In the early 1990′s a move was made to start up a club in the West Moreton region of the Ipswich District to preserve and promote the old style hillbilly, country music and the Australian Bush Ballad.
Grandchester was thought to be a suitable spot to form a country music club, between Ipswich, Rosewood, Gatton & Toowoomba all being a comfortable drive away from the club.
On Sunday 26th May 1991 the Country Music Heritage Association was formed, with Socials to be held at 1pm on the 4th Sunday of every month in the Community Hall, School Rd, Grandchester with the exception of the November Social/Christmas Lunch which is held in the Uniting Church Hall, John Street Rosewood at 11am. From a handful of members at the first social, the membership has grown to around 170.
In 1995 the club decided to venture into uncharted territory with a plan to run a social on the Monday public holidays in Queensland for the Queens Birthday in June and Labour Day in October. These days include a sausage sizzle, starting at 11.00am with entertainment to follow at 12.00pm. Since 2003 these days have proved a success. At the monthly social member’s present two songs in the old pick and strum style. There are no drums or drum machines. The only other backing instruments 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 songs from our talented members. After our famous afternoon tea, artists generally get to perform a third song. A special guest artist performs at the March, June and August socials with a sausage sizzle commencing at 11.00am.
In 1992 it was decided to hold a one-day festival (Talent Quest) allowing members from other country music clubs throughout Australia to participate. This is to encourage artists to present and preserve the old style of country music. Winners can take home a fine trophy. The festival was held annually on the second Sunday in September but has since been discontinued.
To raise funds the club conducts raffles, offering four meat trays per social with the lucky door ticket holder going home with a fruit box.
For further information contact Russell Wilson on (07) 3282 9785 or on mobile 0439 78 87 78.
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