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Encyclopedia > Australian country music
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Timeline and samples
Genres classical · hip-hop · indigenous Australian music · immigrant music · jazz · country · rock (pub rock · indie · punk)
Organisations ARIA · APRA
Awards ARIA Music Awards · The Deadlys · Australian Music Prize · J Award · WAMi Awards
Charts ARIA Charts · JJJ Hottest 100
Festivals List: Big Day Out · Livid · Homebake · Falls · Tamworth Country Music Festival · Womadelaide
Media Countdown · Rage · Triple J · ABC · Community Radio
National anthem Advance Australia Fair
Cities and regions
Adelaide · Brisbane · Canberra · Melbourne · Sydney · Perth

Australian country music is a vibrant part of the music of Australia. There is a broad range of styles, from bluegrass, to yodelling to folk to the more popular. The earliest music of Australia was the folk music of the Australian Aborigines. ... The trends of Australian music have often mirrored those of the United States and Britain. ... Samples of Australian music can be found on the articles of the following artists: Pop music The Church - Under the Milky Way Kylie Minogue - many, including Locomotion (1987), Confide In Me (1994), Where The Wild Roses Grow (1995, with Nick Cave) and Slow (2003) The Whitlams - No Aphrodisiac (1998) Rock... Subcategories There are 3 subcategories to this category. ... Australian hip hop music began in the early 1980s, primarily influenced by hip hop music and culture imported via radio and television from America. ... Indigenous Australian music includes the music of Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, who are collectively called Indigenous Australians, it incorporates a wide variety of distinctive traditional music styles practised by Indigenous Australian peoples, as well as a range of contemporary musical styles both derivative of and fusion with European... Australia is home to several large immigrant communities, including the Vietnamese, Indonesians, Filipinos and others. ... Jazz is an American musical genre largely originated by African Americans but the style was rapidly and enthusiastically taken up by musicians all over the world, including Australia. ... Australian rock and pop musicians have produced a wide variety of music. ... Pub rock is a style of Australian rock and roll popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s and still influencing contemporary Australian music today. ... Australian indie rock is part of the overall flow of Australian rock history but has a distinct history somewhat separate from mainstream rock in Australia, largely from the end of the punk rock era onwards. ... Australian musicians played and recorded some of the earliest punk rock. ... The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry. ... The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) is a copyright collecting society representing New Zealand and Australian composers, lyricists and music publishers. ... The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (commonly known as ARIA Music Awards or ARIA Awards) is an annual awards night celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA). ... The Deadlys are an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... The J Award logo. ... The Western Australian Music Industry Awards (commonly known as WAMis) are annual awards presented to the local contemporary music industry, put on by the Western Australian Music Industry Association Inc (WAM). ... The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. ... The Triple J Hottest 100 is an annual top 100 list, based on the votes of Australian youth radio station Triple J listeners, in order to determine their favourite song of the year. ... A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as; musical genre, nationality or locality of musicians, or holiday. ... This is a list of music festivals in Australia // A-E Aquarius Festival Australian Gospel Music Festival Big Day Out - national - from 1992 Darwin International Guitar Festival Earthcore F-L Falls Festival Gone South Homebake M-O Meredith Music Festival List of Meredith Music Festival lineups by year Offshore Festival... The Big Day Out (BDO) is an annual music festival that tours Australia and New Zealand. ... Livid was an Australian alternative rock music festival, which was held annually from 1989 to 2003. ... Homebake is an annual Australian rock festival, featuring an all-Australian lineup (with the occasional artist from New Zealand). ... The Falls Festival is a New Years Eve music festival, held annually in Marion Bay, Tasmania and Lorne, Victoria Australia since 1993. ... The Tamworth Country Music Festival is a celebration of Australias rich country music culture and heritage. ... WOMADelaide 2005 First held in 1992, WOMADelaide is an annual world music and dance festival held in Adelaide Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia as part of the Womad series of music festivals. ... Countdown was a long-running popular weekly Australian music television show broadcast by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from late 1974 until July 19 1987. ... Rage is an all-night Australian music video program that is broadcast on ABC TV on Friday and Saturday nights. ... Triple J (JJJ) is a nationally-networked, government-funded Australian radio station (a division of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), mainly aimed at youth (defined as those between 12 and 25). ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC (formerly the Australian Broadcasting Commission) is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ... Community radio is a type of radio service that caters to the interests of a certain area, broadcasting material that is popular to a local audience but is overlooked by more powerful broadcast groups. ... A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that is evoking and eulogizing the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nations government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. ... Advance Australia Fair is the official national anthem of Australia. ... Adelaide is a city in South Australia. ... Queensland Conservatorium of Music Brisbane is a city in Queensland, Australia, home to many regionally important music institutions and venues. ... Canberra is the capital city of Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory. ... the Sydney Opera House can be seen on the far left Sydney is a city in Australia, and a major center center for music. ... Perth is a city in Western Australia, known for having produced a number of very famous performers. ... The earliest music of Australia was the folk music of the Australian Aborigines. ... Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music with its own roots in English, Irish, African and Scottish traditional music. ... Yodeling (or Yodelling) is a form of singing that involves rapidly switching from the chest voice to the head voice making a high-low-high-low sound. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ...


