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In no time at all, both Christmas and Tamworth will have been and gone, and our next major adventure will be tag-along number 6.


This tag we are travelling through some areas, which are very familiar to our first tag-along.  We will be ending up at what is probably Queensland’s major natural icon, in Big Red at Birdsville.


On Monday 20th May our group will arrive at Middleton for the night.  Dinner will be put on by the pub.  Sitting at tables under the stars, enjoying a first rate home cooked meal.  On the morning of the 21st we leave Middleton to travel to Boulia.  During that 200 kms you will travel through some of the most incredible outback country to be found anywhere in Australia.  Some of the accompanying pictures will demonstrate exactly what I mean.


We will have a concert at Boulia, then onto Bedourie, then we arrive at Birdsville for the last of our country outback towns.  If you are reasonably familiar with my songs, throughout the tour you will regularly come across scenes that inspired me during the writing of many of my ballads.  For example, The Middleton Hotel. The Cobb & Co Coach, The Diamantina River, Bladensburg National Park, the home of The Tiny Bush Grave, The Wellshot Hotel, Cooper Creek, etc.


As some of the pictures will demonstrate to you, form ‘go to whoa’ (i.e. Lightning Ridge to Birdsville) with 12 towns all up you won’t help but be anything but inspired by the beauty this country has to offer.


Unfortunately, there is a limit to the number of people and the number of vans we can have tag-along with us.  Facilities available in these small country towns are often very limited.  We have room for only a handful of additional people.  Consequently, registrations for tag-along number 6 will close on Monday the 17th of December, which is just one week away.  If you are keen to join us, and for whatever reason have not yet registered, you have just one week to do something about it.  If you find this timeframe very awkward due to extenuating circumstances, then please ring Deirdre or myself for a chat on 0427 130 853 or email us at austrakmusictour@gmail.com.


For the benefit of those “umming and ahhing”, or for the stimulation for those already booked, we have provided just a few of the photos taken as we travelled through the area on our first tag-along.


Just in case we don’t speak again, from us both, all the very best to you and your family for Christmas.  We hope Santa is good to you and 2018 will be a Christmas to remember for all the right reasons.










vLatest Newsletter – November 2018



G’day Folks,

2018 is coming to a flying end and 2019 will soon be here to give us new adventures.  Certainly 2018 is ending with some highs and lows, that’s for sure.  Most of you would have heard about the sale of our little farm at Paterson and our relocation to beautiful Burrum Heads, this has been the highlight of the last quarter of 2018.  The low was tripping over a fence on the third day on the boundary and breaking my right arm; three days in hospital and back home.  However, on the first night out of hospital I tumbled down the stairs in the dark. So, back into hospital to have the arm reset and two days before they would allow me home.  You can be assured that I have become very conscious of that flight of stairs and still get shivers down my spine when I think about it.


Tamworth is a large highlight of my year, with my four concerts at the Community Centre being the hub of my festival.  I will also be holding a concert at the Balladeers Homestead on Saturday 19th at 1.30 pm.  This promises to be a great show with the legendary Col Hardy, Trevor Tolton and up and coming young Tyson Lucas. joining me.


My final concert will be at The Dag (Nundle) on Thursday 24th January with Amber Joy Poulton and Laurel Calvert joining me onstage.  It is a beautiful venue and provides the ambiance of an old sheep station with memorabilia scattered around the grounds.  The atmosphere is really special.


I’ve had a break from writing songs but have picked up the pen now and hope to have a new album out and about during 2019.  Our time in Kununurra has provided me with some magical experiences and country landscapes so I won’t be short of material.


Tag-Along 2019 is proving to be as popular as any of the previous tours (with just a few vacancies left on the books).  We will be featuring at least one property tour and visiting many of the small country towns as we zig-zag our way through outback Queensland.  We will be visiting a St George Winery for lunch and wine tasting, followed by a concert.  ‘Old Stuie’, the retired drover of Blackall is treating us to a tour of Ram Park and cooking us a delicious and traditional Damper and Billy Tea.  On Mothers Day we will be celebrating with the sixteen residents of Yaraka and hopefully many of the surrounding farmers, culminating with a concert surrounded by the unique and unbeatable beauty from the summit of Mount Slocombe at sunset.


Birdsville’s famous Big Red is the location of our final day, with Wine and Cheese at the sand dunes before heading back to camp for our finale dinner farewell.


This is only a very brief outline of our planned activities.  More explicit details will follow closer to the time.


I sincerely hope that 2019 brings good health to us all.  I won’t say “Break A Leg”.


Deirdre and I look forward to catching up with many of you at Telarah, Tamworth or on the 2019 tag-along.





Follow this link to the archives page where you can view photos of

all five of our previous tag-along tours as well as our Tamworth shows since 2012.





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