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The Pub, Southgate Inn
and Family - Tamworth
Tamworth Festival 2007
Friday 19th to Sunday 28th
The Festival Countdown
Friday, January 12th to Thursday, January 18th.

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The HATS OFF FESTIVAL 5 - 8 July 2007
The Pub Group Tamworth Gigs
The Pub
Friday 6th
6pm Young Balladeers (Nathan Charlton, Amos Morris, Matt & Dan Manning) featuring Jeff Brown
9pm Ryan Sampson EP Launch
Sat 7th
12 noon Young Balladeers featuring Jeff Brown
4pm Bill Chambers
8pm Brett Dallas & Dirtwater Band
Sun 8th
12 noon Young Balladeers featuring Jeff Brown
4pm Bill Chambers

Family Hotel
Friday 6th
CCMA Winter Talent Quest 8.30am all day
Sat 7th
8.30am CCMA Winter Talent Quest 2pm Grand Final Concert

Southgate Inn
Sat 7th
4pm Bronze Bust Fundraising Concert (tickets at door)

The Pub Fishing Club throws a line to Vision Australia
Friday night raffles are somewhat of a tradition at The Pub – and most hotels in the Australian bush.
This Friday night’s raffles at The Pub will be a little different in that ALL proceeds will be directed to a very special cause – Vision Australia.
The Pub Fishing Club’s Tony Grills, like many others in Tamworth and the north-west and New England, has read, seen and heard about Lorin Nicholson’s quest, to raise awareness and funds for Vision Australia.

Lorin and his good friend, John Eder, left Tamworth on Tuesday morning to ride 280km over the Great Dividing Range to Port Macquarie, in a bid to assist Vision Australia with their vital work with Australia’s blind and vision impaired.

“Those boys on the bike deserve every bit of support they can get,” Mr Grills said.

“It doesn’t hurt us to forego one Friday night’s proceeds, which usually goes to the charity of our choice at year’s end anyway, but I reckon it will mean quite a lot to Lorin, John and the people from Vision Australia.

“We are more than happy to help out with this worthy cause – and we feel it will just make the night that much more special for everyone at The Pub, knowing they’re all helping Vision Australia and Lorin.”

Friday night The Pub will host the Lorin Nicholson Family and Friends Show, with all proceeds being directed to Vision Australia. After spending two days on a tandem pushbike riding to Port Macquarie, Lorin will take up his guitar and do something he loves to do – play music.

Joining Lorin on this special night of fun and fundraising are his wife Lisa, and musical friends Aleyce Simmonds, Aaron Bolton, Darren Clarke and Ryan Sampson.

The show starts at 8pm and is free to the public. Families are more than welcome. Donations will be sought for Vision Australia.
Click here Lorin Nicholson Artist Report Page
Release created in Tamworth 10.04.07 by Anna Rose Media Solutions, for and on behalf of Lorin Nicholson.
Kiwis scoop the pool in the 2007 Bundaberg Rum Jazzer Quest
More than 100 contestants took part in the Bundaberg Rum Jazzer Quest in the Music Room at The Pub in Tamworth. Six heats were contested daily at 4pm from Friday, January 19 until Wednesday, January 24, followed by the wildcard heat on Thursday, culminating in the grand final on Australia Day. Quest co-ordinator since 1995 Greg Williams has expanded the Jazzer team to include the lovely Jacqui Gaynor, who handles the day to day running of this important event. Standout performances were many, resulting in high quality entertainment for the big audiences present every day.

“The wildcard heat on the Thursday was a successful innovation a few years back and very well received by the audience and contestants,” Greg Williams said. “It allowed for some of those contestants you couldn’t possibly leave out, to get another shot at the grand final and the big prize pool.”

The junior section was won by 12-year-old New Zealander Hannah Cosgrove, a very popular crowd choice. As well as winning $1000 from Bundaberg Rum and a fabulous Fender acoustic/electric guitar, Hannah won Axiom Entertainment Agency’s scholarship to Tamworth Camerata 2007 – Australia’s only recognised youth country music school staged annually in the Country Music Capital. She also accepted a performance spot in Young Country Stars the next day at The Pub. Second place in the junior section was won by Melanie Dyer from Inverell, NSW, while Daniel Cosgrove (yes, Hannah’s brother!) took out third place. Second and third junior placegetters received $500 and $300 from Bundaberg Rum.

