Bob Howe – 2010 News Archive


Holiday Lights Bob, Karen, Carole, Frank

16 Dec 2010: Celebrating the holiday season by watching the hilarious show at The Major Oak Theatre Restaurant in St Marys, NSW.
L to R: Bob and his wife Karen with Carole and Frank Ifield.

Jumping with Christmas joy at the BACK TO THE TIVOLI show at Petersham RSL…

Bob jumping Nicki and Bob Bob

Left: with Nicki Gillis
(photos by Tracy Dann)

shopping in NZDec 2010: Bob is just back from a week on the Rhapsody of The Seas, cruising the east coast of New Zealand. Other headlining entertainers on the cruise included String Fever, Liz Layton and Jackie Love.

Pictured left: Shopping in New Zealand for a new stage outfit?

Pictured below: Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud!

long white cloud


20 Nov 2010: Aussie singing legend LUCKY ‘I’ve Been Everywhere, Man’ STARR
was the special guest on the GARY PUCKETT and the UNION GAP tour.


At Ettalong Bowling Club, Lucky was was backed by the UNION GAP and Bob Howe.
Pictured above, L to R: Jimmy, Mike Candito, Lucky, Bob, Woody Lingle.
Pictured below, L to R: Jimmy, Gary Puckett, Mike, Woody.


Worldwide chart action and downloads:
Download the MP3 single of An Australian Trilogy by Nicki Gillis + Bob Howe via iTunes or from (below)  
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The NICKI GILLIS version of I Remember You, featuring Frank Ifield and produced by Bob Howe, is receiving great airplay and country chart action. This week it is at #3 on the Swedish airplay chart, (Tack så mycket, Sverige!) #7 in France and #14 in the overall European survey! You can mail-order the CD single that also includes the video clip of the song with footage of Nicki, Frank and Bob, by clicking HERE. You can also download the music via iTunes.

  Download the MP3 single of An Australian Trilogy by Nicki Gillis + Bob Howe via iTunes or from (below)


Geoff Mack and Bob Howe3rd November 2010: While attending the album launch of Pilliga Pete & Clarrie The Cocky by John Waters, Bob caught up with a long-time friend, GEOFF ‘Tangletongue’ MACK who wrote the worldwide hit song ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’, first made popular by Lucky Starr. Bob and Geoff first met just before the Christmas of 1973 when they were performing in different bars of the then new Sydney Hilton Hotel.  



  Radio setBob talked to Barbara Morison on All Kinds Of Country, Sat 6th Nov. 2010 on 2SER 107.3 FM about that month’s Cowboys In Cyberspace column plus the Canterbury Country show and more… *** LISTEN HERE – MP3 ***



Thursday 14th October 2010 saw the return of ‘BY SPECIAL REQUEST’
at Canterbury Country with 30 favourite songs of the audience performed by
(photo by Karen V)

Big Bob in Pago Pago
Pictured above: Bob in Pago Pago,(American Samoa) in between performing on the Sapphire Princess

Out Now on CD! A Salute to Marty Robbins by WAYNE HORSBURGH A Salute to Marty Robbins
Produced by Bob Howe and recorded at Kenilworth Studios, Bondi Beach


Recording has begun at Propaganda Studios for the new BRYEN WILLEMS album…

The Rhythm Section!
30 Aug 2010 – The Rhythm Section…
L to R: Bob Howe (acoustic guitar and harmonica), Allan Tomkins (bass), Malcolm Hamerston (drums), Bryen Willems (vocals) and producer Gary Brown.

Latest releases:
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20 songs about Australia…by Australians Out now on OZ Records.

Features Rolf Harris, Ian (Macca) McNamara, Frank Ifield, John Waters, Jimmy Little and many more,

plus a brand new recording of Waltzing Matilda by Nicki Gillis & Bob Howe.

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is the latest CD by acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter ALLAN CASWELL and is out now on Shoestring Records.

