Special moments in Country Music Capital

HEARING him sing Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends was possibly the highlight of my night on Tuesday at TRECC, but then again, every song Kris Kristofferson sang that night was a moment in time I’ll always treasure.

Knowing full well, this was more than likely “our last goodnight together” made it even more emotional.

And that was just one of many classics –  A Moment of Forever, Best of All Possible Worlds, Billy Dee, Casey’s Last Ride, Darby’s Castle, Don’t Cuss the Fiddle, Duvalier’s Dream, Feeling Mortal, For The Good Times, Help Me Make It Through The Night, If You Don’t Like Hank Williams, Jodie and the Kid, Loving Her Was Easier, Me and Bobby McGee, Nobody Wins, Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends, Silver-Tongued Devil, Sky King, Sunday Morning Coming Down, They Killed Him, Why Me  … the list was as endless as the artist’s generosity in sharing his creations with us.

I love how TRECC, as big, cold and cavernous as it is, can be transformed into that intimate mode with the use of black curtaining and seat configuration.

Thanks to Tamworth Regional Council, and in particular Peter Ross from Entertainment Venues, for ensuring this legend played Tamworth on his final world tour.

WHAT a beaut night we had at the Oasis last Saturday, celebrating 50 years of the iconic pub’s existence and 20 years since genial hosts Des and Joyce Gilfillan became the publicans.

There was cake, flowers and music, music and more music. It was a grand occasion for Des and Joyce with the whole family home to join the celebrations.

Gunnedah country artist Rex Baldwin was the featured act, backed up by his band of Rob Breese (lead guitar), Bluey Summers (drums) and Dan Manning on bass. 

THIS Easter long weekend why not jump in the car and venture out to Hartwood for some campfires and country music?

From Monday this week the campers and caravanners began pouring into the site on the Coolah Rd.

It’s about 160km from Tamworth – just a bunny hop, skip and a jump really – and the program is packed with some fabulous country entertainment.

Your congenial host – Paul McCloud and his lovely wife Hele – have come up with a star-studded program featuring Tania Kernaghan, Tom Maxwell, Wayne Horsburgh, Peter Horan, Rodney Vincent, Royden Donohue, Marie Hodson, Lindsay Waddington, Charley Boyter, Jamie Davis, Laura Downing and compere Barry Williams, who’ll keep the show moving along nicely.

For the full weekend, a ticket will cost you $110 (with free camping facilities thrown in) and for non-camping day visitors (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) it’s just $30 per day for adults and children are admitted free.

When you head out there, don’t forget your folding chair and torch and if you take your pet along, it must be kept on a leash.

IF YOU’RE chasing a little Easter country music, why not pop in to the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame on Easter Monday for Country in the Courtyard.

Regular host Kevin Harris will introduce guest artists Backtrakkin (Trevor and Margaret) along with local artists who will sing a tune or two in the Smoky Dawson Theatrette.

It’s a monthly event designed to get people inside the museum, where you will find a treasure trove of country music memorabilia.

For just $5 you can be entertained with some acoustic country and before you leave, enjoy a cuppa and some light refreshments with the volunteers who help preserve our heritage.

It starts at 6.30pm at the Hall of Fame, which is diagonally opposite The Northern Daily Leader building in Brisbane St, between the Imperial Hotel and the Centrepoint car park.

HERE’S a date for your diary – July 3-6 is the Hats Off to Country Festival in Tamworth – the cuddliest winter country music festival around.

There are some fabulous acts about to be announced, so as soon as they are, you can start planning your dance card.

I’ll begin a series of Hats Off previews in this column shortly so we all know what we’re in for.

See you around the traps, folks, and have a great Easter … wherever you spend it.

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