The open section winner, Katie Thompson from New Zealand, completed a Kiwi clean sweep of The Jazzer. Her winner’s package included $2000 cash from Bundaberg Rum, and a fabulous Fender acoustic/electric guitar, arranged by Cheapa Music, Tamworth, and presented by Fender representative Clay Algie (pictured with Katie and Hannah). Second place was won by Sydney’s Taryn Traustch, who impressed the judges just ahead of Brisbane’s Lance Coassin who secured third prize. Second and third open section placegetters received $800 and $400 from Bundaberg Rum. All contestants had the option of utilising the Bundaberg Rum Jazzer Quest band throughout the quest, composed of wonderful musicians Les Scott on guitar, Glen Skarratt on bass, and sharing drumming duties, Terry Phillpot and Glenn Wilson. Compering duties were ably handled by Kevin Anderson, Aleta Tulk, Jodie Crosby and Jon Wolfe. Judges for this year’s Bundaberg Rum Jazzer Quest came from a wide cross section of the country music industry - Allan Tomkins, Nicki Gillis, Jodie Crosby, Errol Gray, Simon Johnson, Sam Burgess, Amber Lawrence, Darren Colston, Lynne Carey, Aaron Bolton, Donna Boyd, Aleta Tulk, Tubby Dyer, Victoria Baillie, Deniese Morrison, Paul Wilson and Steve Cheers. Entry fees collected from contestants amounting to more than $600 was directed to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne, in memory of the quest’s namesake – the late Jazzer Smith. This has been the custom each year as Jazzer was treated at Peter Mac with kindness, dignity and respect, during his 17-year battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The quest is now 25 years old, an ongoing icon of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, now firmly established in its new home at The Pub, which was voted the CMAA’s Best Country Music Venue 2006. Strongly supported by wonderful sponsor Bundberg Rum, this quest not only maintains the standard, it raises it!

Photo: Katie Thompson, Clay Algie - Fender Australia, and Hannah Cosgrove with their new Fender guitars. Photo: Jon Wolfe.
For more information, please visit The Pub website, www.thepub.com.au  – or phone Anna Rose on (02) 6765 4875 or 0428 413 809
Jim Lauderdale - from Nashville to Tamworth
Grammy-winning international star was on at The Family stage in Tamworth
The Pub Group was is proud to present two concerts by Grammy Award-winning Nashville recording artist, Jim Lauderdale, during the 2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
A Rogue Time Down Under with Bap Kennedy and Danny George Wilson
 Bap Kennedy and Danny George Wilson were at The Family Hotel

The Pub wins Venue of the Year at CMAA Achievers
Thanking her family and staff were first on Joan Douglas’s mind as she emotionally took possession of the CMAA’s inaugural Entertainment Venue of the Year trophy.

The Tamworth-based publican and artist manager and was clearly taken by surprise when The Pub, the venue she and husband Bevan built almost 18 years ago, was named winner at the CMAA Achiever Awards announced at the Sydney Harbour Marriott on Monday night.

“I could have thanked so many more people than I did at the time. It was just such a huge shock to be named winner against my very worthy fellow finalists,” Joan said.

“People like Bill Chambers and Audrey Auld, The Feral Swing Katz and all those wonderful musicians who have made that room ring over the years have really set the benchmark.

“I can’t even remember who I thanked, but people tell me it was my wonderful family, who work so hard to create an ambience for their patrons and do what they do best.”

Bevan’s daughter Tierzah Douglas is licencee and manager of The Pub, located at 99 Gunnedah Road, Tamworth.
For further information, please phone Joan Douglas at The Pub Group on (02) 6765 4875 or 0417 233 713.
Release created 17-10-06 by Anna Rose
2006 Country Music Association of Australia
Achiever Award
Inaugural Entertainment Venue of the Year:
The Pub, Tamworth
Major business award win for The Pub Group’s owners
Photo: Past Noel Park Award recipient Esther Halliday presents Bevan and Joan Douglas with their beautiful trophy – the 2006 Noel Park Award. Photo: Geoff O’Neill, The Northern Daily Leader
The Pub Group owners Bevan and Joan Douglas were honoured at the 2006 Joblink Plus Quality Business Awards in Tamworth on Friday night for their significant contribution to the business and tourism growth of the city. Bevan and Joan were chosen as the 2006 recipients of the prestigious Noel Park Award – the major honour of the night. This is an award given to major contributors to the city of Tamworth, named after Noel Park, a former mayor of Tamworth. Tamworth and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry events manager Carrie Frith described Joan and Bevan as “incredible ambassadors for Tamworth – they know that when Tamworth succeeds, so too will their business”. In a special tribute to the couple, the five acts in The Pub Management stable – Felicity Urquhart, The Baileys, Aleyce Simmonds, Katrina Burgoyne and Aaron Bolton – surprised everyone in attendance with a musical finale to the night. The event was held in Blazes auditorium at Wests, with 480 guests in attendance representing the majority of businesses in Tamworth.
Anna Rose
The Pub Management
Representing: Felicity Urquhart, Aleyce Simmonds, The Baileys, Aaron Bolton, Katrina Burgoyne
T: 61 2 6765 4875
M: 0428 413 809
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Tamworth Country Music Festival 19 - 28 January 2007
Tamworth Camerata 30 June - 5 July 2007
Tamworth Hats Off Festival 5 - 8 July 2007
Troy’s concert was first Hats Off sellout!
Three weeks out from the Hats Off Festival, Troy Cassar-Daley’s Up Close and Personal concert at The Pub was sold out
Jimmy McGuire's Haggis, Pies and Praties Band  - St Patrick day
The Pub Group
Representing: Felicity Urquhart,
The Baileys, Aleyce Simmonds,
Aaron Bolton & Katrina Burgoyne

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