It features Bob on acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica, bass and 6-string banjo.

on stage Bob, Nicki and Ralph
Back in Australia!
Bob, Nicki and Ralph at Club Central, Hurstville for Bob’s Classic Twang! show
on 15 August 2010 (photos by Tracy Dann)








Audience video from the very last gig of the Nicki Gillis UK 2010 tour. Shot at Little Harrowden WMC Northamptonshire by Mark. The set started as an acoustic show with only Nicki & Bob, but with Cozy and Dave being in the audience, the temptation to rock out the finale was too great…

Nicki Gillis UK Touring Band 2010
The NICKI GILLIS UK Touring Band 2010 – L to R: Dave, Nicki, Bob, Cozy at their last full show at The Great North Festival in County Durham


NGB UK at Welshpool18 July 2010: The Nicki Gillis UK Band at the Heulwen Trust Country & Western Music Festival , held at the Powis Castle Showground, Welshpool in Wales.
L to R: Cozy, Nicki Bob, Dave (photo by Chris Clemo)  
Below: a Bob’s Eye view of the Welshpool dancers in front of the stage.

The crowd dancing at Welshpool

Nicki Gillis Band on mainstage
Above and below: The NICKI GILLIS BAND on main stage at the U.K. AMERICANA FESTIVAL, Saturday evening, 10th July 2010. 
L to R: Dave Clemo, Nicki Gillis, Cozy Dixon (obscured), Bob Howe (photos by Chris Clemo)
main stage

Nicki and Bob


For the first time since recording Richard Thompson’s Wall Of Death song for the COLLABORATION album, here was the real thing! After Nicki and Bob performed the song on the mainstage of the Americana Festival, Dave and Pete of the DEMON DROME were kind enough to give a guided tour…thanks guys!   “beware of the bearded lady..” “…maybe you’re strong but what’s the good of ringing a bell…” – Richard Thompson

(photo by Chris Clemo)

Below: The DEMON DROME Wall Of Death…

Demon Drome - Wall of Death
Bob, Nicki, Dave
Above: Bob, Nicki and Dave (photo by Chris Clemo)


at St. Vincent'sNicki, Katie Martin, Bob

Above Left: After a special acoustic performance for SSAFA the good folk at St. Vincent’s Home for Veterans on the Isle Of Wight, 8th July 2010…

Above Right: At BBC Radio Solent with Katie Martin, earlier that day.

Nicki Gillis Band in Rugby
3rd July 2010: The Nicki Gillis Band at Hillmorton Ex-Services Club in Rugby, Bob’s hometown! Full story here…
L to R: Dave, Cozy, Nicki, Bob (photo by Tracy Dann)


John Griff, Nicki Gillis, Bob Howe Radio set Latest interview: Friday 2nd July 2010 Nicki Gillis & Bob Howe on BBC Northampton with John Griff LISTEN to the entire interview (12 minutes) L to R: John, Nicki, Bob (photos by Tracy Dann)

Later that day…

Barbary Coast 2010
2010 – The BARBARY COAST Band reunion at Earls Barton WMC.
L to R: Bob, Bugsy, Robbo, Basil, Cozy

26 years earlier…

Barbary Coast 1984
The BARBARY COAST Band in 1984
L to R: Bob, Bugsy, Robbo, Basil, Cozy


Bob, Mark, NickiBob Howe & Nicki Gillis performed live on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on Monday 28th June 2010, on the Mark Powlett show, broadcast live on 94.8, 104 and 103.7 FM, DAB and on the web.

Below: WATCH the live performance of ‘Leavin’ You For Myself’ and the official video of ‘I Remember You’

NICKI GILLIS and FRANK IFIELD The official video for the new version of I Remember You. Record produced by Bob Howe. Video directed by Ross Wood.

NICKI GILLIS and BOB HOWE performing Leavin’ You For Myself live at BBC Coventry & Warwickshire on 28th June 2010 on the Mark Powlett show. Video thanks to Tracy Dann.

Rugby AdvertiserRugby Observer
Rugby Advertiser and Rugby Observer articles June 2010
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A new track has been recorded especially for the tour… ‘An Australian Trilogy’ by Nicki Gillis & Bob Howe is available for download now from CD Baby, and soon from other online music providers.

An Australian Trilogy

The 2010 NICKI GILLIS U.K. Tour began on June 18th…


Nicki’s latest CD single, produced by Bob, is a brand new recording of I REMEMBER YOU with Frank Ifield. It can be ordered here. The CD also includes the video clip of the song!

