This is the 2006 NEWS ARCHIVE CLICK HERE for the Latest News!
Greetings from Frank: "My friend and webmaster Bob Howe would like to join me and my family in wishing you all a very Happy Christmas. Below is a picture of my grandchildren sitting on Santa's knee – left to right – Max is just 2 years old and his brother Jack is 4. Reflected in their faces you can see the joy of Christmas and their hopes of the future and for what the brand New Year ahead may bring. We can only pray that it will bring peace and freedom to our children all over the world along with joy and prosperity to all."
FRANK IFIELD presents FRIENDS from BANDSTAND
Frank Ifield, Australia's first international 'pop' star was joined by life-long friends Judy Stone and Lucky Starr for two great nights of memories and fun.
St George Leagues Club - Saturday 2nd December 2006 Manly Warringah Rugby League Club - Saturday 9th December 2006
Frank Ifield The Yodelling Cowboy Years Jasmine Records JASCD 443
31 vintage Frank Ifield performances many of which have never been available on CD before plus some rare tracks available for the first time on any format.
Included in this compilation is Frank's first commercial recording 'Did You See My Daddy Over There' and the elusive themes from 'Whiplash', the long running TV series and 'Cattle Carters'.
"The Galston Country Music Festival was rained out of the park but relocated to The Galston Club and a none the less appreciative audience ... the show was great! I was particularly delighted to see how well Travis Collins was received as were newcomers Johanna Hemara and Amber Lawrence (Amber won the 2006 Cooper's Golden Saddle Award). This year's very special guest legend Kevin Johnson's performance was wonderful." (Pictured Left: Kevin, Amber and Frank)
Pictured above L to R: FRANK IFIELD (Festival Patron), AMBER LAWRENCE, HELEN KAY (Award Director), finalists KAREN LYNNE and SWEENEYKILLEEN, GLENN A. BAKER (Music Historian) (Photo by Terry Phillpot - Eyeball Photographic Services).
RADIO DATES: Wednesday 30th August
Radio 2SM at 9:10pm, Travis Collins and Frank will be live in the studio for the Graeme Gilbert Show Thursday 31st August
Radio 2UE at 2:30 Frank will be on the John Stanley Show where Travis will be singing live Sunday 3rd September
2UE Around Midnight, listen to John Kerr's interview with Frank Sunday 10th September
2UE Shortly after midnight on the day of The Galston Country Music Festival listen to Travis Collins being interviewed by John Kerr where he will again be singing live.
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10th Anniversary Galston Country
10th September 2006
8:30am till sunset
in beautiful FAGAN PARK
Bush Poets Breakfast from 9am
with Graeme Johnson
ALL DAY Country Music from 9:30am
Special Guests including
* Kevin Johnson * "Rock & Roll I gave you all the best years of my life"
* The Borderers * The Bushwackers *
* Donna Boyd * Travis Collins *
* Lonesome Train * Darren Colston *
* Julie Perandes * Johanna Hemara *
* Noel Stallard * Claire Reynolds *
* and the Galston All Stars Band *
Coopers Golden Saddle
Award Finals with:
Karen Lynne, Amber Lawrence
Kids Show & Fun with Darryl Bowen at noon
All the fun of the fair including the
Massive Ute Muster, Pony Rides,
Kids Carnival with Dodgem Cars and rides,
Arts & Craft Stalls, Food & Refreshments
Frank Ifield featured on the National Nine Network TV program "Sunday"...
Sunday is widely regarded as the most respected public affairs program on Australian commercial television. For several weeks Sunday and reporter Max Cullen prepared a 'cover story' arts & music profile on Frank Ifield and it aired on June 25. Pictured left, host Jana Wendt introduces the segment entitled Remembering Frank Ifield.
For a complete transcript of the story, CLICK HERE... ...enquiries about the availability of copies can be made HERE...
