- Hey all you Cowgirls fans! The Katherine
Muster is almost upon us again, and for those of you who haven't
already planned on getting yourselves here, it's time to roll up your
swag, grab your guitar, throw your esky in the truck and hit the road
to the NT's best festival of country music. The Cowgirls are no longer
together, but Gleny and I are both performing separately with our new
bands so you'll get double the dose of Cowgirl fun PLUS a whole lotta
other fine acts as well. See you there!!!
Katherine Country Music Muster Presents
Sat 5th May 2007
at the Katherine Museum Grounds
Tracey Bunn & the Bareback Riders
Gleny Rae Virus and her Tamworth Playboys
Whiskey Creek with Rod Esam and Jacky Izod
Lionel Cole Band featuring Kate Oliver and Theresa Harris
plus many more
Gates open 12 midday. Entertainment from 1pm-midnight
Entry $10 with free camping and full bar and catering available.
Enter the Beaut Ute Competition. Entry forms and more info
at www.kcmm.com.au or email
This year will see the Muster shrink down to a one day event due to
funding issues, but will spawn 2 more events later in the year to make
sure everyone gets their fill of quality Country Music.
- Dear Country Music Fans,
Pictures from the BVH last night, 9th April 2006. Their last gig
officially, apart from possible "reunions".
Photos Toe Sucking Cowgirls last Gig
It was a top night. Lots of beaut pics did not make it into the top
but do enjoy the best 12.
- Well, a big GIDDAY from a very soggy place! I've been rained in
Daly River for the last few days and am getting a bit nervous as to
I'm going to make it out in time for our next lot of gigs! It's been
pretty much constantly for the last week and there could even be a
Katherine river is rising and Daly River Community is starting
to call together an evacuation plan! Our good friends The Walsh family
Katherine are preparing to get wet feet. i only hope it's not another
Aah, life in the tropical north in monsoon season.
NEXT GIGS! This is just a quick little blurb to let you all know we'll
in Sydney next weekend for the Hawkesbury Fiddle festival up at
Fri 7pm - 8pm
Sat 1pm - 2pm
Sun 12pm -1pm
And we'll be doing a workshop around 4.30pm on Sat "Roadkill Roadrage
and Roadhouse Food" for those of you planning on taking off into the
blue yonder in search of the Aussie dream! We'll have a few tips on
to survive on the road using only what you'd find in a Cowgirl's
Mind you our handbags have been known to carry everything but the
There'll be a few tunes as well as a few travelling tales guaranteed
to give you
Then on Sunday night we'll be heading back to one of our favourite
in Sydney, the Botany View Hotel from 6.30-9.30pm. Mike Vidale will be
joining us on bass and Paul Dunn on drums, two guys that were there at
the very beginning of the Cowgirls. We don't know when we'll be back
again, and as Gleny has decided to call it quits and move onto greener
it could very well be our last gig ever! Unless, of course, I can find
to fill her extremely large (and smelly) boots, though I must say,
accordion/fiddle players with an oversize personality and a great
voice are a
little thin on the ground.
So get out there and spread the word and dust off your hats and boots
down and join us for a big weekend!
Hope you're all still giving it all you got. Keep on sucking!
Tracey (and Gleny)
PS Keep an eye on our website in case i can't get out of Daly River in
my flight to sydney. If that happens then Gleny will be presenting a
show of her
own which will still be a great party!
- CHEERS, BEERS AND REINDEERS, THE SILLY SEASONS
It's almost that time again when we make our annual pilgrimage to the
Capital of Country Music to catch up with old friends over a beer and
to make new ones in the toilet queue. Amazing who you can meet in that
narrow hallway... and the stories you hear! Look out for the book
"Tales from a Tamworth Toilet" - a gutwrenching read.
But before we descend on that beloved city, it's off to wonderful
Woodford forAustralia's largest festival. Six days and nights,
mornings and afternoons of festivities: music and masked balls, film
and forums, circus and comedy, poets and plenty of pints of BEER. Lead
us to the Guinness bar! Tickets for the festival are only available
online and will sell out, so get them early.
Back to Tamworth gigs. This coming festival will be all over bar the
shouting (your shout that is!) for us after the first weekend as we
only have four shows.
We'll be kickstarting our festival at the Goonoo Goonoo Room at the
Longyard on Saturday afternoon. Somewhere you can sit down and enjoy
the show with a kick ass sound system and plenty of room to table
dance if the urge takes you (not much room up front I'm afraid).
Tickets $18 available at the door.
Then we're off to the Family Hotel on Saturday night where you'll have
ample opportunity to kick up your heels and get showered in our sweat
in the process. Thong slappers are most welcome! Bring along your best
open footwear for a chance to win our fabulous Flip Flop Fashion
Award. Get creative!(best bring those boring shoes as well in case
dress regs don’t allow this classy footwear) There’ll be a few more
surprises as well. It's only a small venue so pre-sold ticket holders
best get there early so we can seat you first, then it'll be whoever
we can fit in after that. Tickets can be purchased from Tourism
Tamworth on 02 67675300 or online at www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au $10
pre-sale or $15 at the door.
Back to the Family on Sunday night for our showcase of Northern
Territory talent, "Crocs and Cyclones". I'm sure you'll be blown away
by the awesome Neil Murray, and the talented Tom Curtain will have you
smiling like a snappy handbag! Other guests include Martin Oakes, Matt
Scullion, Jackie Izod, 2005 Telstra road to Tamworth finalist Jessica
Mauboy and 2006 Tamworth CMAA College Graduate Marcus Meier and of
course the Cowgirls. Phew, what a night. Doors open at 7pm and the
show starts at 7.30pm sharp, so get in and get your bums on seats
early. Tickets $10 presale from Tourism Tamworth or $15 at the door.
A new one for us this year will be our "Cowgirls and Friends" night at
the Tamworth City Bowlo on Monday night. We had a great show there
last year and it was such a fantastic small intimate venue, we thought
it would be ideal for an up close and personal kind of thing where we
can invite all our musically talented friends up for a bit of a
singalong (maybe even some talented in other areas as well?!). They
were all in the audience last year so it makes sense to get them up
and do something rather than just sitting on their bums heckling us!
Come dressed as your favourite Cowgirl/boy, a great opportunity to
dust off those sequined chaps and six shooters! Keep your eye on our
gigs page for updates on who'll be there.
Aside from Woodford and Tamworth, we have a few more festivals over
the coming months and hopefully we’ll be back to a few of our old
haunts in between.
Thankyou to all of you who have been supporting us over the years by
coming to our gigs, buying our CD (and beers for us), putting us up on
your couch, requesting our songs on radio and playing our music.
Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! We love you all. Keep it up and we’ll be
saying move over Dolly and Shania before they can say Toe Sucking
Cowgirls Thirteen Thongs!!!
We hope you all have a fantastic Xmas and New Year and, fingers
crossed, next year will bring peace and prosperity to everyone… or at
least a few good parties!
Keep on sucking what you like best…BEER?! See you at the bar!
Tracey and Gleny
www.woodfordfolkfestival.com for more details
- Upcoming dates for TOE
Thurs 13th – Mindil Markets, Darwin, NT 7.30-9pm
Sat 15th – The Groove, Nightcliff, NT 9-11pm Tickets $15 Bookings
Sun 16th – “MINI MUSTER” at Katherine Golf and Country Club, Katherine
1-8pm (fundraiser for Kerry Diehm) With Red Hot Poker Dots, Kate
Oliver, Jimbo the Clown, facepainters, sausage sizzle, raffles,
Country Music Trivia Quiz plus LOTS more.
Gold coin donation. More info 0416196525.
- “It’s impossible not to love the TOE
SUCKING COWGIRLS. These girls are out to make you feel good, with an
irresistible combination of good music, jokes, Aussie irreverence and
They’re proud Territorians – their hard drinking, straight telling,
joke laden live shows are testimony to that. And their music has the
same feel – honest, Australian and a whole lot of fun.” Susan Jarvis
Media and radio that don't yet have a copy of our new cd "Thirteen
Thongs" contact us and we'll get one to you asap!
Sweat, Songs and "Thirteen Thongs"
- Gidday all!
Well, it’s been a good couple of months since the Cowgirls have
seen any road action, and I must say we have been enjoying home sweet
home and all it’s trimmings…the same bed every night (with the same
bloke sometimes), having a vege garden with lots of herbs, somewhere
to put all the junk (boxes and boxes of cowgirls CDs), having children
(furry 4 legged ones), starting a wine cellar (that one seems to be
taking some time as the wine doesn’t seem to last long enough to make
it to the cellar!). It’s also nice to have a spare bed handy for all
of you that have put us up (and put up with us) in case your ever up
Daly River way and need a camping spot, or a spare couch at Gleny’s
place if your visiting Brunswick Heads.
Regardless of us not being on the road, cowgirl stuff still needs to
be attended to and our album, Thirteen Thongs, needs to be shoved at
radio people and the like to get our music out there (and move some
units from under the bed!) We’ve had some really great reviews (see
our website) and some fantastic radio DJs out there have been giving
the album a good work out on their turntables – a BIG thank-you to all
of you who have played our CD on your show.
If there are any radio folk that don’t yet have a copy of our album
and you’d like to add it to your stations library, drop us a line and
we’ll get a copy out to you asap.
Also for all you listeners, please call up your local radio station
and request our songs. If they haven’t heard of us, tell them they’re
missing out on some great new Aussie talent, and if they don’t have
the album, tell them to contact us and we’ll send them one! How can we
achieve world domination if no-one is playing our music?!
Work on the website is happening, though a little slowly. New stuff
just added includes reviews of both of our CDs on the HAVE A LISTEN
page, a couple of new photos (with more to come on a gallery page.)
Still got heaps to do but please be patient with me, I’m still on my
Well we’ve got a couple of gigs coming up for all you Darwin and
Katherine mob, or for anyone passing through in October. (See the
dates at the bottom of this mail-out.)
- One not to miss will be the Mini Muster
in Katherine with our mates the Red Hot Poker Dots. It’s a fundraiser
for Kerry Diehm, of whom some of you will know from all her tireless
work with the Katherine Muster over the last 5 years. Recently Kerry
was diagnosed with lung cancer, and while the outlook is very
positive, the ongoing treatment has been a major drain on the family
resources. Gleny came up with the idea when she realized the Poker
Dots would be touring through Katherine at the same time as the
Cowgirls. It’ll be an ideal chance for people to come together in
support for a woman who has done a great deal for country music in the
Territory and to have some fun at the same time. It’ll be a gold coin
donation but you are allowed to put more in the bucket if you’re
feeling generous - and we hope you will be! There’ll be raffles and a
Country Music Trivia Quiz for those of you who want to test your
musical knowledge with prizes including CDs and merchandise from
Australian country music artists. Jimbo the Clown and face-painters
will be there to keep the kids out of your hair (and your beer). So
all in all it’s going to be a great day.
Aside from that we’ll be doing a short stint at Mindil Markets as a
warm up to our only Darwin Show at the Groove on Sat 15th. It’s only a
small venue so book early.
So far next year looks promising with Woodford Folk Festival over the
New Year, then Tamworth for 4 shows in Jan and a couple more festivals
and gigs in the pipeline. We’ll update you as we get confirmation. We
hope you’re all enjoying the spring weather or getting hot and sweaty
(in the best possible way!) if you’re up North like us. Thanks to you
all for hangin’ in there while we have an extended break, we’ve
definitely needed one! See you at the next gig where we’ll be
refreshed and back into it with all the Cowgirl energy and enthusiasm
we can muster. If you can’t wait that long - our new CD Thirteen
Thongs will have you dancing around the bedroom. Keep on spreading the
word and requesting songs from Thirteen Thongs on your local radio
station and we WILL have world domination, but only with your help.
Keep on sucking, trucking, bucking…?!
Tracey and Gleny
Gidday all! (time to start talking aus)
Well we’ve got our new cd “Thirteen Thongs” out and it’s been
selling like bomb shelters in Baghdad. We’ve been getting some good
airplay all over the country and even overseas…we made number 30 on
the charts in Toronto! And that was with our last cd “Flamin Sheilas”;
wait till they get Thirteen Thongs. Thanks to Elizabeth Burroughs from
Austrade who passed a cd onto Ron Burd at CUI FM Radio Toronto. Hit
Country in Geelong have our single Winds of Change on high rotation
and we’ve been having a bit of fun with a couple of djs from the
station, Ron Cockell (pronounced Cerkell, be careful now!) and Kevin
Wilson who we met at Whittlesea. Thanks to all the radio folk that
have been playing our single on the NfS 93 compilation. If you’d like
a copy of the album, please get in touch as we’d be more than happy to
send one out to you.
At Tamworth this year we showcased our new cd and the musicians
playing on it, the awesome Ray ‘Papa Bear’ Cullen on pedal steel and
Lindsay Martin on fiddle and mandolin as well as the usual suspects,
Sam ‘Bobcat’ Martin on double bass and Grant ‘Hotrod’ Bedford on
standup snare. What a rockin’ band! It was something different for us
having only the 3 shows instead of the usual 10 or 12. It meant we
could put on the best possible show for all our gigs instead of dying
in the ass halfway through, losing our voices and our brains! Also
having a cover charge was a bit of a risk with all the free shows that
are on offer in Tamworth, but we’re happy to say we had great crowds
at all our gigs! Thanks to everyone that came along and coughed up the
10 bucks, we hope we gave you value for money.
The Territory night was a huge success for the 3rd year in a row. A
sellout crowd was entertained by Warren Williams and Gus Williams and
family, Matt scullion, Martin Oakes, Tony Sergeant, Kate Oliver and
many other talented territorians. Karen O’shea came down in between
her Bella commitments and showed us all why she won a golden guitar
with that beautiful voice. Congratulations Karen. Then the charismatic
Tom Curtain finished the night, albeit a little shorter than we
expected due to the Tonight Shows lack of patience and courtesy (we
apologize to all of you who expected to see us perform again after
Tom). Nevertheless it was a great night and always gives us something
to be proud of.
The City Bowlo was a new gig for us but proved to be something pretty
special. A small intimate atmosphere and a great sound system made it
a great venue to get up and personal with the crowd, though the smell
emanating from the front row made me wish I was playing at the SCG!
AND I blamed it on our bass player and drummer! Sorry guys, no wonder
it got stronger the further I moved away from you. I thought I could
let rip, but whoever you are, I hand over the trophy!! Also drink
prices were very reasonable…you could actually get fairly pissed for
under 20 bucks, something unheard of in Tamworth these days. Thanks
Terry for having us, we’ll be back.
The Longyard was another great gig. We were very fortunate to have
bumped into an old mate of mine from New Orleans, Mike West, who was
in Tamworth with his partner Katie Euliss. We invited them up to do a
guest spot at our shows so that they could get a bit more exposure and
get their fantastic songs out there. As they were setting up the crowd
looked a little uneasy and when we introduced them the applause was a
little restrained. I’m sure they were all thinking ‘whose this long
haired hippy guy with the scruffy clothes and the hillbilly gal with
tattoos all over playing a washtub, have these girls had too much
sun?!!’. Halfway through their first song, the crowd went wild! These
guys could play the banjo and gutbucket bass like the devil himself!
They definitely won a whole legion of new fans that day. For those of
you who missed them check them out at
buy a cd, it’ll be the best one you buy this year (aside from Thirteen
Thongs that is).
We had a bit of fun at the Family Hotel on the last Sat with a few
songs and thongs. Sorry to the woman I hit in the head with an
airborne double plugger! Must practice that over arm chuck a bit more!
Thanks to Karen Lynn and some of Acoustic Shock that got up in our
break and played some beautiful bluegrass songs. We love having our
awesomely talented friends as part of our show. We finished the night
off with an all star cast up on stage including Steve McCloud on dobro,
Nigel Lever on mandolin and a bloke that jumped up out of the audience
that started slappin the pair of thongs he won in the beergut comp
like a professional percussionist. He even counted us in!!
Thanks to everyone for coming and making our shows such a success and
for buying our cd and having as much fun as we do. Keep it up!
Since Tamworth we’ve been to Sydney for a show at the Empire with the
Remains and Truckstop Honeymoon which was HUGE! Them Re-Mains sure
know how to play that country rock and roll. Then up to the Clarendon
in Katoomba and the Heritage in Bulli with Richard Steel. Thanks
Richard for some beautiful steel guitar playing.
Last weekend was Whittlesea Country Music Festival and the Victorian
Country Music Awards. The first time we’ve performed at any awards,
and we didn’t get pissed and fall off the stage…well almost. We had a
ball! Congrats to all the winners and the runneruppers as you need
them for there to be a winner. The festival was fantastic fun; thanks
to all the organizers…you did a bloody good job of looking after us.
Saturday was a bit cold for us Northerners, but we know to pack our
thermals for any excursion into the Deep South. The red wine kept us
very toasty as well. Thanks Phil. Thanks to Andrew Embling for being
such a great emcee, and we thought we could spout endless bullshit…you
take the cake mate. We love you! Also to Merle and Graham Gillis for
getting us down there and all the behind the scenes crew, Sean, Dave
and Sheena. You guys ROCK! We hope to see you again for another party.
Phew, having a bit of a break now. I'm down here in Eurongilly
renovating an old jailhouse and stirring up the rat carcasses under
the floorboards and the ghosts (I kid you not; they’ve been fairly
active in the door slamming at night!). Gleny’s back up in Brunswick
Heads getting ready to start uni to get her Dip Ed so she can teach
music out in the remote communities of the Top End. Got a few more
gigs and festivals before we take a break in May till the end of the
year, so if you want to catch us before Tamworth next year, now’s your
chance. Thanks again to everyone for supporting us by coming to our
gigs, buying our cds, requesting your favourite song to be played by
your local radio dj and for having lots of laufhs with us. Keep on
Cheers and beers
Tracey, Gleny and the blokes Sam and Grant
ps if you want to get hold of our cd you can now get it straight off
the website. Thanks Malcolm at indie-cds for setting us up.
- The Borderers and The
The Borderers and The Towsucking Cowgirls are now selling all
their CDs and DVDs
online through http://www.indie-cds.com the Australian independent
They also sell for a number of other acts,
including Karen Lynne, Pat Drummond, The Lawnmowers,
Andrew Clermont, Fred Pribac, Peter Hicks, Coyote Serenade.
Other news: The Borderers DVD is out now and we have it in stock. The
Toesucking Cowgirls new Release was launched at Tamworth and they have
and are taking orders for delivery.
- Tale from Nymagee
- Yeeharr! Just one more weekend of gigs
and the silly season will be upon us. Then Tamworth Country Music
Festival will only be around the corner and we’ll have our brand
spankin’ new cd Thirteen Thongs with us. Produced by Richard Pleasance
( Paul Kelly, Jimmie Little, Archie Roach, Debra Conway) and featuring
the sugary pedal-steel of Ray Cullen and mandolin by Lindsay Martin,
it contains thirteen new tracks with something for everyone…bluegrass,
swing, polka, blues, ballads and bawdy tales of lust, liquor and life
on the road. We’ll be launching Thirteen Thongs at Tamworth at only
four shows, including the famous Territory Night, so you’ll want to be
early as past shows have been chockers!
This year we’ll be showcasing another of our friends, fantastic
singer/songwriter Tonchi Macintosh. For those of you who have never
heard his songs, you’re in for a real treat. We met Tonchi at Nymagee
Folk Festival in October where along with Neil Murray, Glen Scuthorpe,
Country Generations(Canada),Todd Williams, The Re-Mains and a cast of
fellow party animals, we had an absolute hoot of a time! Neil
entertained us on the first night with his knee knockin’ accordion
playing and fiddle sawing at the after gig piss-up. We hope someone
got footage of that classic moment. Talk about laugh... we nearly wet
Sat night was an awesome dance fest with the Re-Mains finishing off a
great day with some good ole country rock and roll. At one point in
the gig Sean aka Uncle Uncle Burnin Love aka the Inanimate Object Dry
Rooter (banjo) went walkabout somewhere so Wardy (drums) took up the
banjo and started dancing with it. Then sometime later Sean came
flying back up on stage and got on the drums. Very versatile mob them
Re-mains…wonder what Sean was up to? Got back to our digs for a couple
of quiet beverages and found the whole festival in full on party mode
spilling out of every doorway! We had one of the clowns (the face
painted variety) in our face screaming at us she needed red wine,
gotta have red wine, have you got some red wine. Then when we’d dug
around for the hidden stash and found the cask, by the time we got
back to her she’d passed out. Obviously didn’t really need any more
red wine! There was a session going on in every room and people were
passing out on every available bed, table, floor, until it ended up
being a sea of bodies. At some point a few of us decided to go for a
walk up the old slag heap, which at the time seemed like a great idea
until the reality of barbed wire fences that bite and sharp rocks that
chew holes in your expensive cowboy boots, and flimsy short dresses in
5 degree temperatures made the exercise a little bit stupid. Oh well,
the sunrise was pretty specky from there. Only problem, we had a gig
in a few hours time! We made it, only just. Luckily the audience, all
5 of them, were probably as hung over as we were. We were heading to
the bar after the gig (nothing like a cold beer at 11am to take you
right back to where you were the night before…drunk again!) when Sambo
flew past on an extremely little mini bike(peewee 50). Apparently he
just stole it off some little kid (he said borrowed). Anyway it was
the funniest sight, knees sticking out the sides fully decked out in
cowboy hat and jeans tucked into cowboy boots, ripping around the
festival site! Go Sambo!!
