long running Steel Guitar Night has found a new home at
The Sandringham Hotel Newtown on the last Wednesday of
each month with free entry.
along tomorrow night - Wednesday 25th February from
7.30pm to catch a great line up.
The featured acts this
Robilliard on slide & lap steel with The Festers,
Walker on pedal steel with Grand Banks and,
opening the night in acoustic mode on 10 string dobro
joined by Dominic O'Donnell on acoustic guitar, John Pye
on Bass & Jenny Griffith on ukulele.
387 King Street
Holt and Goddard Sts.)
Steel Guitar Night – last
Wednesday of each month from 7.30 – 10.30pm
Free entertainment six
times a week in the downstairs bar!
Hope to see you
- Some of the top steel, slide, dobro
- players in Country Music
- Michel Rose
- Tommy Grasso
- Warren Neilsen
- Photo Courtesy of Brian Robson
- Mike Tyne
- Johnny Green
- Gary Brown
- Bill Chambers
- Mark Moulynox
- Lawrie Minson
- Nick Summers
- Lance Clarke from Grand Junction
- A Sad Day For
Steel Guitar Fans - Vale John Hughey - 2007
- A Sad Day For
Steel Guitar Fans
enthusiasts and western swing fans the world over are deeply
saddened with news of the very sudden death of one of its best
John Hughey passed away at 6:30 pm, November 18, 2007.
Earlier this month, John received one of the highest honours in
musicianship bestowed by his peers in recognition of a lengthy
contribution to the country music world.
John played Steel
Guitar on Jean Stafford’s award winning track Steelin’ the 2
Step and was a dear friend. Jean describes John as a wonderful
caring human being and says in tribute ‘ Thank you John for the
wonderful music and your support and friendship. Love and I will
miss you always.’
His ROPE induction two weeks ago was a great source of pride for
many of his friends in the recording world.
The US STEEL GUITAR
HALL OF FAME PLAQUE reads:
DEWITT SCOTT-THE STEEL GUITAR HALL OF FAME, INC. ST. LOUIS,
JOHN HUGHEY-A TOURING,
RECORDING, AND PERFORMING ARTIST FOR OVER FOUR DECADES. HIS PURE
SOUND STRENGTHENED THE SUCCESS OF RECORDINGS BY CONWAY TWITTY,
VINCE GILL AND MANY OTHERS. THE UNDISPUTED MASTER OF BAR SHIVER
AND PRECISE UPPER-REGISTRY INTONATION. HE CREATED MUSICAL
EMOTION AND DREW ATTENTION TO THE INSTRUMENT THROUGH HIS
FLAWLESS DELIVERY, FLAVORED WITH HAUNTING ELOQUENCE.
BORN: DECEMBER 27,
1933 DIED: NOVEMBER 18,2007 ELAINE, ARK INDUCTED: 1996
R.I.P. Dear Friend
From Jean Stafford
Steel Guitar Convention Turns 12 and Celebrates Hall of Fame
Kitching and George Xanthos two steel guitar legends were
inducted into the inaugural Australian Steel Guitar Hall of Fame
in Brisbane on June 23. The twelfth annual convention was held
at the Kedron Wavell Services Club.
The award presented by Keith Symons was an extreme honour for
Kenny Kitching – one of Australia’s most recognised steel
players and session musicians. The plaques pays tribute to his
contribution internationally and here in Australia.
Noel Anstead received the award on behalf of George Xanthos who
sadly passed away only days later. George Xanthos is remembered
for his early contribution to live radio shows and as a member
of the Hawking Bros band.
More than 200 fans from Tasmania New South Wales Northern
Territory Western Australia Queensland New Zealand and Thailand
and many local based musicians attended the concert and the Hall
of Fame award presentations sponsored by Brisbane Radio 98.9fm
held during the two day event
Patrons were treated to a few surprises with visiting overseas
players David & Carol Kirk from the UK, Paddy Long from New
Zealand and a special appearance by Jean Stafford.
Jean entertained the audience with 3 songs from her latest CD
including the US award winning song Steelin’ the 2 Step. In a
surprise presentation Michel Rose handed her a plaque on behalf
of Peermusic Sydney / Nashville recognising her success in
A generous lineup of supreme talent backed by a number of fine
musicians featured Kenny Kitching, Michel Rose, Stuart French,
Bob Alloway, Wayne Appleby, Warren Neilson, John Towner and Ian
A fourth award FM Radio 101 ‘s Doug May Achievement Award went
to Brisbane steeler Warren Neilsen.
www.brisstelguitar.com has an extensive photo gallery and more
about the convention.
For more information:
- Steel Guitar Legend & Band Member
Australia’s ‘Hawking Bros’ George Xanthos Leaves Many Memories
George Xanthos has died in Melbourne after a long
The funeral details are as follows
George who only last weekend was one of the first to be named in
Australia’s Steel Guitar Hall of Fame passed away at 4.10am in
hospital surrounded by his family - wife Lorna, and son and
daughter Ricky and Kaylene.
