29th Dec 2007: Bob joined Felicity Urquhart live in the Sydney studio of ABC Radio as she guest-presented this week's edition of SATURDAY NIGHT COUNTRY. During the fourth hour, Felicity and Bob spoke to listeners and reminisced about the best gigs of 2007. Photos left and below by Dan Driscoll (what do you mean, it's meant for kids?).
MERRY CHRISTMAS & PEACE TO ALL Bob onstage at Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, 23 Dec 2007 - photo by Shell The part of the shining angel behind the drums was played by Leon!
Bob Howe - CLASSIC TWANG
Just Released - Dec 2007 The second solo (mostly) instrumental CD
CLICK HERE for full album notes, photos and samples
01. ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN
02. STRANGER ON THE SHORE
03. VARIATIONS ON PAGANINI'S 24TH CAPRICE
05. ELEANOR RIGBY
06. PETER GUNN
07. PLAISIR D'AMOUR (Guest Vocal: Emma Hannah)
08. AURA LEE/ASHOKAN FAREWELL
09. DVORAK'S LARGO
10. I LISTEN TO MY HEART
11. CAVATINA (THE DEER HUNTER)
12. GOTHAM CITY/BATMAN THEME
13. FORTY MILES OF BAD ROAD
14. GUITAR BOOGIE
$10.00 + p&p (Australian dollars) - CLICK HERE to purchase on-line!
CLICK HERE...to listen to Bob Howe & Frank Ifield talk about the writing and recording of I LISTEN TO MY HEART (mp3 - 1.87MB) Radio broadcasters may request a higher quality file of this interview. E-mail:
L to R - front row: Makaylie Foodey, Briana Lee, Melody Pool L to R - back row: Bryan Browne, Gary Brown, Bob Howe
Bob is delighted to be one of the session musicians on this recording... Lifeline North West NSW is proud to announce the launch of the Allan Caswell CD/EP 'Strong Enough'. "...Written especially for Lifeline North West NSW by Gold Guitar winning artist Allan Caswell, it include four songs, and will form a major part of our fundraising for the coming year," said Alison Burgess, Chief Executive Officer Lifeline North West NSW. "The title song 'Strong Enough' is a very heart felt song, on being strong enough to hold on to life through life's difficulties, which I'm sure will strike a chord with all music lovers," Mrs Burgess said.
December 1st: JIM HAYNES was guest hosting SATURDAY NIGHT COUNTRY from the Sydney ABC Radio 702 studio. He was joined by Bob, from the Gig Guide at 10.45pm through until 2am. Joining them in last two hours was AMBER LAWRENCE. Audio highlights coming soon to this spot... Pictured above, Amber and Jim admire Bob's shirt (courtesy of The BobKatz). Photo by Rod Quinn.
Bob co-hosted John Nutting's radio show SATURDAY NIGHT COUNTRY on ABC Radio. Broadcasting from Sydney's Studio 227, the show featured SARA STORER and her band performing live for the first two hours as she launched her new album Silver Skies. The following two hours were back in the 702 studio where Sara chatted with Johnno and Bob and answered phone calls from her fans. A few audio highlights here...
Pictured right: After accepting Johnno's Media Achiever of the Year award for him (see below, Sept 10th), Bob finally got to present the trophy to Johnno in person, with the help of Sara Storer.
Nov 2: Bob is honoured to have been nominated for Musician of the Year at the 2007 New South Wales Gold Medallion Awards for Country Music alongside fellow nominees: Charley Boyter, Lindsay Butler, Peter Horan and Nev Malloy. The awards will be presented in Hexham as part of a gala concert at the
Hexham Bowling Club on Saturday 24th November at 7.30pm. Bookings at the Hexham Bowling Club phone: 02-49648079.
