Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Five Talented Song Writers

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Five Talented Song Writers

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TONY Brooks, George Dasey, Tom Oliver, Schneider Sisters and Jim Wesley are the five finalists for the 2009 TSA (Tamworth Songwriters Association) Songmaker award.

The legendary Stan Coster was the first songwriter to be acknowledged (in 1982) when the plaque was mounted on a granite rock at the Southgate Shopping Complex. Now situated on the grounds of the Tamworth Visitors Information Centre the general public is more aware of the Songmaker Tribute and its meaning.

With a song writing career spanning 30 years, Tony Brooks has had 50 of his songs recorded with the following being a few of the songs that Slim Dusty recorded - Keela Valley Coals, Mitchell Grass, and When The Scrubbers Break.

Tony's career began when he recklessly promised to write a song for an entertainer at a wedding reception in 1968. The song When the Scrubbers Break, when eventually written, was sent to Slim as the other entertainer had since left the area.

George Dasey is one of our pioneer writers and his big break came in 1946 with The Overlanders, written to promote the Chips Rafferty film of the same name.

He won an Australasian song writing competition, conducted by Ealing Studios, (from 600 entries), taking out the 50 guinea prize.

George has had more than 60 of his songs recorded and performed by artists including Evelyn, Bury, Eddie Tapp, Gordon Parsons, Reg Lindsay and Johnny Ashcroft.

A Sprig of Rosemary, Convicts Letter Home, They're a Weird Mob, and Joe the Crow are a few of the other songs which came from his pen and it's good to hear a double CD of George's songs, covering a span of 60 years, is planned.

Having tried his hand at many occupations including fencing, ringer, drover, horse breaker and cane cutter with a passion for reading Patterson and Lawson, Tom Oliver had to come up with some good verse.

He's had songs recorded by Slim Dusty, Ted Egan and Buddy Williams with Dead on Time, Bindi-Eye Ball, The Beat of the Government Stroke and It Must Have Been a Hell of a Party being a few of these. …

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