- Next year, Australian Outback icon, Ted Egan,
AO, is star host on board the 2007 Country Music Express.
"It will be Ted Egan's first official music gig for more than three years
and we are delighted to he has chosen the Country Music Express to relaunch
his music career," Mr Smith said.
Ted Egan has been Administrator of the Northern Territory since November
2003 and his role ends this November.
The popular music identity, singer, song-writer and folklorist has released
28 albums since 1969 and is currently the official patron of the Year of the
He will be joined as a Country Music Express host by two times 2006 Golden
Guitar nominees, The Sunny Cowgirls.
Other artists include this year's CMAA Achiever Awards Finalist for
Independent Entertainer of the Year, Jeanette Wormald as well as western
balladeer Peter Pratt, the Cowboy from Japan, Hank Sasaki and regular hosts,
Grant Luhrs, JR Williams and Ian Muir.
The train will be carrying 160 passengers plus staff and entertainers to the
2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Next year marks the seventh annual tour, which will attend the Festival from
January 20th to 29th.
- TED LAUNCHES "THE LAND DOWNUNDER"
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- THE LATEST book from soon to be Northern Territory Administrator and country
music legend Ted Egan will be launched at Victoria's Alfred Park Yacht Club
on Wednesday, October 22.
Titled "The Land Downunder" the book is "about the people who have made
Australia the colourful, exuberant and modern nation it is. They are
convicts, pioneers, explorers, adventurers and entrepreneurs. And they are
the first Australians the Aboriginal people. Above all there are women.
Ted argues that through its history women have been the real stalwarts of
The book has more than 50 illustrations, many of them classics which have
seldom or never appeared in print.
There are also the lyrics of many of Ted's best loved songs, like The
Drover's Boy, A Song For Grace, God's Police, The Tiger And The Don, The
Girl From Botany Bay and I've Been Everywhere, Man.
It was Ted Egan who introduced Rolf Harris to the song Two Little Boys, and
Rolf writes a preface to the book, recommending it. "He is a marvellous
man", says Rolf of Ted, "a great entertainer with a gift for communication.
Ted's knowledge of and empathy for the people who have shaped our land
shines through in this book. It will appeal to young and old alike."
The 232-page book has an attractive cover, is printed on high-quality paper
and contains a glossary of Australian terms and an extensive reading list.
Territory University has awarded its first honorary doctorate to
Edward Joseph ("Ted") Egan.
Ted was made an
honorary doctor of letters in recognition of his community service and
and notable achievement in the fields of Aboriginal affairs, historical
studies and the preservation and promotion of Australia's cultural
heritage, particularly song, verse and folklore.
Print out and have the memories