...and for more photos including Max Cullen,
Frank in the studio,
Glenn A. Baker,
Travis Collins and
Pictured below left, the Sunday team film Frank and Bob Howe (with guitar) at ATA Studios, rehearsing for Frank's forthcoming monologue album project and, below right, Frank with the story producers Mike Featherstone and Catherine Hunter.
Special thanks to Catherine Hunter and all at Sunday.
Coming soon (hopefully July): A new CD - The Yodelling Cowboy Years
on the U.K. Jasmine label's Mid-price series - Very early Frank Ifield - all recorded in Australia - including
early Regal Zonophone 78s and some tracks from live appearances, radio and unissued
31 tracks will include the themes from Whiplash
and Cattle Carters, Little Old Band Of Gold, Yodelling
Craze, The Anzac's Last Letter, Rocking Alone In An Old Rocking Chair,
Yellow Roses, Riding Down the Canyon, My Sweetheart's In Love With A
Swiss Mountaineer and On The Mississippi Shore.
News of the impending release is already creating great interest...click here to see...
19 APRIL: Winner of this years 'International Spur Award' TRAVIS COLLINS, joins Frank in the current UK & European radio play list charts. Travis made his debut with his song Slow Train Coming which made a giant leap from nowhere to
#10 in his first week, and then up to #8. Frank was also on the charts with his top ten hit 'NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW' from the latest 3-CD compilation FRANK IFIELD - "The Complete A-Sides & B-Sides".
From Frank: "I would like to congratulate my multi-talented friend and webmaster BOB HOWE who
has won Variety Vocal/Instrumental
Performer of the Year in the 30th Australian Entertainment 'MO' Awards, which is a huge honour and a testament to his musical skills.
He has also just released his long-awaited solo instrumental CD entitled GO WEST.
Bob Howe is known by many different names such as 'Cyber Bob' and 'Big Bob From Bondi', but here he stands out as 'Mr Magic Fingers' as he plucks notes from the ether and makes the guitar literally paint technicolour pictures. Listen with your eyes closed and be transported to the days of the old Wild West.
These all-time great western movie themes are guaranteed to arrest your attention from the first track Ghost Riders In The Sky, to the very last which features the voice of Donna Boyd singing Johnny Guitar -
plus a few surprises, including Yakety Axe (the Benny Hill theme) which he played in all of my shows in the mid-eighties.
So, take the time to listen to some of the samples
and I am convinced you will want the CD for your personal collection. Click here for more...
Frank hosted a fundraiser concert at Campbelltown RSL CLUB on SUNDAY 30TH APRIL 2006 to support community radio station 2MCR FM. A third of money raised went to the Queensland cyclone relief fund. The audience enjoyed an afternoon of fantastic entertainment featuring the following artists:
TRAVIS COLLINS BAND,
FERAL SWING KATZ,
and many more.
TRAVIS COLLINS WINS SPUR AWARD!
It was a packed house at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney on March 10th for a concert featuring previous winners of the FRANK IFIELD INTERNATIONAL SPUR AWARD. Stacey Morris, Wayne Law, Donna Boyd, Mike Carr and Wayne Horsburgh all paid tribute to Frank who presents the award each year in conjunction with The Galston Country Music Festival.
The highlight of the night was the presentation of the 2006 award which went to a stunned TRAVIS COLLINS. Although no stranger to awards and national recognition, Travis was delighted to learn that this award will ensure significant airplay and promotion in the U.K. and Europe for his music.
FRANK IFIELD presents his 2006 INTERNATIONAL SPUR AWARD to TRAVIS COLLINS
Frank Ifield said of his choice; "What the world of Country Music needs is a new direction to capture the imagination of a whole new generation. We have the answer in Travis Collins. When Travis hits the stage the world takes a breath, then within minutes the whole world erupts. This charismatic young man has all the pizzazz of youth, bursting with talent and I am convinced he will take Country Music forward in his own direction. His direction? The World!"
