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Jade Hurley

 
"AUSTRALIA'S KING OF COUNTRY ROCK"
JADE HURLEY
 (Proudly Sponsored by JAYCO Australia’s Premier Manufacturer of Prestige Caravans and Motorhomes)
 2007 TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL GIGS
 See the MASTER Singer/Piano Player/Showman in Concert
(The BEST VALUE SHOW IN TOWN - 2 hour show)
 All the songs of …
 Roy Orbison
Elvis Presley
Johnny Cash
J’OK
Johnny Horton
Chuck Berry
Jim Reeves
Jerry Lee Lewis
 And SO MANY MORE
 Tickets $13.00
 ALL SHOWS DAILY AT 1pm
 SATURDAY 20th January to SUNDAY 28th January
 West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club
Belmore Street - West Tamworth
Phone: (02) 6765 8205
Sat 20 Jan - West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club - 1pm
Sun 21 Jan - West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club - 1pm
  Mon 22 Jan - West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club - 1pm
  Tues 23 Jan - West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club - 1pm
  Wed 24 Jan - West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club - 1pm
Thurs 25 Jan - West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club - 1pm
    Fri 26 Jan - West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club - 1pm
   Sat 27 Jan - West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club - 1pm
   Sun 28 Jan - West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club - 1pm
THE STUFF “AUSSIE LEGENDS” ARE MADE OF
 In January 2006, Jade Hurley had to be rescued by Police, SEC Rescue Workers and member so the Byron Bay Surf Lifesaving Club after his motorhome was hit by a freak TSUNAMI during torrential rain in the hills between Bangalow and Lismore in Northern NSW.
 
The rescuers agreed that Jade could quiet easily have drowned … as was such the state he was in when they had to swim in through the drivers side window (the only access to the interior of the motorhome because of the force of the flood waters). Following his rescue, Jade was transported by ambulance to Byron Bay Hospital … then transferred to Tweed Heads Hospital suffering severe concussion.
 
But NOW … after another successful year “on the road” with his “Rockin’ in the Motorhome” Tour … he returns for the 2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
 
As he says … “because that motorhome was written off, Jayco (who are sponsors of this year’s festival) kindly gave me another motorhome … and THIS ONE HAS WATER WINGS … SO … I will DEFINITELY make it to this year’s festival”.
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"AUSTRALIA'S KING OF COUNTRY ROCK" 
JADE HURLEY
 (Proudly Sponsored by JAYCO Australia’s Premier Manufacturer of Prestige Caravans and Motorhomes)
 2007 TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL GIGS
 See the MASTER Singer/Piano Player/Showman in Concert
(The BEST VALUE SHOW IN TOWN - 2 hour show)
All the songs of …
Roy Orbison
Elvis Presley
Johnny Cash
J’OK
Johnny Horton
Chuck Berry
Jim Reeves
Jerry Lee Lewis
 And SO MANY MORE
Tickets $13.00
ALL SHOWS DAILY AT 1pm
 SATURDAY 20th January to SUNDAY 28th January   
West Tamworth Sports and Bowling Club
Belmore Street - West Tamworth
Phone: (02) 6765 8205 
For Further Information – Please Phone: 0404 922 221
 
Hi again to you folks
Well I finished the last newsletter in Derby in Western Australia …and from there we travelled to and played concerts in Fitzroy Crossing, Darwin, Tennant Creek, Mount Isa and the Winton Outback Festival … then back to the Gold Coast for a show at Bribie Island, then to Sydney for a show at Fairfield R.S.L. before travelling to Victoria for 29 shows in Melbourne and country Victoria for Tattersals. Some of the places we played included Watsonia, Ringwood, Glenroy, Benalla, Pascoe Vale, Ferntree Gully, Essendon, Wonthaggi, Sunshine, Williamstown, Dandenong, Yarraville, Deer Park, Northcote, Sabastopol at Ballarat, Lilydale, The Alma Club, Box Hill, Bairnsdale, Dandenong again, Chelsea, Noble Park, Warracknabeal, Shepparton, Albury, Mount Beauty, then up to Sydney to Wentworthville Leagues Club, then Logan City Diggers in Brisbane, and Caloundra R.S.L. and a private function near Gympie, then back down to Sydney to Smithfield R.S.L. … then home to the Gold Coast. So as you can see, we have travelled many-many Kilometers … in fact, all in all just over 23,000 kilometers … and it has all be hassle free with absolutely no problems with the Jayco Motorhome or the Fiat Ducato vehicle … and we were able to keep in touch with radio stations, newspapers etc all the way thanks to the Codan High Frequency radio and Radtel transmitting our calls.