Pictured above: Bob with 'THE LEGENDS OF BANDSTAND' at Petersham RSL on Sunday 28th October. L to R:
WARREN WILLIAMS, LITTLE PATTIE, JUDY STONE, BOB & his guitar, FRANK IFIELD, IAN TURPIE & LUCKY STARR
31 Oct: Bob was delighted to be the guest-presenter of the Country category awards at the 2007 ACE Awards in Sydney. Congrats to all the nominees and to the winners - The McClymonts, Troy Cassar-Daley and Melinda Schneider.
10 Sept: Bob was thrilled to be nominated for the Rex Barry Award (Industry Achiever award), the top honour at the 2007 CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards. Congrats to Mike Smith who won that Award. Bob did have the pleasure of accepting an award on behalf of John Nutting who won Media Achiever of the Year - Individual. Bob is pictured with John's award and the presenters, Gina Jeffreys and Adam Brand.
Sept. 2007 - Bob onstage at the HORSESHOE BEND ROUNDUP Top, L to R: Bryan Browne, Brad Bergen, Peter Figures, Bob, Simon Johnson, Chad Plane Above: Ukulele Bob with host Rob Wilson - photos by Peter Moran
August 16: Sydney guitar players hanging out at the 'secret' dress rehearsal gig for the Australian visit of the legendary ALBERT LEE. L to R: Adrian Payne, Albert Lee, Stuie French, Bob Howe
TV: Coinciding with the TENTH anniversary of Bob's Cowboys In Cyberspace and ahead of a redesign, the site was dissected in the Web Workshop feature of THE LAB WITH LEO, broadcast on the How To Channel in Australia (Foxtel/Austar)and in Canada on G4 Tech TV - Episode 57 - Monday, August 6th
And the nominees are...
Bob is thrilled to be nominated for the Rex Barry Award (Industry Achiever award), the top honour at the 2007 CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards. The Awards recognise industry members who have "made major contributions to the development and promotion of Australian country music". Fellow nominees in this category are John Arnold, Roxanne Brown, Lorraine Pfitzner, Mike Smith and Graham Thompson. The winners will be announced at a gala presentation function at the WatersEdge Function Centre in Sydney on September 10th. More info...
Bob Howe, Lee Kernaghan and John Nutting - 2am in the 'green room' at ABC Radio 702 in Sydney!
Saturday 21st July 2007 - LEE KERNAGHAN co-hosted John Nutting's SATURDAY NIGHT COUNTRY from the Sydney studios of ABC Radio to launch Spirit Of The Bush, his latest album. 100% of the profits of Lee's single of The Spirit of the Bush (with his mates Adam Brand and Steve Forde) goes to AUSSIE HELPERS. Bob joined John and Lee just before midnight for the final two hours of the program. The show was be broadcast on 60 local ABC stations, Radio Australia and you can listen to these highlights, courtesy of SATURDAY NIGHT COUNTRY...
Photos above left by John Nutting, above right by Bob and top centre by CyberSteve.
2007 'MO' Nomination!
Bob is honoured to once again be a Top 5 nominee in the 'INSTRUMENTAL OR VOCAL INSTRUMENTAL' category of the 31st Australian Entertainment 'MO' Awards !!
Fellow nominees are Danny Elliott, Ziggy Zapata, Joey Fimmano and Ross Maio. The Award winners were announced on 28 August 2007 at Bankstown Sports Club. Congrats to Joey Fimmano who won the award!
Congrats also to THE TROJANS who were nominated in the ACCOMPANYING BAND category and to Western Front who won that award!
Also out this month, Something Rare & Wonderful, a new 2-CD compilation of Frank's rare world-wide material from the sixties to the nineties and which also includes 3 recent tracks produced by Bob in Sydney.
July 2007: During the Hats Off to Country Music Festival in Tamworth, Attitude Productions in association with The Cancer Council of NSW (Tamworth) staged the inaugural Country Art for Cancer exhibition and black-tie ball/auction. Over $15,000 was raised and the art was on display at the Tamworth Regional Gallery in Peel Street until the exhibition closed on July 15. Two life drawings and four photos by Bob were among the works, which also included artists such as Tania Kernaghan, Rolf Harris, Merelyn Carter, Deniese Morrison, Mark Holden, Keith Potger and many more...