TONY PAGE (Galston Country Music Festival), TRAVIS COLLINS and FRANK IFIELD
ROOTY HILL RSL COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL:-
Wow! What a fabulous weekend was had by all at the'AristOcrat Country Music Festival' held in the Sports ground of Rooty Hill RSL Club. This two-day event is one to be remembered by the Country music fans for a long-long time. Starting off in the morning of Saturday 3rd was an array of young under eighteen talent vying for the 'Patrons Trophy' in the Music & Arts Talent Search (MATS) Country Showcase, the likes of which would lead even the toughest critic to believe that a bright future for entertainment is assured. The compere was the affable Peter Graham of 2GB who in his desire to nurture young aspiring Australian talent and had already featured no less that six of the contestants on his popular Saturday radio program called 'The 2GB Club Show'. The judges were Country Music Presenter Barbara Morison of 2SER FM and our Frank who is the Patron of MATS. The choice was a tough one as each of the contestants had something different to offer, but the final decision was for CLOE GRAHAM whose performance made her the outright winner. 2nd prize was won by AIMIE HANNAN who has a quality of voice to also ensure her of a place in the entertainment world. 3rd place was a stunning performance by a young bubbly ten-year old TIMARA POLICINAS. Then Frank insisted on two extra prizes for the sight acts: JADE MILLER who did a magnificent act as a contortionist cowgirl and magician JOWEL HOWLETT who showed us some rope tricks. Both acts had the foresight to adapt their acts to suit the particular occasion.
Then Frank brought out his own hand picked professionals in WAYNE LAW, STACEY MORRIS, LUKE KOTERAS, WAYNE HORSBURGH & DONNA BOYD to bring a music-filled Saturday to a climax.
DONNA BOYD onstage with her backing singers and The Galston All-Stars Photo courtesy of Carol Boyd
Sunday morning saw the Breakfast With The Poets tent well underway at 9am when the poets GREAME JOHNSON; CAROL HEUCHAN; GARRY LOWE & SHIRLEY FRIEND put the early bird audience into chirpy mood. At 11 am the GALSTON ALL STARS BAND struck up on the main stage, and PAT DRUMMOND & KAREN LYNNE set the tone for the great musical feast to follow. We were enthralled by the talented young rising star KIRSTY LEE AKERS and the show continued to flow smoothly through the many facets of the Country Music genre from more traditional style of DWAYNE ELIX through to the Texas Swing of the FERAL SWING KATZ followed by the ever-popular legend JUDY STONE.
TRAVIS COLLINS brought us right up to date with a dynamic performance of what Urban Country is all about. His unique talent, good looks and personality, could well gain him a wider International audience. This was followed by DALE JUNER who turned up with rising star MISTEN, GRANT LUHRS and his Chook Raffle Band; the irrepressible SUNNY COWGIRLS and the legendary heartthrob JAMES BLUNDELL and there you have all the right ingredients of what was a scintillating weekend even before the dazzling display of fireworks heralded the end of the eventful day.
Watch this space for news as the 'AristOcrat Country Music Festival' will return to the Rooty Hill RSL in March next year.
Back on the road to Tamworth: Frank was there on Wednesday 25th January to host another great show of CLASSIC COUNTRY held at Tamworth Town Hall from 2pm to 5pm.
And what a show it was - headed by the man with the great voice
* John Stephan *
Lynne McKenzie , Misten, Travis Sinclair,
Carter & Carter
and the Hot Foot Dancers!
Here is a rare piece of history depicting over 55 years of Frank Ifield's show business career in story form, covering many of his worldwide achievements by the use of personal photographs, pictures, symbols and other memorabilia.
This now stunningly beautiful and one-off, personally autographed guitar case had been Frank's touring case for many years. Unfortunately, the guitar was stolen some years ago, however, after years of laying idle, his wife Carole, using her talents of decoupage, gave a new lease of life to this well-travelled old case and transformed it into this wonderful, unique work of art that will soon be offered for sale on E-Bay.