Joining Ray Kernaghan, Tania Kernaghan and Luke O’Shea will be Anne Kirkpatrick (a regular at this special event!), Amos Morris, Dean Perrett and Taylor Pfeiffer – “The Banjo Girl”.
And what do our guest artists think of Slim Dusty Memories Week?
“I love my annual pilgrimage to Kempsey for the SDCMMW!” said Anne. “Who would have thought that Bruce and Trish Woods’ idea to hold a Slim Dusty Memories afternoon at their property some 10 years ago, would have grown to this huge weeklong event with campers, caravans and motorhomes from all over Australia converging on the showgrounds and a crowd that keeps growing every year? Well, I can believe it!… as right from the start, there was this wonderful ‘extended family’ feel to the whole event –backstage between the artists and between artists and audience. It’s very special to our family that people want to come together to ‘relive’ their memories of my dad, Slim. So, as usual, I’m looking forward to another great Festival and catching up with everyone.”
“I am truly looking forward to being in Kempsey, for the Slim Dusty Memories week to perform my Songs of the Bush for you,” said Dean, “and to also celebrate the timeless Music that Slim left for us all to love and treasure. The music will be great and the atmosphere just like a big Campfire Sing Along. So bring your Mates and enjoy it to the full!”
Amos said: “I have been delighted to be involved with the Festival over the past 11 years and it warms my heart to think of how it has grown from an evening in the Woods’ backyard to the major event it is now. Kempsey has always needed such an event to ‘put us on the map’ so to speak, and I can think of none better than the SDCMMW. May it continue to grow and flourish.”
Taylor said: “I am extremely excited to be a part of the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week. Slim Dusty was an amazing man who had a huge influence on country music as we know it today. Sadly I never met him but I’m excited to be a part of this amazing week, to show my appreciation to Australia’s country music legend. I’m looking forward to meeting people during the week and hearing all the stories about Slim by those people who did meet him. Thank you to the Australian Bush Balladeers Association and the SDCMMW Committee for this great opportunity.”
The 2014 event is shaping up to be a cracker year! It will be held, as usual, at the Kempsey Showground and already, powered camping sites at the Showground are sold out.
“Unpowered sites are still available,” organisers say, “and can be booked via the downloadable form from the Memories Week page on the slimdustycentre.com.au website. For more updates, join the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Facebook page. Folks are welcome to bring along their generators for use at the Showground and on unpowered sites. Also, there are many accommodation choices available in the Macleay Valley.”
This year’s Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week will run from Monday to Sunday, October 20 to 26, and includes an Open Day at the Slim Dusty Centre on Tuesday the 21st, and a bus trip to Slim’s boyhood home at Nulla Nulla on the 22nd. For more information on the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week call our office on 02 65626533 or freecall 180018SLIM or email firstname.lastname@example.org