July 2007: Sad news - the passing of George Xanthos, who days before had most deservedly been inducted into the inaugural Australian Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. Bob was fortunate to have played alongside George several times in Melbourne, Sydney and Tamworth.
Pictured Left: Bob and George at George Xanthos' Pedal Steel Guitar Convention, Reservoir Hotel, Melbourne, 12 June 1983.
Below: Flashback to the 1983 Country Music Jamboree at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. George left, seated at the Pedal Steel Guitar, Bob centre and Donna Fisk singing.
"This little three track offering was a wonderful surprise because I'd just about thought that the art of the recorded monologue was dead.
Frank delivers two classics - I'm A Rolling Stone and You'll Never Be Missed - and one I'd not heard before - Daddy, You Know What - with panache and a beautifully emotional delivery that is enhanced by Bob Howe's understated musical arrangements and choral backing from Wayne Horsburgh, Amber Lawrence and Bob himself.
I suggest you add this to your collection - it's a 'must have' for anyone with a heart and a soul. Fantastic Frank!
Bob is just back from headline performances on a cruise that took in Manila, Malaysia, Brunei (picture below taken in the Royal Regalia Museum), India and Sri Lanka...
In other news, Wayne Horsburgh has re-released I Still Call Australia Home on CD. The original 1999 album produced by Bob Howe and Michael Vidale has been enhanced with their dance version of Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, plus 5 other Australiana classics, newly recorded at Bob's Kenilworth Studios.
Sydney band blakhatz are soon unleashing their first album of original tunes back in blakhatz. Listen for Bob as guest guitarist on the track Falling.
It was standing-room-only at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club (Canterbury Country) in Sydney on 8th March 2007 when FRANK IFIELD announced that the winner of the 2007 FRANK IFIELD INTERNATIONAL SPUR AWARD was KAREN LYNNE. The concert featured previous winners of the Spur Award - TRAVIS COLLINS (2006), STACEY MORRIS (2005), DONNA BOYD (2003) and 2007 Coopers Golden Saddle winner AMBER LAWRENCE - who all wowed the huge crowd. Surprises included a performance by 9-year-old MATS (MUSIC & ARTS JUNIOR TALENT SEARCH) Patron's Award winner Shelby Thornett and a feature from Frank himself - a monologue from his new E.P. 'THEREBY HANGS A TALE'. The evening ended with the entire cast singing a rousing version of I Remember You as a tribute to Frank and his tireless efforts in promoting Australian talent, combined with the show's producer/host BOB HOWE leading a tribute to the late and great Aussie rock icon BILLY THORPE. Video snippets...
Friday March 9 - Bob was the special guest of the John Spora Show on 2MCR 100.3FM in Sydney.
March 2007 - on Norfolk Island with legendary Australian singer LITTLE PATTIE for the Rock around the Rock Festival (Photo by Lawrie Thompson)
Feb 2007 - Bob is just back from headline performances on a cruise that sailed from New Caledonia to New Zealand. Pictured above: surveying some of the splendor of the Bay of Islands, New Zealand with friends Mick and Kerry.
Released Jan 2007: Frank Ifield - Thereby Hangs A Tale
A BRAND NEW EP COLLECTION OF THREE GREAT MONOLOGUES!
Narrated by Frank with song and harmonies by Wayne Horsburgh, Amber Lawrence & Bob Howe. Production, music and photography by Bob Howe. Recorded at Kenilworth Studios, Sydney for 'FIR' Recordings.
CLICK HERE to order your copy on-line for only $6.00 + p&p Australian dollars. (Look for the special package deal with one low postage cost!)
At the Musician's Headquarters in Tamworth, Bob was thrilled to meet guitar hero Louie(Last Train To Clarksville)Shelton, pictured left. "I'm looking forward to hearing this...", Louie said of Bob's album! AND THE NOMINEES ARE...
Congratulations to Allan Caswell & Drew McAlister who won the Golden Guitar for A Little Bit Of Country In Us All from Allan's album Al's Bar and Grill. Bob was delighted to have played on yet another award-winning album by Allan...
Bob was honoured to be a top five finalist in the Instrumental section of the 2007 TIARA AWARDS alongside the Coad Sisters, Charley Boyter, Leanne Douglas and the winners of the award, the Davidson Brothers. The 10th Annual TIARA Awards Ceremony and Concert was held at West Tamworth League Club on 23rd of January...
January 2007: Bob backstage at Petersham RSL Club with Australian showbiz legend BARRY CROCKER
2006 News Archive... BOB WINS MO AWARD, releases solo instrumental album - GO WEST, photos in Where Country Is book, live radio with LEE KERNAGHAN, Felicity Urquhart, Bill Chambers and John McEuen, Nokia Music Recommenders, Tomkins Guitar Showcase, ACRA Awards with SWEENEYKILLEEN, interviews with Barbara Morison, Lennon reunion, Hank Williams Birthday Bash, Karen Beckett, Tivoli show tours Queensland, Tony Pantano, Saturday Night Country with John Nutting and Melinda Schneider, reviews for GO WEST, GO WEST festival on OXFORD ST WEST Bondi Junction, Helen Kay Show interview, Sunday TV cover story - Remembering Frank Ifield, Capital News magazine article 'Gone West', EMMA HANNAH new album, Go Hannah Presents Donna Boyd In Concert, 30 year recording anniversary, Don Spencer and BABY KARAOKE, Patti and Bert Newton, Desmond de Silva, Saturday Night Country Hottest Hits - Vol 2, REDD VOLKAERT and more...
2005 News Archive... Saturday Night Country hottest 100 voting, Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters CD cover photo, Mildura Country Music Festival, Session Work (COL ELLIOTT and ALLAN CASWELL, ALEX WATT, CRAIG GILES, Bob's remix of FRANK IFIELD's I Remember You, DONNA BOYD releases new album and E.P., WAYNE HORSBURGH releases two albums, Chan Romero tours, 'This Train Terminates at Redfern' theatre production, Crows Nest Country Music Street Fair, interviews with Barbara Morison, Saturday Night Country live broadcasts with REBECCA LEE NYE - ALEYCE SIMMONDS - Trev (T-Bird) Warner - Lex Marinos - John Nutting and Jim Haynes, FRANK IFIELD Autobiography Volume One, Tomkins Guitar Showcase, Love That Country Music show, Telstra Road to Tamworth, Jimmie Crawford R.I.P., Tamworth Tonight with Bushfaery, Pandora Box and Normie Rowe and more...
2004 News Archive... (BBC 2004 Bondi Band Compilation CD, Mildura Country Music Festival, DONNA BOYD, BBC Radio Shetland, Barbara Morison, Donna Fisk and Michael Cristian, Songwriters: Up Close & Personal, Sydney Country Music Week, Judge Bob, ALBERT LEE, The First World Guitar Congress, The Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism, 21st Annual International Country Music Conference, Brenda Lee, Nashville - Tennessee, John Nutting, The Rotary Club of Galston Community Service Award, LITTLE PATTIE, Tamworth Festival, JESSICA MAUBOY and more...
2003 News Archive... (THE MIGHTY GUYS, SLIM DUSTY, JIMMY LITTLE, RE'AL CROCHE Festival de Musique Nord-Américaine, KEITH GLASS, Barbara Morison, Canterbury Country 3rd Birthday, Belinda Miller, crusing from India to the Maldives, Finalist for 3 Country Music Awards, John Nutting, Metro Magazine and more...