Lawrie singing to his wife Shelley - 2008
- Lawrie Minson & Shelley Watts are Engaged
- Tamworth 2009 Photo courtesy of Brian
- Photo courtesy of Brian Robson
- Ross Wilson with Hired Hands
- Lawrie has been to Germany
at a Honer Harmonica 150 years - 2007
- Give them a Hand: The Hired Hands, circa 1981, at the Mr
Juicy Concerts in the Park, from left, Kirk Steel, Russell Adams, MC
Bob Lipman, Ted Tilbrook, the late Ken Ramsay and Lawrie Minson.
- Lawrie with Lee Kernaghan 2005 Tamworth
- Lachlan Davidson and Lawrie Minson
multi-instrumentalist Lawrie Minson barely had time to get over his jetlag
after flying in from India to star at the second annual Sydney Harmonica
Jumping off the plane from Sydney, Lawrie was invited to represent the
country fraternity at the festival, staged at the Kirribilli Club in North
Other acts on the bill included Jim Conway, Christian Marsh, Ian Collard and
Brendan Power from the United Kingdom.
While in India, Lawrie caught up with Bobby Cash, writing four new songs for
Bobby's new album.
He also spent a week with India's Salil V Bhatt, writing songs and recording
five fresh tracks, in what is the very first collaboration Salil has made
with a musician from the west.
YOU might have noticed a new kid on the block in country music circles of
A guy called Jimmy Barnes, better known for his raucous approach to
rock'n'roll delivery, than singing to a country crowd, has appeared on the
bill at festivals such as Gympie and the Deniliquin Ute Muster in recent
The country connection comes via Tamworth-based multi-instrumentalist Lawrie
Minson - a good mate of Barnesy's.
Lawrie has often been known to jump up on stage (after being invited, of
course), to perform with Barnesy and through this association, that same
Jimmy Barnes is now a country convert.
"He just loves the whole atmosphere of a country music festival, and reckons
he's a 'muster specialist' after surviving in the forest for a couple of
days this year," Lawrie said.
"The good thing about Barnesy is he's open to new ideas, and he's invited
Troy Cassar-Daley to join him on his new duets album, due for release
"Barnesy was blown away by Troy in the studio situation."
Lawrie played guitar and dobro on that session, just prior to flying out for
India a month ago.
When he got to India, Lawrie had an additional item on his shopping list - a
mohan veena (Indian-style slide guitar), which Barnesy wanted as a present
for Mark Lizotte (Diesel).
"I was fortunate to be there when Barnesy gave Diesel the instrument, and he
was stunned at the 20-stringed guitar," Lawrie said.
"Now all he needs is a few tips on how not to break strings - and he should