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Col Duncan & Haywire
Col Duncan & Haywire continue
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 Service.
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 belt.
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 Year.
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 country heritage.
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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