Sunday night ended with us, Tonchi and the Re-Mains doing a mega all
on stage together finale for the last few songs. What a great weekend.
Thanks Jay for all the hard work and putting together a ripper of a
Since Nymagee we’ve been to Adelaide, Canberra, Nowra, Melbourne,
Maldon, Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Tanami Desert, Alice Springs
and Majors Creek…PHEW! I thought we were having a quieter year this
year. Anyway all those gigs have amazing stories but will have to be
put into another mailout or a book or else come up and have a beer
with us the next time we’re in your neighbourhood and we’ll tell you a
few. We’d like to thank everyone that has helped us out, whether by
buying our cd or a few beers for the band, bringing all your friends
and family to our gigs or by requesting our songs on your favourite
radio program. Every little bit helps as we’re still doing everything
Look out for the new website, hopefully up in a couple of weeks - just
waiting on the new cd artwork. Also the first single “Winds of Change”
off the new album will be out on the December issue of NfS (a
compilation cd that goes out to all the Country Music Radio
programmers) so call up your local radio station and request it and
we’ll be on top of the charts in no time!? Gotta keep on dreaming! See
you at the next gig. Keep on sucking…
Tracey and Gleny and the blokes, Sambo and Grant.
- AT LAST!! The Cowgirls are going into the studio to start work
on their NEW
CD.about bloody time some would say! Though in our defence I will say
been pretty busy gallivanting around the countryside as usual. The
couple of months have seen us at the National Folk Festival, The Man
Snowy River Bush Festival and a tour starting from Melbourne back up
Darwin via the Flinders Ranges. For those of you who are only
where we're performing next, scroll down to the bottom of the page, as
much has happened, it's hard to condense it into a few sentences.
if you want to know all the juicy bits.
Where do I start to tell you? As usual I'm having a bit of trouble
The National Folk Fest was fantastic. We caught up with heaps of muso
friends and people from all over the place. Gleny made the session
camping spot after the first night, though I don't think a lot of
was had. However I did notice a few people taking advantage of the
room to catch a few zzz's under a table. on top of the table.sitting
drinks still in their hand. halfway through a tune, chin on accordian!
one show we couldn't make but Busty Springfield and Bunny Riot stepped
and did us proud with a guest appearance by Guy Sebastian on double
the crowd went mild!!! Look out for further guest artists giving a
Our bass player Sam Martin was once again the center of attention,
though we pick on him onstage at every possible chance. He had more
than you could poke a stick at, throwing themselves at him. It must
sympathy factor?! It couldn't have anything to do with his good looks
boyish charm, could it girls? Anyway, looks like we'll have to put
blokes in our next lot of promo photos, so our website doesn't keep
choked up with emails asking us why Sam's not in the ones we have
About time, as they're both now permanent members of the Cowgirls.
those of you who got confused with our last mailout referring to
it's not the barefoot one from the Blues Cowboys but our drummer Grant
'HotRod' Bedford from Murwillumbah.
On the road again (I wish I'd written that song!)
From Melbourne, Murwillumbah, Eurongilly and Canberra the Cowgirls
up their gear and hit the highway in Bessie the Bovan and took to the
in Mabel the Marvelous Flying Machine, heading for Parachilna and the
Beltana Outback Ball.
