Aussie Honoured in USA

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NEW South Wales guitarist Charley Boyter has been invited to be inducted into the Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in Iowa, in the USA.

The invitation came from the National Traditional Country Music Association president who received info on Charley from a Canadian, Michael T Wall, who had done a guest spot on one of the Australian Bush Balladeer (ABBA) shows in Tamworth.

As Charley has commitments in August/September, he and wife Sandra will travel to the USA next year to receive this honour and it will coincide with Michael performing there. It couldn't have happened to a better bloke I say. Any wonder Charley feels apretty honoureda?

Muster in top three

THE title of Gympie's 2010 muster is the Optus Music Muster with this festival being one of the top three country music festivals in Australia alongside Tamworth and Mildura.

The festival, which ran from August 24-29 at the Amamoor Stated Forest Park, raises thousands of dollars for worthy causes making it an special event.

If you didn't make the trip there, you may like to support them by buying merchandise. Details on www.muster.com.au.

Foot-tapping cruise

FEBRUARY 20 to March 5 are the dates of the 2011 Country Music Cruise to New Zealand with a visit to the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Rotorua, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Milford Sound on the itinerary. Artists booked to perform on the exclusive concert performances are Wayne Horsburgh, Adam Harvey, the Hamilton Country Bluegrass Band, Laura Downing, Beccy Cole, and The Howie Brothers.

Inquiries to Travelrite International on 1800 033 436 or go to heathmont@travelrite.com.au.

Slim Dusty centre

ALTHOUGH the weather held up the construction of the Slim Dusty Centre at Kempsey in NSW, the structure is now taking shape and is expected to be at lock-up stage by the end of the year. …