- Mark Tempany & Alison Hams were
inducted into the South Australian CM Hall Of Fame along with
Doug Bruce and Howard Michael, on the June Long Weekend.
MARK TEMPANY AND ALISON HAMS
- Join with the "Kids Of
Whyalla" to support the Jeans For Genes cause, by hosting their
"Jamm 4 Genes".
- Jeans for Genes is a major fundraiser
of the Children's Medical Research Institute.
The scientists at the Children’s Medical Research Institute are
working to try to prevent genetic diseases (leukaemia, muscular
dystrophy, genetic defects and many other disorders) before they
occur in our children, or where that is not possible to develop
Jamm 4 Genes is a recent initiative where Musicians join
together to raise awareness of the cause.
Mark Tempany and Alison Hams have a huge roster of vocal and
guitar students in Whyalla, and some of these students will be
making their stage debut at the Westland Shopping Centre Food
Court Stage on Thursday Night August 2nd at 6pm.
Mark and Alison hope that the people of Whyalla will come along
to not only encourage local singers, but to support a great
cause, by making a donation, or purchasing
a Fundraising Dog-Tag, and other
Jeans For Genes merchandise at various outlets throughout the
- Mark and Alison for Hall of
- 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 weekend.
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
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
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 since.
Previous inductees into the Hall of Fame include Slim Dusty and
For more information about these two fine performers visit
- 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 original music.
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). A FREE
supper is served in the courtyard at interval each night, and
concert-goers also have the chance to meet the artists in person,
and to purchase their products from the Chapel store.
Bookings are strongly recommended on 0418 700 819, although
tickets can be purchased at the door (if available) on the night.
- MARK AND ALISON RETURN
TO MILDURA 2006
- Mark Tempany and Alison Hams return
to Mildura as crowd favourites - having had a very successful
2006. As national support act for UK star Charlie Landsborough in
February, and for one of Australia's most respected and popular
performers Kate Ceberano at the Adelaide Hilton, Mark and Alison's
year gets better and better! The release of their new twin CD pack
Summer Dreams - Remember has been a hit - and Coopers Golden
Saddle Winner Mark hosted his Concerts in the Chapel at Tamworth
in January to sell out audiences. Alison's original songs have
been gaining her much critical acclaim, with inclusions on the
soundtrack of an Australian feature film, and Second Fiddle
WINNING the 2005 UK Songwriting Contest.
From FRIDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER at the GATEWAY TAVERN right through to
SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER at the COOMEALLA GOLF CLUB for the COSTA
BROTHERS SHOW the duo will be working a full schedule of concerts
and appearances. Check out
www.marktempany.com for details.
- The BAY OF ISLANDS Country Rock
Festival in NEW ZEALAND on the Mothers Day Weekend, was once again
a HUGE success, with Overseas Artists including:
Stephen Pride (Brother of Charley!! From the US),
CARTER & CARTER, ALISON HAMS & MARK TEMPANY, STEPHEN R CHENEY,
JETTY ROAD, RYAN SAMPSON, and many more Aussies....along with some
fantastic KIWI acts!
The Highlight show for Mark and Ali was no doubt the Copthorne
100's packed into the hall, and sales for their NEW TWIN CD PACK
"Summer Dreams Remember" going through the ROOF!
- Easter 2006 took Alison and Mark
eastwards to perform at Paul McCloud's Hartwood Campfires &
Country Music festival near Tambar Springs, NSW.
Always a popular event, this year's Hartwood saw a record 1200
people camping at the festival - held "in the bush" on Paul's
beautiful family property!
A star-studded lineup included Paul McCloud, Peter Horan, Rodney
Vincent, Dean Perret, the Costa Brothers, Angela Hayden, Lynette
Guest, Hank & Donna Koopman, Tom Maxwell and Darren Horley.
Perfect weather (complete with full moon!) meant the event was a
real winner and is highly recommended for anyone who loves their
country music in a uniquely relaxed setting.
(And a tip for anyone visiting Whittlesea in Victoria - don't miss
festival caterer's Brian and Michelle's Flamin' Tongs Cafe &
Restaurant for the best feed in Australia!)
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 CHAMPS)!
These guys and girls appeared to a packed house, once again
providing a mix of cover tunes and original songs.
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 details!!
- 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 their reception!
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!!
- Aussies at Bay Of Islands
Country Rock Festival
Alison Hams and Mark Tempany
are just two of a number of Aussies performing at the Bay of
Islands Country Music Festival (NZ) in May.
The two Stormfront Productions artists are no strangers to
overseas touring, with Alison most recently performing in
Nashville, and Mark also touring the USA and Europe.
As well as a number of solo spots throughout the festival, they
will be sharing the stage at Paihia Pacific Resort, where they
will present a show similar to the very successful Concert In The
Chapel, that regular Tamworth festival fans would be familiar
Mark has just returned from a very successful three day stint at
the National Folk festival in Canberra, and Alison continues her
endorsement deal with Daisy Rock, who are providing her with a
brand new bass to play during her time in New Zealand.
Other Australian artists include:- Allan Webster, Grae Addison,
Roland Storm, Sandra Humphries, Stephen R Cheney and Todd
For further information:
- Mark Tempany Releases
GOODBYE SWEET Dreams is the title of the latest single release
from 2003 Coopers Golden Saddle Award winner Mark Tempany.
The single comes from Mark's current album The Long Highway -
Shoestring Records label.
Telstra Country Wide
Central Coast Country Music Festival
- Photo of Mark courtesy of Anneta
- Photo of Mark courtesy of Anneta
- Anneta Vaughan and Mark Tempany
- Print out and have the