His funeral is expected to be held on Monday in Melbourne. Final
arrangements will be advised shortly.
Media release distributed on behalf of the Steel Guitar
Fraternity of Australia.
George Xanthos also received one of country music’s highest
honours when he amongst others Arthur Blanche Frank Ifield Bill
& Ross Kettle Jimmy Little Geoff Mack Brian Young and Kevin King
who in 1978 were inducted into the ACMF Hall of Fame in
A member of one of Australia’s leading country bands ‘The
Hawking Bros’ and the more historic ‘The Trailblazers’ the
national 3XY weekly Radio Show broadcast in both Australia and
Nashville Tnn, George was an untiring supporter of steel guitar
in Australia until his illness. He will be sadly missed by all.
- The Trailblazers -Profile:
- The Trailblazers, a group of
artists and musicians with a strong country and western leaning,
rehearsed for their weekly 3XY radio show at the Erskine Hall
Carlton, and later at the Albion Hall Brunswick. Amongst the
members of the Trailblazers were Alan Hawking, Jack Johnson, Tom
Heaney, Stan Green, George Xanthos, Charlie Boland, Russell
Hawking, George Mack, Elsie Darling and Jack Quinn. The
Trailblazers performed over three hundred weekly radio shows for
radio 3XY. These shows were broadcast throughout Australia and
on WSM Nashville, USA. After the Trailblazers had recorded their
weekly radio show it was common for a small group of them
including Jack Johnson, Norma Johnson, Stan Green, the Hawking
Brothers, Beverley Dick and Jack Quinn to adjourn to Nando's
Spaghetti Bar, Carlton where they would entertain their friends
and Nando's customers without accepting payment. However, they
were provided free food and drinks.
Extract & Photo courtesy: Rockabilly Hall of Fame
- 98.9fm supports
Brisbane’s Steel Guitar Convention.
‘This year’s event is expected to be something special’
‘With the support of Brisbane radio station 98.9fm the Steel
Guitar Convention is likely to become an annual gathering of
Australia’s and some of overseas finest steel players.’
Tiga Bales General Manager FM Radio Station 98.9 will present
awards during the 2007 Convention at Kedron Wavell RSL in
Brisbane next month. Two of Australia’s steel guitar legends
will be the first to be inducted into the newly created
Queensland Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.
Tipped to appear is this country’s own reigning US Western Swing
Female Vocal of the Year Jean Stafford. The triple Golden Guitar
artist is a dedicated fan insisting on pedal steel on all her
albums. She says ‘If you don’t have a steel guitar then it ain’t
‘What better place to for me to perform a tribute song about a
steel guitar player in a western swing band.’ she added.
Inside goss says it’ll be a great day with a few surprises for
country music fans. So don’t forget to tell your friends if
you’ve marked your calendar and plan to attend regardless if you
are interstate or live in the South East Queensland area.
This is a unique event for Australia. 24 June 2007 Kedron Wavell
- 2007 poster
- Kenny Kitching
- Queensland Steel
Guitar Convention Targeted for June
The Brisbane Steel Guitar Club has announced plans for
the 2007 Brisbane Steel Guitar Convention / Music Festival.
A unique event on the music calendar for Southern Queensland and
Australia showcasing the ‘cream’ of this country’s best and
featuring a number of invited international players the
convention is scheduled to be held at the Kedron Wavell Services
Club Hamilton Road Chermside in Brisbane on 23 to 24 June.
‘Steelers’ can enjoy additional sessions and select workshops
with a number of leading players. If you’re a steel guitar
enthusiast YOU won’t want to miss this unique event ..WANT a few
tips of your own … PUT your name on the list for workshop
sessions OR contact event organisers. JUST want to enjoy the
music then get along to Kedron Wavell Services Club at the end
Dave Kirk - Saturday 23 June $20.00 time to be advised:
In the Community Room located downstairs.
Ken Simmons – Book directly on 07 3806 9538
Saturday 23 June - Social Evening commences at 7.00pm
Entry is by the usual Gold Coin Admission – Community Room
located downstairs Kedron Wavell Services Club. The player at
the Saturday Evening Social who is chosen as the most
Entertaining/best player will be rewarded with a spot on the
Sunday's main Concert.
Sunday 24 June - Main Concert - 10.00am start - BLUE ROOM Kedron
Wavell Services Club
Tickets on sale upstairs in the Blue Room throughout the day on
Sunday - $20.00
If you love the sound of Steel Guitar - Country, Jazz, Hawaiian,
Blue Grass then this is the standout 2007 Concert of the Year.
Featuring a number of leading players and Australia’s best this
event is not to be missed.
Dave and Carol Kirk England - Michel Rose: Sydney - Wayne
Appleby Brisbane Bob Alloway - Brisbane Paddy Long - New Zealand
Kenny Kitching: Gold Coast Ray Cullen - Brisbane Ian Kerr -
Brisbane Mark Moulynox Sydney Tomi Graso -Sydney Warren Neilson
For more information:
Be sure to log on and have a look at the Brisbane Steel Guitar
Forum and the following links
- Print out and have the