Deb Thorsen from Cinnabar Productions in Adelaide, came up to
with her sidekicks Will and Andy to start filming a documentary on us
hopefully will end up making us all rich and famous?! .a girl can
can't she. Anyway, it was pretty weird having a camera in your face
every minute of the day. Thank god they didn't follow us into the
all I can say, especially after a weekend of eating Feral Food at the
Prairie Hotel. Fantastic meals.emu pate, buffalo sausages, roo
goat curry, but the consequences were highly offensive. We felt sorry
the cleaners of the blokes' dunnies! Did some up close and personal
interview footage in Brachina Gorge and an acoustic version of
which was pretty difficult with a million flies wanting to get down
throat and up your nose. Some more great footage was taken of Gleny
the boys ties for the Beltana Ball out of XXXX Gold cartons. Absolute
of art, best looking ties at the whole Ball. Then there was the
Gleny trying to put false eyelashes on for the first time while Sam
Stephan the hairdresser with her hair, both ending up complete
Finally all frocked up, we were off to the Ball for a night of
the locals. It was a drunken mess of taffeta and tiaras by the time we
there. Amazing how quickly a girl can go from princess to porn queen
few rums down her throat. Got some great stuff of Sam trying to pick
the yawning of the girls after 20 minutes of him dribbling in their
Nice work Sambo! Grunter managed to get himself hooked up. on the
wire fence as he was running for the bus home! Though he did milk the
on his hand for all it was worth over the whole weekend! Sunday
Anzac Day, and the next gig at 11am is at Leigh Creek Tavern, 60kms
road. Gleny staggers out at 9am to search for Bessie the Bovan, when
realizes it's still 30kms down the road at Beltana, and begins to
Sambo was hustled out of bed and there was a mad dash to get the van,
back, load up the gear and drive to the gig. Not a happy Cowgirl.
can say is, thankyou to whoever invented Bloody Marys. And thanks to
fellas playing pool who entertained us all morning with their sagging
tracky-daks and trucker butts! Back to Parachilna for the recovery
gig, followed by an epic jam session around the fire with locals,
staff and half a dozen guitars. Thanks Jane, Ross and all the staff
fantastic weekend. See you in September for The Beltana Picnic Races!
Piling into Bessie, Gleny, Sam and Grant hit the road (and half the
population) on the way to the next gig at Curtin Springs. Luckily, she
sustained minor injuries to her left eyeball(Bessie that is,not Gleny).
Andrew, Deb and I flew in Mabel and arrived at Curtin Springs minutes
Bessie.leaving a day later! Hosts Ashley and Peter Severin put on a
BBQ, and the staff added to our show with belly slides on the tables.
the usual dance floor antics!
Back on the road for the ground crew and off to Tennant Creek, where
caught up with our mate Jimbo doing his standup at the Tennant Creek
His talent quest really showed the true colours of the Tennant locals,
the outright winner was the publican from across the road who
new method of consuming tequila. He snorted the line of salt, sculled
tequila then squeezed the lemon in his eye (apparently this is called
Stuntman). Then his son proceeded to drink a nip of vodka..through
nose! They breed em tough out there!(or stupid?)
Then it was off to Katherine for the Country Music Muster and a get
with the rest of us, who flew up the day before. With the likes of
Sensitive New Age Cowpersons, Sara Storer, Wayne Law, Billy Bridge and
Gatorbait to name but a few of the artists, it was the best muster
Thanks to the committee for putting on such a great show. Way too
happened to tell you here, as I've gone on long enough, but you can
stories out of us at the next gig.
As for our next gigs, during June we'll be in Hepburn Springs in
doing our recording with Richard Pleasance at his studio out in the
(and freezing our little butts off!) and will only be doing a couple
shows around that area(see below). Then the next gigs won't be till
September when we go back to the Prairie for the Beltana Picnic Races-
must do on your racing/social calendar. Then hopefully a few festivals
we'll let you know about closer to the date. Thanks to everyone who
us out on this last tour (which will be our last in a very long
coming along to our gigs, buying us beer,(and our stubby coolers and
telling your mates about us and having as fun a time as what we do.
all around at the next gigs or out and about somewhere. Keep on
beer, lollipops, toes?....
Tracey and Gleny
(oh and those other blokes too)
- yeeharr! we're back in Katherine ready
to launch ourselves into another
weekend of music and drinking, catching up with old friends and making
ones no doubt. Katherine Country Muster is about to get under way and
before we get carried away in all the mad partying we thought we'd
all a quick note to let you know we'll be in Darwin next Friday night
venue: THE GROOVE
address: NIGHTCLIFF Shopping Centre
time: 8 pm till LATE
cost: $10 bucks ... CHEAP!!
next show in Darwin: NEXT YEAR!
Plenty of stories from the last week of touring from Parachilna to
with our doco crew as well as goss from the nationals coming up in a
newsletter when we get time to scratch ourselves and sober up! hope
you in Darwin where you can get all the news in a more personal
manner...with one of us sitting on your lap spilling beer on you as we
unfold stories from the road in a slurring voice complete with rum and
breath. keep on sucking and we'll write again soon. cheers and lots
Tracey and Gleny and Sam and Grunter
(thought we'd better mention the boys as they've become a permanent
- Hey ya'all, sorry to have to let you know that our sydney gigs
cancelled. hopefully we'll make it back there later this year. also
Desanti just reminded me we have an article in the latest trad and now
magazine for those of you interested in a bit of quality reading
- Hey ya'all, after a month of dusty Riverina paddocks chasing
I'm back up in Katherine for a few weeks of getting seriously rained
first time I've seen the Katherine River in it's full glory. Gleny is
flitting between Melbourne and Sydney fiddling with the likes of
Rob Lucky and will be heading up to North NSW with Matt Sculllion for
short tour before the Cowgirls kick off another month of gigs.
