Thursday August 14, 2014.

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 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


Tuesday June 24, 2014.

Joy McKean is hitting the road on a book tour supporting her new release Riding This Road. Come and say "G’Day" to Joy at a venue near you. List of dates, times and venues below. Books will be available to order at all events. For those who can’t make it along, you can still purcahse a signed book from our shop on this site (click on SHOP).



11 – 12am Cairns Books
Address: Cairns Books, Cairns Central Shopping Centre

1 – 2pm Collins Smithfield in Cairns
Address: Shop 141 Smithfield Centre Cook & Kennedy Highway



12.30 – 1.30pm Angus & Robertson Book Retail
Address: Angus & Robertson, Castletown Shoppingtown

3.30 – 4.30pm “Mary Who”
Address: Mary Who Townsville, 414 Flinders St, Townsville City



10 – 11am Collins – Mackay
Address: Collins Mackay, 13/14 Sydney St, Mackay

12 – 1pm Caneland News
Address: Caneland News, Shop 80, Caneland Central, Mackay



10 – 11am Angus & Robertson Book Retail
Address: Angus & Robertson Book Retail, Stockland Shopping Centre, North Rockhampton


6.15pm Bundaberg Library
Address: 49 Woondooma Street, Bundaberg


Hervey Bay

10 – 11am Mary Ryan Hervey Bay
Address: 5/15 Central Avenue, Urraween, Hervey Bay

Monday 7 July


10 – 11am Dymocks -Toowoomba
Address: Gardentown Shopping Centre


1 – 2pm Western Downs Regional Library
Address: Western Downs Regional Library, 107 Drayton Street, Dalby



11 – 12pm Angus & Robertson – Ipswich
Address: Shop 34B, Riverlink S/C, Cnr Pine St & The Terrace North


2 – 3pm Angus & Robertson – Brookside
Address: Angus & Robertson, Brookside Shopping Centre



11 – 12pm Dymocks – Erina
Address: Erina Fair S/C, Terrigal Drive


1.30 -2.30pm Dymocks – Tuggerah
Address: Dymocks Tuggerah, Westfield Tuggerah


Coffs Harbour

Dymocks – Coffs Harbour
Address: Park Beach Plaza Coffs Harbour

1 – 2pm Book Warehouse – Coffs Harbour
Address: City Centre Mall, 26 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour



10 – 11am Book Warehouse – Lismore
Address: 107 – 109 Keen Street, Lismore


4 – 5pm “Reader’s Companion” – Armidale
Address: 151 Beardy Street, Armidale



Collins – Tamworth
Address: 368 Peel Street, Tamworth



11 – 12pm McDonalds Booksellers – Maitland
Address: 408 High Street, Maitland


2.30 – 3.30pm Toronto Library
“Afternoon Tea with Country Music legend Joy McKean”
Address: Cnr Brighton Avenue and Pemell Street, Toronto.


Emu Plains

6.30 – 8pm Leonay Golf Club
“An Evening with Joy McKean"
Address: Leonay Golf Club, Leonay Parade, Emu Plains


Monday June 2, 2014.

The Slim Dusty Birthday Bash is on again for 2014 at Rooty Hill RSL Club, and YOU ARE INVITED!

Come along on Thursday 12th June for a great night of entertainment including Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey, Anne Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick, Jared Porter, Luke O’Shea, Amber Lawrence and Aleyce Simmonds.

Tickets are $120 including a food and beverage package. Special Corporate Tables seating 8 are available for $3,000 and include an upgraded food and beverage package PLUS, everyone seated at a corporate table on the night will receive a genuine Akubra Hat, custom fitted on the night by Akubra, and presented with a special Hat Pin commemorating the “Slim Dusty Birthday Bash”. All proceeds to the Slim Dusty Foundation Ltd. Book your ticket now for a very special night of entertainment and celebrations.

Book online at or call (02) 9677 4916.


Monday May 5, 2014.

EMI Music are proud to release the album RIDING THIS ROAD (The Record Collection) by Joy McKean. A time capsule of Joy’s early career as a performer and songwriter, the album was collated from rare vinyl and reel-to-reel recordings. This truly unique collection of songs shows why Joy McKean is one of Australia’s most prolific songwriters.

From country halls to showgrounds, cities to the most remote communities, Joy performed everywhere and won the hearts of legions of fans. She became famous performing with her sister Heather in the 1950s, writing songs that have become Australian country music classics, and creating a lifelong partnership with Slim Dusty.

Joy McKean wrote many of Slim’s most famous songs, was awarded six Golden Guitars and was a founder of the Country Music Association of Australia. She has received lifetime achievement awards from the Country Music Association of Australia and Australian Country Music Foundation, received the Song maker Award from the Tamworth Songwriter’s Association, an Australian Bush Laureate Award, an Order of Australia Medal, and the McKean Sisters were inducted into the Country Music Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame and the Roll of Renown.

Several of these songs have been unavailable for many years and were only uncovered during a recent trip to the EMI archives and through contacting some avid Slim Dusty/Joy McKean music collectors. Of the process, Joy’s daughter, Anne Kirkpatrick, commented “putting together an album of Joy’s solo recordings tracing her unique musical journey proved quite a challenge as it covers 7 decades of writing, performing and recording, with all the subsequent changes in recording technology!”

Now available on CD for the first time this special release is in companionship to the new book by Joy McKean from Hachette Australia of the same name, RIDING THIS ROAD.