Radio setBob talked to Barbara Morison on All Kinds Of Country, Sat 5th June 2010 on 2SER 107.3 FM about that month’s Cowboys In Cyberspace column plus the Canterbury Country show and more… *** LISTEN HERE – MP3 ***


13 May 2010: CANTERBURY COUNTRY celebrated its TENTH BIRTHDAY!

Nicki and Bob with cake!
Hosts NICKI GILLIS and BOB HOWE with the birthday cake! (Photos by Terry Phillpot – Eyegraphics)

To help celebrate this milestone, the ever popular duo of Camille Te Nahu & Stuie French returned, Keith Glass dropped in from the USA (Keith and Stuie were also on the very first Canterbury Country show), country gold record winner Roland Storm rocked the piano and as always,there was a big surprise. Making a very special appearance was the legendary Australian songstress Diana Trask and Bob Howe 2010DIANA TRASK (pictured below right), who’s amazing career included topping the American country charts in the seventies and had now returned to launch her autobiography, ‘Whatever Happened to Diana Trask’ (read more about Diana in the June issue of Capital News magazine). Bob and Diana last worked together in 1980 (when Bob toured in Diana’s band) and in 1976 (in the studios of Festival Records).

It was May 2000 when CANTERBURY COUNTRY was first launched, gradually building a loyal following until today, it has become Sydney’s most popular regular country music show! From an idea of Denis McNamara (then Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club‘s Entertainment Manager) who was scouting for talent in Tamworth, Bob Howe was enlisted to produce and host a concert on the second Thursday of every month that would encompass a variety of country music stars, songwriters and musicians. Bob sends a huge thank you to the Club for its on-going support, the untiring patience of Debbie Kelso, and the expertise of the resident technical production team. The show is now a regular highlight on the calendar for many country music fans and artists alike. Tribute must also be paid to the past and present members of ACE and MO Award nominated HILLBILLY HEAVEN BAND, especially the long-standing current line-up that includes Terry Phillpot (drums), Allan Tomkins (bass), Tomi Graso (pedal steel) and the show’s award-winning co-host and vocalist, Nicki Gillis.

11 May 2010:

And the winner is… Best Instrumental or Vocal Instrumental Performer 34th Australian Entertainment ‘MO’ Awards BOB HOWE

Nicki Gillis, Bob Howe, Frank Ifield

Above: Bob is congratulated by Nicki Gillis and Frank Ifield

At the glittering MO Awards ceremony, Bob was honoured to be named Best Instrumental or Vocal Instrumental Performer. At the close of the night the video clip of I Remember You by fellow nominee Nicki Gillis, received rapturous applause just prior to the announcement that this year’s Hall of Fame recipient was Frank Ifield.

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A scene from the video…Frank, Bob & Nicki

29 April 2010:
Launched worldwide on 2UE’s Afternoons with Tim Webster…a brand new recording of I REMEMBER YOU by NICKI GILLIS with Frank Ifield. This version of the song was produced and recorded by Bob Howe at Kenilworth Studios in Sydney, Australia.

Watch the video HERE… …and order the CD single
that also includes the video clip of the song!

Update – May 6: I REMEMBER YOU by NICKI GILLIS with FRANK IFIELD has entered the UK Hotdisc Country airplay chart at #6


Thursday 29th April 2010: Canterbury Country presented a ‘CONCERT FOR BARBARA’ at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney. This all-star benefit show filled the auditorium with a huge wave of support for Barbara Tomkins to help her through a time of serious illness. Full details and PHOTOS are HERE

concert finale
Darren Carr and the cast farewell the crowd…

Radio setBob talked about the Barbara Tomkins Benefit concert with Felicity Urquhart on Saturday Night Country, on ABC Radio …   *** LISTEN HERE – MP3 ***


Radio setBob talked about his career, the Barbara Tomkins Benefit concert and more with Johnny K on @The Shed, Fri 22nd April 2010 for 2MCR 100.3FM Macarthur Community Radio … *** LISTEN HERE – MP3 ***

CD cover April 2010: Out now…Wonderland, an E.P. by marvellous singer-songwriter NICK GREEN from the Northern beaches of Sydney. Produced by Al Craig at Black Inc Recorders, the tracks feature Bob Howe on guitars and mandolin. Check out Nick’s website to order your copy.

Also under way, a new ALLAN CASWELL album. Pictured below at legendary Alberts Studios,

(L to R:) Bob Howe , Allan Caswell, Dave Skinner, Al Craig (seated), Mark Marriott.

Bob Howe , Allan Caswell, Dave Skinner, Al Craig (seated), Mark Marriott.

