Bush balladeer Tom McIvor is a finalist at the Gidgee Coals Awards.
Bush balladeer Tom McIvor is a finalist at the Gidgee Coals Awards. Kate Benedict

Bundaberg entertainer recognised at Gidgee Coals Awards

BUNDABERG'S Justin Standley would have been smiling broadly a week or so back with the news that his song Hard Easy was sitting at number four on the charts.

It moved into the top ten some time ago, but dropped to 34 in the top 40 until being the fastest mover, and jumping thirty places to nestle into fourth spot.

Justin has had other songs in the charts, but to my knowledge this is the highest spot he has reached. I have had no further listings since then, so let's hope that it scores number one.

Another Bundaberg entertainer who has reasons to feel proud of his achievement is Bruce Lavender.

The finalists in this years Gidgee Coals Awards have been announced, and Bruce is a finalist in four sections.

Following is a complete list of the finalists.

Album Of The Year Tom McIvor Pride Of Australia, Bruce Lavender Take Me Back, John Smith Murrumbidgee Mud, Male Vocal John Smith Old Axe Man, Terry Bennetts - Fitzroy River, Bruce Lavender Take Me Back In A Song Female Vocal Rachel Jillets Blue Gums Calling Me Back Home, Kylie Castle The Friend I Never Met, Sharon Heaslip The Drought Comedy/Novelty Tom McIvor Vegemite On Toast, Bruce Lavender Santa Claus Is A Cowboy John Smith Mailman's Mate, Song Writing Terry Bennetts/Keith Letbridge Fitzroy River, Bruce Lavender Old Bushmen Of Yesterday, Tom McIvor Tent Show Fighters Instrumental, Ray Pratley Rabbit Flats, Terry Bennetts Gnangara Sunset, Peter Salata Saddle In The Wind Group or Duo, Jed and Trudi Hintz Looks Like The Drought Has Broken, Gunbarrel Highwaymen Do It All Over Again, Sharon Heaslip and Keith Jameson Further Out.

Still on the local scene and a good crowd rolled up to CQ Leagues Club to take in the Evelyn Bury show, and they certainly were not disappointed with Evelyn cruising through a full program of country music, with maybe a couple of ring- ins thrown in as well, the show, as usual, was of a very high standard, which I suppose is only to be expected, when you combine Evelyn's talent with the undoubted ability of a backing group second to none.

What a combination Ross Anderson on two keyboards, Sibi Marano, on lead guitar, and pedal steel, no Grandma, not at the same time, and Peter Grech, doubling up on bass and rhythm, now Grandma, I've already answered that question.

What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, then home, settling down to watch a rugby league final. What more can anyone ask from life, especially if you are a Cowboys supporter?



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