Vandenbosch, lead
guitar, Russel “Biggsy” Biggs, drums, Afton Chin, fiddle and mandolin,
Ben ??? , bass and Ray ???, pedal steel love their country sounds and
it shows in their numerous awards.
Haywire won the Mushroom Compass Brothers Band Stand Award and played
at the Gympie Country Music Muster in 2002.
The band won Gold and was named Best Overall Band at the Charters
Towers Country Music Festival in 2001, pocketing $6000 prize money.
They also played in the North Queensland Showcase at a major venue at
the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2002.
Col Duncan, a bush balladeer, also has a swag of awards under his
He’s been a member of the Australian Bush Balladeer’s Association for
three years and won Queensland awards including a Year of the Ouback
award in 2002 at the Hughenden Country Music Festival and an award at
the 2004 Mackay Country Music Talent Quest.
In January last year, Col was a finalist in the Australian Bush
Balladeer Star Quest and was named runner-up Bush Balladeer of the
Col says he had the good fortune to meet Slim Dusty twice and has been
an avid fan from an early age.
Like Slim, Col has an easy-going style and is proud of his Australian
Col was born in Emerald, Central Queensland, and grew up around the
Clermont district, working with cattle and horses.
He released his debut CD, Country Music At Heart, two years ago.
Col and Haywire played the Ultimate Slim Dusty Tribute Show at the
General Gordon Hotel, Homebush, in May.
If you love Slim Dusty, don’t miss Col Duncan and Haywire.
Contact Haywire manager, Gavin “Buddo” Butlin on 4959 5464.
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