1. AUGUST PERFORMER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Here’s some briefing on some the artists performing at this year’s festival (with more on the website and to be announced). Many are releasing new albums:
* Bobby Marquez (USA) – You can’t help but move your feet and hum along with Bobby. His catchy melodies have soared up the Texas charts with top twenty hits and his first number one single, “That’s Life.” Bobby’s breakout single “She’s Not From Texas” stayed on the charts for an impressive 26 weeks topping such legendary favourites as Willie Nelson and Rodney Crowell. Appearing Main Stage Friday Night
* Aly Cook (New Zealand) – Award winning kiwi country at its best from New Zealand’s highest airplay contemporary country artist with songs of love, heritage and life. She’s also a competitive rider raising horses for export and a judge in our talent competition!
* Doug McIntyre (NSW) – Rising Male Artist of the Year winner at Mildura with true blue Aussie hits from the heart. Doug sings about heritage, life and family in his new album Australian Son on the Southern Cross Main Stage Saturday
* Queen Juanita & The Zydeco Cowboys (ACT) – Stepping out of the 1950s are royalty of country swing and cajun dance with a touch of rockabilly. Tight rhythms and a danceable attitude make this one of the hottest retro country bands around.
* Peter Christie Mountain Folk (NSW) – Hailing from the beautiful Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Peter Christie is an artist who’s music draws inspiration from country, bluegrass and the gospel music tradition. Class musician with great harmonies
* The Rain (QLD) – Surprise CCMF10 hit impressed with their contemporary country rock flavour reminiscent of The Eagles with a lot more local originality. This year the Sunshine Coast boys feature their new CD album “One More Shot”
2. JOHN DENVER TRIBUTE CONCERT
This year CCMF tributes John Denver – who brought country to young and old alike. Despite the hits rarely does anyone perform due to the high vocals. Virtuoso Ian Wholohan brings us the closest to John’s pure vocal and guitar style = not to be missed!!!
3. SONICBIDS & GIG LAUNCH ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN SEPTEMBER
As part of a support arrangement Canberra Country Music Festival hosts selected artists submitting from around the world using Sonicbids and Gig Launch. Unique amongst Australian Country Music the Canberra Country Music Festival receives performer submissions from diverse nations including Canada, New Zealand, USA as well as Australia.