Tamworth seems so long ago now but i must thank all of you who turned
our gigs despite the media sensationalism regarding the floods. we
to paddle out onto our street and take some photos of Bessie the bovan
her belly in water. Gleny thought she'd chuck her thong into a
the side of the road to watch it go round and round. great fun till
to retrieve it and it got sucked down into the culvert never to be
again! maybe someone ended up with it on their doorstep in the camping
As usual we drank too much and didn't get enough sleep but with so
people to catch up with and so much partying to be done, sleep could
Had a great time with the Barra blokes and managed to get them dressed
frocks for one of our gigs. We told them it was a special drag night
that our blokes were going to frock up too. Only thing was, the Barras
turned up in frocks and our blokes hadn't dressed up yet... in fact no
bloke there had frocks on! They thought we'd conned them into it to
embarrass them in front of a huge crowd. But then after the break our
blokes Sam, Grant, Ray and special guest Lindsay Martin, all came down
back stairs in full regalia including some lovely wigs which made
Philly feel a bit underdressed! Then Kenny Jo Blake and mates decided
join in...boys just love a chance to put a skirt on. We're thinking of
putting on a special Frock Night next year and maybe getting the
sing a few girly songs too? Let us know what you think, would you don
frock for a night with the cowgirls? Anyway, lots of fun to be had by
Other highlights included Gleny getting the audience to guess the
the back of her knickers, with a big flash to the crowd to confirm the
answer. Nearly gave a couple of old blokes in the front row a
She was doing anything to promo her new naked bass player calendar,
one away to the correct guesser. Anyone that wants to get hold of a
which has our young bass player Sam as Mr July, drop us an email.
limited edition and i think she only has a few left.
Speaking of merchandise, we also had some stubby coolers with the cow
cd cover on them but sold them out so fast we had people asking us if
could get them after the festival. YES YOU CAN. We've had another
done so drop us a line if you would like to purchase one for a mere 10
bucks. Well that's about all I can remember at the moment, must stop
excessive drinking one day so I can remember all the things i do,
thoughts it's probably better that i don't remember some of the things
Got a few festivals in April before we head back up to Katherine again
the Muster (see the dates listed below). We'll be having a doco crew
us in Parachilna to travel up with us, so those of you who don't want
mug on telly better stay home. No seriously, we would love to see all
you at a gig if we're in your neighbourhood. And for those of you who
love to see a doco of the cowgirls on TV, write or call up your local
station and tell them. Or else let us know if you have friends that
be interested in it.
We'll be heading back overseas in August to try our luck in Edinburgh
(and to get into some serious drinking with all our mates!) those of
over there that get this mailout, let us know if your going to be
we can come and hunt you down.
Well that's about it, hope you all survived Tamworth and are still
like today's your last (as you should be). Thanks again for all your
and all the little things like bringing friends to a gig or requesting
song on your local radio station. It alll helps us get back to your
neighbourhood to say gidday and play a few tunes. Keep on sucking(
rum, chupa chups, toes.....) Cheers
Tracey and Gleny
ps. a few of these dates are yet to be confirmed but will let you know
soon as we can.
- hey ya'all. Merry Christmas and all that stuff. hope you all have a
one but save a little bit of energy for the Tamworth Country Music
cause this next ones gonna be a big one. we've got 11 gigs in 10 days
the odd guest spot with our friends in other bands AND trying to fit
the partying as well! if your trying to decide which gigs to come to
not all), don't miss our showcase night of territory talent on sat
the family hotel. for those of you that came to our last one you'll
get there early and save yourself a front row seat as it was chockers,
people sitting all the way up the staircase and hanging out the door.
year we'll be introducing some new up and coming talent as well as
territory faves. also while we're on the tamworth subject, we've been
nominated in the Tiara Awards for best instrumental... these things
cease to amaze us! we won't have a new cd out in time for tamworth
year but will be bringing along some T/shirts and stubby coolers.
limited stock so first in best dressed(and coolest beer holder)!
the last few months has seen us taking a bit of a break as we've both
decided that non-stop touring is detrimental to the health ( and the
life!) so we hit the road for one month in November to do a couple of
festivals and pubs. it was our first time at Maldon Folk fest and we
ball, despite the freezing cold. thanks to all the punters that turned
our kangaroo hotel beer garden gig, it was so cold i couldn't feel my
fingers so who knows what chords were coming out. they got a bit
in the strings a few times so big thanks to Jody Martin for being
the bandaids when the blood started flowing. we met lots of new
saw heaps of amazing musos. thanks to mike and lynda and all the
for a great festival and congratulations on turning 30.
the gig at the Cornish Arms with Git and King Curly was great fun and
a mad friend from the territory (love you Deb) stuffing the beers into
and doing a grand job of playing the ice scoops. better sound than
spoons, more reminiscent of cowbells!
the Lomond was as packed as usual and we had our new found friend Emma
doing a spot of Appalachian Stomp dancing with us. she did such a
job she inspired a couple in the audience, Andrew and Marilyn to show
few classy moves. we love great dancers, so don't be shy!
then it was off to Majors creek for Music at the Creek festival.
Bill Arnett for being our MC for the whole festival, you never cease
impress us with your fabulous dress sense, though Gleny was a bit
when she copped a full frontal as the wind caught your sarong outside
marquee! i was a bit miffed at your guiness stain being a lot bigger
mine, i'll be trying harder next year. thanks Sue for having us back
a ball as usual.
then we had a huge night in canberra with the fuellers at Toast where
everyone got into the spirit of hootin and a hollerin and dancing up a
storm. hope we get to do that one again soon.
the Merry Muse was a bit of a quiet one due to the rugby. boy that
planning on our behalf. even sorrier when aus lost. oh well you can't
Sydney had us up in Penrith for the first time at Crawdaddys Quarters
was a nice surprise to perform to a seated audience, even if the front
ended up asleep across a couple of chairs ( 2 of glenys' sisters kids
couldn't quite make it through the gig) thanks Bryen for all your hard
on getting a great venue up and running out west.
our last gig was at our fave Sydney haunt the Botany View. we had a
of friends help us out, including Jimbo who did a bit of stand up in
sets. some found it a little on the confronting side but i noticed
people having a chuckle even if they were saying it was a bit rude.
great to have Glenys friend Brad back, with his clarinet this time,
it up for a few tunes in the last set. the audience went wild!
jazz, now there's a concept. thanks to Tania who was filming the night
pitch to help get a doco of us touring from the Flinders in SA to
WA. if anyone knows someone with lots of money that wants to help
great film, just let us know. we'd even put them into a scene or
maybe the croc catching one!
that's about all I can think of but you can come up and have a yarn at
and we'll tell you all the gory details of what we've been up to.
again for all your help in getting our name out there. keep on
our music on radio and bringing your friends down to a gig. every
bit helps. see you in Tamworth, cheers and keep on sucking
Tracey and Gleny
- Howdy ya'all, it's been quite some time since we've written
what we've been up to. That's because we've been taking a bit of a
Our last gig was at the end of May up here in Darwin, so we've both
plenty of time to get our teeth into other projects. Gleny's been
with The Duanes, The Phenomenal Reverse Brothers and Gatorbait and
hoot playing all over the country. I've (Tracey) been off overseas
Lindsay Martin, a fantastic fiddle and mandolin player who's worked
likes of Barramundi Brothers, Enda Kenny, Furry Animals and Fiddlers
Festival to name but a few. The UK tour was a promo for the Toe
Cowgirls, and Lindsay stepped in to fill Glenys shoes at the last
to Gleny being exhausted from our last tour in Oz. And he filled her
extremely well. After the audiences initial shock of the fiddle player
the long curly blonde hair being a bloke (I heard people making
about the poster and how different Gleny looked!) and after his corny
and tales of Australia (did you hear the price of sheep has gone up in
Zealand.it's up to $5 an hour) they were enthralled (or was that
dumbfounded?) I had a hard time getting him on to the next song!
though he had them all in stitches and there were always a few down
front sitting with their mouths open when he launched into a fiddle or
mandolin solo. The gigs were all small pubs and theatres, which gave
heaps of opportunities to get up close and personal, though I'm not
that was appreciated by all. Especially if we'd had a big feed of
the night before or hadn't had time for a shower. I mentioned going
have a Pommy bath (an ozzie expression for a wash over the sink) to
the publicans, and he didn't know what I was talking about until I
him in. I don't think he saw the funny side. Anyway, met heaps of
people and played some great venues, some of our favourites were:
- Stainsby Festival. This is where Lindsay was in 7th heaven, they had
favourite beer, Timothy Taylors Landlord in barrels behind the bar.
Unfortunately he had to drive so he couldn't indulge as much as he
to. Probably the only time he couldn't! We were the opening act on a
stage and had a great time kick starting the festival.
- "The Pilot" in Maidstone. Lawrence the publican joined us, and all
new muso friends, for a huge jam on stage after our gig that went on
the wee hours. The pub being so small, there was hardly any room for
-"Dean Arts Centre" in Gloucester. A great spot out in the middle of a
forest where we played to a group of 30 or so in a small old stone
hall, very intimate.
-"The Meadow House" in Berwick on Tweed. These guys really know how to
after you. The first time I've drunk Guinness out of a 2 litre stein!
Thanks to all the folks at these fantastic places for all your
We'll be back!!
A BIG thanks also to Ken and Margret Waud and all the clan, who took
and looked after us like we were family, taking us sightseeing,
pointing us to the best local English ales. To Dave Blosse, awesome
guitarist/songwriter who took over from Lindsay for the last 3 gigs,
Trader Bay for hanging out and playing great bluegrass music over
Now I'm back in Katherine trying to get rid of the beer gut and
ready to head south to get back together with Gleny for a month worth
gigs during Nov. We've both got a load of new songs that we'll be
on for the next cd, which we'll be doing sometime early next year.
got a bit drained with the tour to the UK so we haven't been able to
into the studio to release something this year. We're hoping to be
release it at the National Folk Festival, fingers crossed, and the
country Music Muster.
Well that's about all I can remember to waffle on about, though there
load more stories to tell of the trip overseas, which your bound to
a gig sometime. Tamworth is gearing up to be another BIG festival for
and we're looking forward to another huge party with some of you. Hope
all still having a yehaar of a time chasing your dreams and partying
Thanks again to everyone who has helped us out in any little way, your
Cheers and keep on sucking!
Tracey and Gleny
toe sucking cowgirls
- Gleny as Tambourine girl with Finn MacCool
- Tracey and Gleny
out and have the memories