Australia has a long tradition of country music, which has developed a style quite distinct from its U.S. counterpart. Waltzing Matilda, often regarded as Australia's unofficial National anthem, is a quintessential Australian country song, influenced more by Celtic folk ballads than by American Country and Western music. This strain of Australian country music, with lyrics focusing on strictly Australian subjects, is generally known as "bush music" or "bush band music". This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Waltzing Matilda is usually sung in informal settings, but it was played with a 90 piece orchestra and the 100 voice Melbourne Chorale at the 2005 Classical Spectacular Waltzing Matilda is Australias most widely known folk song, and one that has been popularly suggested as a potential national anthem... A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that is evoking and eulogizing the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nations government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. ... A bush band is a group of musicians that play traditional Australian folk music or contemporary folk music played in a traditional style. ...


Another, more Americanised form of Australian country music was pioneered in the 1930s by such recording artists as Tex Morton. Strictly Australian country music and bush ballads were popularized by Slim Dusty, best remembered for his 1957 song "A Pub With No Beer". In recent years local contemporary country music, featuring much crossover with popular music, has enjoyed considerable popularity in Australia. David Gordon Slim Dusty Kirkpatrick (June 13, 1927-September 19, 2003 in Kempsey, NSW)was an Australian country music singer and songwriter. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A Pub With No Beer is the title of a well-known humorous country song. ... In music, crossover is a term used to describe material borrowed from a different style or genre and whose popularity crosses the considered boundaries of styles or genres. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ...


Country music has also been a particularly popular form of musical expression among the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Australian Aborigines are the main indigenous people of Australia. ... Torres Strait Islanders are the indigenous people of the Torres Strait Islands, part of Queensland, Australia. ...

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Awards and festivals

The major celebration of country music in Australia is the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January each year. The Tamworth Country Music Festival is a celebration of Australias rich country music culture and heritage. ...


Indigenous country music is in evidence at The Deadlys, a celebration of indigenous musicians and their music. The Deadlys are an annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community. ...


The Mildura Country Music Festival celebrates the Australian Independent Country Music Awards every year. The Mildura Country Music Festival is an annual Australian country music festival based in Mildura, Victoria. ...


Notable musicians and music groups

Musicians

David Gordon Slim Dusty Kirkpatrick (June 13, 1927-September 19, 2003 in Kempsey, NSW)was an Australian country music singer and songwriter. ... James Blundell is an Australian country music singer. ... Troy Cassar-Daley is an Australian Aboriginal country musician from Grafton, New South Wales. ... Kasey Chambers (born: June 4, 1976) is a popular Australian country music performer with three successive albums reaching number one on the Australian album charts in 2002, 2004 and 2006. ... Beccy Cole (born Rebecca Diane Thompson, October 27, 1972 in Glenelg, South Australia) is an Australian country music singer. ... Smoky Dawson (born 13 March 1913) is an Australian country music performer. ... Gina Jeffreys (also known as Gina Jeffries] is an Australian Country singer. ... Lee Kernaghan (born April 15, 1964 in Corryong, Victoria, victoria, Australia, is one of Australias most popular and influential country singers and songwriters. ... Chad Morgan (Chadwick William Morgan), The Sheik of Scrubby Creek was inducted into the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown in January 1987. ... Mary Schneider is an Australian performer, renowned for yodelling works of classic composers. ... Sara Storer is an Australian country music singer. ... Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967), is a New Zealand-born, Australia-raised country music singer. ... John Williamson can refer to different persons: John Williamson (economist), senior at Institute for International Economics; John Williamson (singer), an Australian singer John Williamson (singer & songwriter), from Georgia, U.S.A. John Williamson (basketball), a former professional basketball player with the New York Nets. ... Tracy Coster is an Australian country music singer and songwriter. ... Catherine Britt (born 31st December 1984, the youngest child with 3 older brothers) is a Country music artist from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. ... Jamie ONeal is an contemporary country singer and songwriter. ...

Musical groups

The Donovans is an Australian Aboriginal country band. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... Southbound[1] is a Sydney, Australian based country rock band. ...

Radio and television programs

  • Reg Lindsay Country Music Hour - 1960s
  • Saturday Night Country - ABC Local Radio - 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday Night
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  Results from FactBites:
 
Australian Country Music (240 words)
Australian country music is a vibrant part of the music of Australia.
This strain of Australian country music, with lyrics focusing on strictly Australian subjects, is generally known as "bush music" or "bush band music".
Indigenous country music is in evidence at The Deadlys, a celebration of indigenous musicians and their music.
VALE ~ Barry Thornton ~ Australian Country Music Legend (616 words)
He is the only specialist instrumentalist so far inducted to the Country Music Roll of Renown (1991), Barry is credited with originating the distinctive lead guitar sound which set the style of practically all Australian bush ballads.
Inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in 1981, in addition to his touring and playing, Barry has been heavily involved in the Queensland Champion of Champions working, since their inception, to ensure the annual success of the event.
In January, he visited Tamworth for the annual country music festival to catch up with friends and fans and Launceston just last week where, among other things, he was going to help a young artist with their CD launch.
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