O.K. I may be biased, however it has been such a pleasure to drive the JAYCO all the way … and as a motel on wheels … yes it is 5 STAR … as my dressing room … yes, it is 5 STAR … if only I had learned years ago that this is the only way to travel … and as a lifestyle, meeting so many great folk from all walks of life, well, words cannot describe it … oh well, better late than never eh.

I forgot to mention in the last newsletter that I caught up with a lovely lady called Lorraine Wolfe who has been a loyal fan for many years. We first met at Roman’s Nightclub in Perth many years ago… and she is the tiniest “little person” I have ever met, standing only three feet (or roughly 275cms) tall. It is always great to catch up with Lorraine and she was once again, this time on her birthday, at our concert in Albany in Western Australia. Following on from the concert I received an email from her which I would like to share with you.

Dear Jade,
Hi there! Well at long last I've found some time to sit down and email you a line or two along with the photos taken at the show last Saturday night. I think they are great even though we are both, (well I know I am) showing our age just a little bit. I had a really great time, (as I always do at your shows) and can truthfully say it would have to be one of my BEST Birthday's yet. We all went back to our place for coffee and reminisced about Romano’s (Romano’s Night Club in Perth) nights and how good they were, even though the meals were not 4 stars and the wine was el-cheapo it didn't seem to make much difference to us as we always had lots of fun. I was trying to work out the first time I went to see you there and I reckon it was in 1979. I remember we were living in a tiny town called Frankland (one shop, church, and a Town Hall and about 800 residents). It's about 400 miles from Perth and the morning we left it was pouring with rain and we were worried that we might not get there as we had heard there was water across the road at different sections of the Albany Highway. Anyway it goes without saying that we got through okay even though we did have to go through one section of water. During the show you made mention of how far we had traveled and came off the stage and gave me 3 orange lilies. Once again you made my night and made me feel special. When I got back home to Frankland I went crazy with the camera and took I don't know how many photos. I ended up pressing the lilies and I still have them. I loved the part of the show on Saturday night when you talked about meeting Buddy Holly and how Johnny O'Keefe gave you the name Jade. Even though I've been going to your shows all these years you had never mentioned it and I just felt like we got to know you a little better and it really hit home what a genuine, thoughtful person you are. I've always held you in high regard as nothing seems to much trouble for you and you take the time to talk, even though at times all you probably want to do is get home and unwind.
Anyway Jade I hope the rest of your JAYCO tour goes well and trust we will see you back in Albany or Perth in the near future, though I had the sad feeling that you were hinting that this might be your last traveling tour. Take care, don't go over doing things and enjoy life but most of all just keep on being you ... “Jade Hurley" Australia’s King of Country Rock.
Love Always
You’re Friend Forever
Lorraine Wolfe

Thank you so much Lorraine … it was lovely to catch up again.

I have been in the world of showbiz for many years … and every now and then (like in the case of Lorraine above) I am reminded of some occurrences that have happened down through the years. At our concert at Mount Beauty a couple of weeks back, a man by the name of Jim Treacy who used to live at Kerang but now live at Bendigo, reminded me of one of the most unfortunate nights that I ever had to perform. With only about 10 minutes before I was to go on stage at the Oasis Hotel in Swan Hill in Victoria, a man collapsed with a heart attack and died. Jim reminded me that I paid tribute to him and played a piece on the piano. For obvious reasons it was so hard to go on stage and smile and perform that night. It was a very sad show.

Rolling into Darwin on this “ROCKIN’ IN THE JAYCO MOTORHOME” Tour brought back some wonderful but horrific memories. The last time I was there was a couple of days after cyclone Tracey devastated the city … and boy what a surprise it is now. I would rate Darwin as one of the best kept secrets in the WORLD … compared to all other cities in Australia, Darwin is MINI by comparison … you are only 20 minutes from anywhere to anywhere else … and the markets and food are the absolute best in the country. Something happened to me that could only come under the category of “it could only happen in Darwin”. Judy had flown home to Sydney to work on more tours, and Barbara flew up from the Gold Coast to finish this leg of the tour. We went into the city for lunch and a stroll down the main street mall. We found a nice little food place and had a lovely sandwich and cappuccino and the café gave us a Mintie each with the coffee. I ate mine and Barbara didn’t want hers, so she gave it to me … so I started chewing … but all of a sudden I had mouthful of grit. I had broken a filling in a tooth. Oh God … what was I going to do?
 
