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  2007 Hats Off Tamworth
Hats Off to the Mallee Boy
5th - 8th July 2007
Golden Guitars Salute the Songs of John Williamson
Photos Courtesy of Anna Rose
Jim Haynes was the consumate compere, and began the night with one of John's
songs Jim has sung thousands of times at his school shows, Chain Around My
Galleries of Pink Galahs was sung, very appropriately, by The Songbirds -
Beccy Cole, Gina Jeffreys and Sara Storer. The girls then sang a rollicking,
rocking version of Old Man Emu, which brought the house down.
Gina Jeffreys delivered the goods with Purple Roses and Salisbury Street.
Gina spoke of how she had always aspired to captivating an audience like
John Williamson does.
Sara Storer could charm the pants off a kangaroo, judging by the huge
reaction she got when singing Mallee Girl and Wrinkles. I don't think there
would have been too many dry sets of eyes in the house during Wrinkles. It
was amazing
Golden girl Beccy Cole sang and played a killer version of John's classic,
Tubbo Station.
Beccy swapped her guitar for a set of congas to tap out some percussion in
Papa Whiskey November. What a class act.
Mick Albeck fiddled up a storm on Saturday night. Other band members (not
pictured) were: Rod McCormack, Ian Lees, Doug Gallacher, Rod Motbey and Mark

Bush balladeer Jeff Brown sang I've Always Been A Drover and Bill The Cat.
He cracked the audience up with his little intro: I'm really pleased I'm not
a cat. And I'm really pleased my name's not Bill!
Tracy Coster sang straight from the heart, delivering Someday An Eagle and
Bells In A Bushman's Ear, and she recited John's classic poem dedicated to
Tracy's late father, Stan Coster. Magic stuff.
Brendon Walmsley sang the beautiful Cootamundra Wattle, 'a Walmsley family
favourite', and A Bushman Can't Survive.
Mark Moulynox and Rod Motbey were two of the fabulous players backing all
Golden Guitar winners at Saturday night's concert. The music was to die for
Shaza Leigh joined her Golden Guitar winning husband, Lindsay Butler, on
stage for two instrumental interpretations of John's songs - A Bushman Can't
Survive and You And My Guitar.
Lindsay Butler recorded both of those songs and said he would love to record
more of John Williamson's magnificent melodies in the future.
After 19 glorious songs, John Williamson took centre stage and delivered
seven absolute beauties from his treasure trove of 300-odd songs -
Wintergreen, Prettiest Girl in the Kimberley, Chandelier of Stars,
Hawkesbury River Lovin', Cydi, Raining on the Rock, and the big finale -
True Blue. He was joined for the final chorus of True Blue by the entire
cast of performers.
Hey True Blue - The Songbirds joined Willo on stage right, and all other
performers on stage left. 
It was a fabulous finish to a memorable night in the Country Music Capital.
The whole audience joined the performers in singing Australia's 'unofficial'
national anthem - Hey True Blue
I think the smiles say it all in this one. Shame about the microphone stand
- when will some clever person invent see through mic stands?
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