Thanks To Our Sponsors

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Thank You to Junee Licorice and Chocolate factory for your sponsorship in 2020

The Licorice factory will be onsite for the 3 day festival providing visitors with a great array of sweet treats and delectable goodies that will make your mouth water… Thank You for coming on-board in 2020.

Things are stirring in the quiet town of Corowa – tucked away on the southern border of New South Wales. The old abandoned flour mill near the banks of the Murray River is coming back to life. And with it comes the promise of beautiful Australian whisky....
Welcome On-Board Corowa Distilling Co - Proud Sponsors of the 2020 Ardlethan Country Music Festival...
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     http://www.custommusic.com.au/index.html

Narrandera, Wagga, Griffith Ph:0269622843

http://www.custommusic.com.au/index.html

Ariah 62

Zatoma Transport

The Wood Family

The Popple FAmily

Beckom Hotel

Ardlethan Lions Club

The OLD BANK MUSIC SHOP DUBBO

The Ossie Clan

  

Thank You to our Major Sponsors.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated. 

 

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

Rodney Vincent

Rodney’s show and standing in the Australian entertainment scene is no accident. It is the result of a long, hard apprenticeship which he says “started a while a go”. From his first engagement playing guitar in an old time dance band at his local hall, to New Faces where he got his first big break, Rodney has survived the highs and the lows of the industry.

After his appearance on the New Faces, Rodney joined the Channel Nine Singers on the “In Melbourne Tonight” show which featured Graham Kennedy, Ugly Dave Grey, Bert Newton and other house hold names.

On the demise of the Tonight show Rodney teamed with Terry Gill to form Double Tempo, a duo which performed both on television and the cabaret circuit around Australia. After a variety of music hall, theatre and band work, Rodney embarked on his solo career.

He also joined one of Australia’s greatest comedians, Col Elliott, not only as his special guest but played the straight man to many of Col’s characters. The world of comedy added another string to bow, and the refreshing aspect of his routine is that it centres on good clean fun.

As a result of his rising popularity Rodney received requests to be the special guest for other entertainers such as Gloria Loring ( Days of Our Lives fame ), The four Kingsmen, The Delltones, Rolf Harris, The Platters, Freddie and the Dreamers and the list goes on.

A one night special guest performance with legendary rock’n’roller Gene Pitney lead to a personal invitation to be his guest on his last three Australian tours. Not only was Rodney honored to work with such a great international artist but received the rare opportunity to write and record a song with Gene Pitney called “What a Big Surprise”. The song has received as enormous amount of airplay and interest all around Australia.

Rodney Vincent’s reputation for being a genuine all round entertainer has been exemplified in recent years by the fact that he has a terrific following. This loyal following extends from small shows in community halls to any of the national “Big Time” venues, clubs and theatres.

Rodney has served his apprenticeship, he is now an entertainer in his own right.

Gene Pitney "Remembering my Friend"

I have been working on tours with the very talented Rodney Vincent for many years and we finally sat down and wrote a song together. The end result was a “Big Surprise”

And I think that it turned out great. Rodney put down his vocal on Melbourne with some great musicians and sent the tape of to me in the US. I recorded my harmonies in my studio at home and mixed the final version which was sent back to Australia. Rodney added three other fine songs for his release which will be out just in time for our concert tour of Australia and New Zealand. Hope to see you at one of our concerts and I hope you like our song ‘Big Surprise” !

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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!!

 

 
ARDLETHAN - HOME OF THE KELPIE AND THE ARDLETHAN COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

ARDLETHAN - HOME OF THE KELPIE AND THE ARDLETHAN COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL