The Ardlethan Country Music festival is a three day event held at the Ardlethan showground in April every year.

Ardlethan is a small country town located in the heart of the Riverina, 1hr north of Wagga Wagga and 1hr east of Griffith. Known as the home of the Kelpie, Ardlethan is a friendly, welcoming, fun-loving community with lots to offer visitors to the region.  

Available services include a FoodWorks Supermarket & bottleshop, Ariah 62 coffee shop, Ardlethan Bowling Club, Landmark rural supplies, Rellie's Rellics gift shop, Ardlee outback rustic & handmade treasures, Newsagents and Rod Mcdermotts electrical & whitegoods store.

Powered camp sites are available for the weekend at the showground (see Camping and accommodation tab for more info) Or if you'd prefer newly refurbished Motel rooms are available at the London Hotel Ardlethan. 

So, It doesn’t matter if your young or just young at heart,
a local or just passing through, Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a wide range country music, live at the showground over the 3 day event.

Our talent quest also runs over the weekend for all amateur singers wanting to try their luck at winning some great prizes, including prize money, recording time at Flying Fox Studios, a new guitar from Custom Music or one of our handmade kelpie dog trophies ....
Entry forms are available now!!





Featured Artists

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You wont be short of entertainment when you come and stay with us at the Ardlethan Country Music festival in April.

Over three fun filled days you will be entertained by a variety of professional artists, Buskers, storytellers and wowed by the talented amateurs competing at our annual talent quest.

Everyone keeps coming back, year after year, and in 2020 we promise to spoil you again with a great line up of live music.

See you there - BOOK YOUR CAMPSITE NOW!!!


Gayle O’NEIL

It all started on a borrowed guitar at the age of 8. Gayle got her very own @ 14 & never put it down. From those early homemade family concerts Gayle graduated to performing; as a teenager, at numerous charity dinners, church functions and weddings around her Central Coast NSW base.

2014 Saw Gayle take out the Silver Saddle Talent Quest at the Sydney Country Music Festival & Opened Main stage for the 2015 SCMF where she launched her Debut Album 'Rough Road' produced by Mik McCartin & Michael Muchow @ MDM studio. These talented Producers provided the exact amount of magic to each track & saw the Album reach Finalist status for the prestigious ICMA's for "Most Popular Album", Gayle also took out 2RRR & AAAMUSICLINX

"Best Independent Female Artist" in Tamworth 2017.

The latest single release "Lift My Spirits" (released on CRS 196 - 30/1/17) Hit # 13 on the Country Tracks Chart Australia & stayed in the charts for 5 weeks.

Known as a Vivacious Engaging Entertainer well known around Tamworth, Blue Water, Central Coast & Whittlesea Country music festivals, playing regular gigs around Central Coast, Sydney & The Riverina with her originals & also covering All the favourites.

Gayle continues to tour in her well known Tour Bus “Nothing else matters” with her “Roadie” by her side, while honing her skills & growing her fan base.

The Ardlethan Country Music Club are Excited to Welcome Back Gayle O’Neil again in 2020 after her outstanding festival performance in 2019 made her an outstanding crowd favourite.


1960 - Owen was born on the 22 March in Tumut, New South Wales, Australia, he is 10 minutes older than his twin brother Ian,

At the age of 5 or 6 they would learn little songs from their mother singing around the house and his sister who played a lot of 78 records, their parents encouraged Owen and Ian to sing their little ditty's for the manager and the overseer on the property Red Hill Station their father worked on.

Owen and Ian were paid 10 or 20 cents a song,

1976 - Owen first heard Yodelling in Canberra in Civic Mall playing on speakers outside a music shop. When he heard it he loved it and has been a Frank Ifield fan ever since. He bought the “She Taught Me How to Yodel” tape and took it home and tried it but couldn't do it yet.

1983 - First trip to Tamworth to have a look. He rode up on a Honda 750 motorbike and stayed for only two days but that was enough to inspire him to work harder on guitar and write more songs.

1985 – Released his first album on Selection “Snowy Mountain Yodeller”.

2003 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2004 - People’s Choice Awards – Best Heritage Song with “The Slim Dusty Show”.

2007 - Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards – Duo with Brian Letton with “Rolling Wagon”.

With an easy going personality, Owen has always been approachable by his ever increasing fans is what keeps him going.Featured in his show are impersonations of many well known artists. The most popular of these being Frank J Spencer: Described by many as the funniest and most energetic comedy act to come along in years.

Thanks To Our Sponsors

THANKYOU to The Old Bank Music Store, DUBBO for the Donation of the Overall Prize winners Guitar in 2018.

THANKYOU to The Old Bank Music Store, DUBBO for the Donation of the Overall Prize winners Guitar in 2018.

N arrandera, Wagga, Griffith Ph:0269622843

Narrandera, Wagga, Griffith Ph:0269622843

Ariah 62

Zatoma Transport

The Wood Family

The Popple FAmily

Beckom Hotel

Ardlethan Lions Club


The Ossie Clan


Thank You to our Major Sponsors.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated.