Country Music Heritage Association – Celebrating 25 years
In the early 1990’s, a move was made to start up a club in the West Moreton region, to preserve and promote the old style hillbilly, country music and the Australian Bush Ballad. On Sunday, May 26, 1991 the Country Music Heritage Association was formed, with Socials to be held on two Sundays every month (except December), in the Community Hall at Grandchester. From a handful of members at the first social, the membership has grown around 100.
In 1995, the club decided to venture into unchartered territory with a plan to run a social on Monday Public Holidays in Queensland for the Queen’s Birthday in June and Labor Day in October. These days included a sausage sizzle with entertainment to follow. These days have proved a success. At the monthly social members present two songs in the old pick and drum style. There are no drums or drum machines. The only other backing are a bass, harmonica and various types of piano-button accordions.
You hear the songs of Slim Dusty, Shirley Thoms, Wilf Carter, Buddy and Tex as well as self-penned song from our talented members. After our famous afternoon tea, artists generally get to perform a third song. Special guest artists also appear.
Over the last few years we have had to be more lenient with the type of songs sung, one restriction we abide by is on Rock n Roll. This year is the club’s 25th Anniversary. To celebrate, they are presenting the cream of country music guest artists throughout the year. This will be the best year yet. Come along and be part of it.
Cr Pahlke cutting the cake with President Cec Steinhardt
and Sec./Treasurer Russell Wilson and Gloria Theuekauf
and the crowd cheering and look on.