For the first time, Joy McKean turns her talent as a writer to telling us about her own life. On the way she reveals a lifestyle that has long gone, when performers would load up their trucks and caravans and drive across the country, putting on a show at every town – big, small and tiny – then moving on to the next place to do it all again the next night.

With honesty and love, Joy explores her life from childhood to the present, decades of marriage to Slim, songwriting, recording and constantly touring right around Australia while raising their children Anne and David. Joy’s is a life full of music and memories that will inspire and entertain.


CD & Book available now


Monday July 15, 2013.


10th Anniversary since passing

The Very Best Of Slim Dusty – Limited Commemorative CD & DVD Edition Pack

The Son of Noisy Dan – A Musical Autobiography

On September 19th 2013 we commemorate the 10th anniversary since the passing of Slim Dusty. Remembered as Australia’s King of Country, Slim Dusty left behind a huge legacy that continues to grow even as we move well into the 21st Century. To mark the occasion, EMI Music Australia is proud to announce the release of two very special Slim Dusty commemorative packages.

The first of the new releases is a Commemorative Edition CD & DVD Pack of The Very Best of Slim Dusty. This special limited edition Digi-Pack will contain both the audio CD and video DVD of Slim’s most famous tracks. These two hugely successful Slim releases have never before been packaged together and will only be available for a very limited time.

EMI Australia is also proud to be releasing an exciting and totally unique new Slim Dusty album. Titled The Son of Noisy Dan the 23 track album contains a fantastic collection of autobiographical songs written by and sung by Slim.

“My dad, David Kirkpatrick, had a loud voice, an Irish Temper and an awe–inspiring command of swear words, which was always delivered at top volume. I was told he was the life of the party especially when he was away from Mary (my Mum). He would play his fiddle, sing his parody songs and was known to recite Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson poems out loud. It was no wonder he was known around town as Noisy Dan” Slim Dusty (circa. 1996)

This special collection of songs depict the various stages of his life from his childhood through to his relentless days touring the remote parts of Australia. Of special note there are three audio tracks titled “Slim Remembers” which feature Slim reminiscing about his life providing a great insight to the songs he sang, and the people and places he sang about. The album represents a huge legacy for Slim’s legion of devoted fans …and also for documenting Australia’s unique culture in the 20th Century.

Both The Very Best Of Slim Dusty CD/DVD and The Son of Noisy Dan will be released on August 16th 2013 leading into a couple of events celebrating Slim’s legacy:

August 16th – The Very Best Of Slim CD & DVD commemorative pack and The Son of Noisy Dan album releases.

August 22nd-25th – 2013 Gympie Music Muster will commemorate the 10th anniversary with a music industry Slim Dusty Tribute Concert on main stage (Sunday 25th) to conclude the festival.

September 19th – The 10th anniversary date of Slim Dusty’s passing.

Australian country radio, TV and press continue to embrace Slim Dusty and will be joining the commemoration and celebration of Slim’s legacy over the next few months.

“I never want to be too old for travelling….The only time I get tired is when I’m not travelling. I’ve spent my life meeting people, seeing new places, or going back to old places. And I’d like to continue travelling even when I’m not doing shows.”….Slim Dusty.


Tuesday June 11, 2013.

We are very excited to announce in partnership with the Slim Dusty Foundation, the Royal Australian Mint will release its next coin in the famous Inspirational Australians series which features Slim Dusty. Here’s a taste of what it looks like. More to come after the official launch!


Monday April 8, 2013.

Slim Dusty has been voted in Australia’s Top 40 singers of all time (#37) by a panel of Australian singers and musicians commissioned by News Ltd.

As Lee Kernaghan notes simply, Slim Dusty is “the king of country.” Troy Cassar-Daley agrees. “He is simply the voice of Australia and that’s a fact. He is the King of all Country singers here in Australia and to me the father of country music. When Slim sang the whole of Australia listened!”

What a wonderful acknowledgement to a fine singer, musician, entertainer and all-round top bloke.

See the full article here.

Thursday November 15, 2012.

Here’s your special invitation to become a Mate of Slim Dusty and help support the Slim Dusty Centre in Slim’s hometown by joining the membership muster.

For $50 you can become a “Mate of Slim Dusty”. Member benefits include membership card and certificate, invitiations to priority booking for events, newsletters, an exclusive fridge magnet and more.

Slim’s connection to his fans and the Australian bush he loved, was rewarded with a swag of awards and acknowledgements. However, one of the things he valued the most, was the mateship he and his family shared with fans and friends from all over the world. The word “Mate” goes hand in hand with Slim’s identity.

The Slim Dusty Centre is built in Slim’s birthplace of Kempsey, NSW. Slim saw the Centre as his way of giving back to his hometown in the knowledge that it would assist with economic and social benefits throughout the rural stretches of the region, and indeed, Australia. It will be a major iconic cultural tourist attraction, and will house the treasured Slim Dusty collection, for the enjoyment and education of our future generations. Also a venue for Travelling Exhibitions, Conferences and Functions, this multipurpose facility will accommodate a café, retail area, and a national stage for showcasing regional art and culture.

The Slim Dusty Centre building has been completed, however funds are still required to undertake the final stage of road work for access to the site and the all-important exhibition fit out of the displays that will be the heart and soul of the Slim Dusty Centre.