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Lawrie singing to his wife Shelley - 2008
Lawrie Minson & Shelley Watts are Engaged
Tamworth 2009  Photo courtesy of Brian Robson
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 Festival
Lachlan Davidson and Lawrie Minson


TAMWORTH-based 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 Festival.

Jumping off the plane from Sydney, Lawrie was invited to represent the country fraternity at the festival, staged at the Kirribilli Club in North Sydney.

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 late.

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 months.

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 shortly.
"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 be cooking."

Lawrie Minson Band 2002

2002 has had a flying start for Lawrie Minson and his band Brett Tomlin (bass guitar) and Marius Reynolds (lead guitar). The four times Golden Guitar winner and the boys have had a hectic touring schedule since mid February with the opening spot and backing Tania Kernaghan on her Big Sky Country Tour.
 Audiences have been responding favourably to their ‘Tamworth style’ country music each night and the band have had the opportunity of showcasing songs from their album ‘In Another World.’ As well as increasing album sales Lawrie has been calling into radio stations and sometimes do live performances of  his songs. Fans are always impressed to find out that the band is from Tamworth. The Lawrie Minson Band are about to head off on another tour with Tania Kernaghan, this time taking in western NSW. 
Lawrie has just received confirmation of his involvement in ‘The Man from Snowy River’ Arena Spectacular.  The production starring Lee Kernaghan, Bud Tingwell, Georgie Parker and Steve Bisley goes into rehearsal in August followed by a tour of all capital cities throughout September and October. 
Lawrie’s soulful dobro playing has been featured on John Williamson’s new album ‘Gunyah’ and also on the forthcoming Sara Storer release.  Lawrie has recently had the honour co-writing with the legendary Smoky Dawson with recording slated for later this year.  
The Lawrie Minson Band 
The Lawrie Minson Band CD  "In another World"  with Lawrie Minson, Ronny Rindo,
Marius Reynolds and Paul Hyrum Vandemeer.  
Lawrie Minson, Brett Tomlin and Ollie Agostina
Lawrie with Ronny Rindo and Marius Reynolds

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