Monday January 23, 2017.

A belated Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope that 2017 will bring health, happiness and prosperity to all, and that we get to live together in peace and harmony.

It has been a busy time over Christmas and then the holiday period.

David and Jane plus their son Danny with Emily and the two children Hugo and Stella spent Christmas and New Year with Hannah who is still living and working in London.  They experienced quite a lot of the freezing weather when they went to Europe for short while.  Our heatwave met them when they returned, but in the meantime they found it difficult to believe that Anne and Greg and family (including myself) were swimming in the creek and in Lake King as we holidayed in our little old house at Metung on the Gippsland Lakes.

This year, though, it’s really great to say that three generations of the Slim Dusty family will be at the Tamworth country music festival.  I will be there to attend a couple of presentations plus the Awards, and also to attend family concerts plus the big Bush concert in the Park where Anne, and Jim and Flora will appear with their cousin Dianne Lindsay, and husband Peter Simpson.

Anne’s concert at the Balladeers’ Homestead is at 9am on Thursday 26th and features Anne of course with her son James and his wife Flora, with Rod Coe on double bass as musical director.  Then that afternoon at the Family Hotel, Anne teams up with Tania Kernaghan and Ami Williamson to present a concert of performances by these three daughters of country music families.  What a special this should be.

I’m turning up at all of these, and I am also very, very  keen to see Jim and Flora with their band, “Small Town Romance” doing their special debut concert at Tamworth. I missed their record launch concert in Melbourne, so I want to see this one.

“Small Town Romance” is performing on the front stage at the Longyard on Saturday 28th at 10am, and then on Sunday 29th at the Southgate Inn at 1:45pm.

So, to see our third generation performers in action, don’t miss those two concerts….I certainly won’t!

I hope they will be around for the SD festival at Kempsey in October as well….

Have a good time everyone, and don’t forget to call into the Slim Dusty Centre at Kempsey whenever you get the chance.  There’s always something happening there, and our team love welcoming visitors and showing them around.

Till next time then,  perhaps I should use Slim’s sign-off and say, ‘Many Happy Campfires to You’.

Joy