Here we are in a strange city not knowing where a dentist was, and I have to get something done ASAP as we were leaving the next day for Katherine for our next show. At the top of the mall was an information desk, so we went there and spoke to a lovely lady and explained what had happened and could she offer some advice. She directed us around the corner into the next street where there was a dentist … so we followed her directions and found the place, walked in and explained what had happened with my tooth ... and 1 minute later was sitting in the chair getting “drilled”. You wouldn’t believe it … from the time I chewed on the Mintie and broke the tooth until it was fixed was on and hour … try getting that done in any other place in the world.

Sue (Sooz) Camilleri is a showbiz publicist and journo and all round “super bird” (she won’t mind me saying this) in Darwin … and we ran into problems with promotion with our show in Darwin … so we gave Sooz a call and explained the situation and she did something I will be forever grateful for … she dropped almost everything and worked her backside off promoting the concert. Thank you so much Sooz … you are a real love and now great friend. Mount Isa produced one of the most unfortunate situations/conflicts in all my years in the entertainment business. Glen Shorrock, Doug Parkinson and Wendy Matthews had a show on the same night as ours … which is the worst thing that can happen. As it turned out one had to be the loser … and unfortunately for Glen, Wendy and Doug, it was them as they cancelled their show due to a lack of bookings. We had a terrific show at the Irish Club however it is really regretful that this sometimes happens … and I wish Glen, Wendy and Doug all the best the next time they plan a show in Mt Isa.

I came across a newspaper article of my shows with Johnny Cash at the Cork Opera House in Ireland in 1983. Thanks to my mate and country music journalist and great guitarist Bob Howe for allowing us to re-print his report.

Thank you so much to those of you who have sent Christmas cards and gifts … your thoughts and gifts are really appreciated. To my team, who without each our shows would never go on … thank you so much for the past year. Judy (my Manager) for setting up the shows and tours, Jimmy and Carol for setting up all of the stage gear and making each show sound and look great. Carol will not be travelling with us any more, so thank you Carol for your past efforts. To Ian and Margy who look after all the gear and set up each show in and around Sydney and Newcastle etc … thank you so much. To Royce who also helps Ian with the Sydney shows as well as looking after the Friendship Club … once again Royce, thank you. To the many friends in mainstream radio folk who play my music, and allow me to be part of their shows for a chat and to publicise our shows … thank you so much as without this publicity, it would be so hard to maintain any profile. To those loyal friends in the Community Radio stations right across Australia … God love you all.

To my friend Bert Newton who is moving from the TEN Network back to the 9 Network after all these years, it has bee such a joy to sit with you on the many shows we have done together with all the un-predictability that comes with performing with the “Master Showman” … how can I ever thank you. I must say that I have had the opportunity to perform with so many fabulous performers in my career both here and overseas … but there is only ONE MASTER SHOWMAN left … and this is Bert. Bert … I just hope that I get the opportunity to perform with you again in the future.

I would like to once again say how appreciative I am to my major sponsor JAYCO … and moreover personally to Gerry Ryan who developed and owns Jayco. Boy, what a great Aussie success story. Gerry has gone from building his first caravan in a shed in the backyard of his home to developing the most modern and sophisticated manufacturing plant in the Southern Hemisphere … where each 5 star caravan and now motorhome plus other tourist related products are manufactured … and employing over 600 people along the way. If it wasn’t for a 5 minute phone call with Gerry, we wouldn’t be driving the fabulous Jayco Motorhome. Thank you so much Gerry. Also to FIAT … for their fantastic DUCATO vehicle which carries the JAYCO HOUSE … plus my other sponsors including CODAN, who supplied us with their high frequency radio which allows us to keep in touch with radio stations and the general media as well as our families nationwide … and RADTEL, the great Newcastle based company which has set up relay stations situated in various places around Australia to accommodate the transmitting of the Codan High Frequency radio calls. To Rob Wilkinson and Bill Johnson from Toshiba … thank you so much for looking after my fabulous Satellite M30 Laptop … as without it running at it’s peak 24 hour a day, we couldn’t handle all of our business right around Australia.

Well, that’s about it for 2005 … oh by the way, after traveling about 23,000 kilometers around Australia; we finally saw our FIRST LIVE KANGAROO … just outside Roma in Queensland … how incredible is that.

I hope you and yours have a Merry Christmas … and that 2006 is a great year for all of us.

We are off to the TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL in January. Stay healthy and safe … and Love always from your friend.

JADE
 
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