Greg Hooper, Wayne Horsburgh, Bob Howe


April 2010: On tour to Goulburn, Wagga Wagga and Benalla.

(L to R:) Greg Hooper, Wayne Horsburgh, and Bob Howe.

Photo by Bev Price of the Wagga Wagga CMC


Radio setBob talked to Barbara Morison on All Kinds Of Country, Sat 3rd April 2010 on 2SER 107.3 FM about that month’s Cowboys In Cyberspace column plus the Canterbury Country show and more… *** LISTEN HERE – MP3 ***

Leon and Bob 31 March 2010: Bob and Leon in the View Bar of the Steyne Hotel in Manly…a great night as Oz rock ‘n’ roll royalty gathered to celebrate the book launch of Behind the Rock and Beyond by Leon Isackson and Jon Hayton. “A no-holds-barred, eyewitness story, Behind The Rock is a vital document for understanding the history of Oz Rock”. Avaiable now in all good book stores and online from Amazon, where you can preview the first chapter…


Bob Howe, Leon Isackson and Tommy Emmanuel

from Page 452: “More Mighty Guys.
L: Bob Howe, Leon and Tommy Emmanuel.”

MO Nominee certificate

‘MO’ Nominations!

Bob is honoured to once again be a Top 6 nominee in the Instrumental or Vocal Instrumental Performer category of the 34th Australian Entertainment ‘MO’ Awards !!

Fellow nominees are Danny Elliott, Joey Fimmano, Mary Schneider, Ross Maio and Ziggy Zapata. The Award winners will be announced on Tuesday 11th May 2010 at Bankstown Sports Club. Bob is also a member of THE TROJANS who are nominated in the ACCOMPANYING BAND category along with the Bob McKinnon Band, the Graeme Fisher Allstars, the Vince Lombardo Band and Western Front.

Bob in Brunei   March 2010: Pictured left: Big Bob in Brunei  

Pictured below: Relaxing on-board the Sun Princess in Hong Kong with fellow entertainers…

L to R: Trevor Knight, Normie Rowe, Maggie Scott, Bob Howe

Trevor Knight, Normie Rowe, Maggie Scott, Bob Howe



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“…this collection is an interesting look at ten pop and rock songs through this country tinged duet collaboration …opening with Richard Thompson’s ‘Wall of Death’ there is an element of the fabulous Seekers vocal group arrangements…even the Everly Brothers track ‘The Price of Love’ (is) treated to Bob Howe’s best Hank Marvin guitar. It’s wonderful to hear these two together…” – Rosie Adsett, Country Update, Issue 56 (March 2010)

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flag 11 March 2010: European Country Music Association’s Website reports that based on radio airplay, Chasing Cars by Nicki Gillis & Bob Howe is #2 in Denmark, plus #16 in the independent ‘Most Played Songs’ across Europe for the last survey. “Mange tak, Danmark!”


Nicki #1 11 March 2010: Congratulations to NICKI GILLIS, winner of the 2009 Frank Ifield International Spur Award, for hitting the No. 1 spot on the Hotdisc chart in the U.K. and staying at the top for a fourth week CD coverwith her own composition Be A Star from her album Lucy’s Daughter! A great prelude to her second tour of the U.K. coming up in June and July 2010. Photos from the 2010 Award night are here…







Higher ground in Suva

28 Feb 2010: Special thanks to the staff of the Holiday Inn at Suva in Fiji, who took all the guests to higher ground and looked after us when the Tsunami alert was sounded, following the tragic earthquake in Chile. After a couple of hours the all-clear sounded and fortunately the Pacific Princess finally came to shore and it was off to French Polynesia….

Saturday 27 February 2010: John Nutting will step behind the microphone for the last time and present a special edition of Saturday Night Country with new host Felicity Urquhart. They will look back at program highlights since 1993 and play tributes from the characters and guests who have contributed to the show. The program can be heard from 10pm Saturday to 2am Sunday AEST on ABC Local Radio and on ABC Country through Digital Radio in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.

Toby Nutting, Felicity Urquhart, John Nutting, Bob Howe
L to R: Toby Nutting, Felicity Urquhart, John Nutting, Bob Howe

Bob is proud to have been a part of John’s show, relayed across 60 stations nationally, plus the world via the Web and Radio Australia, presenting the ‘Gig Guide’ live every Saturday night for 7 years (and becoming known as ‘Big Bob from Bondi‘ in the process). Bob also co-hosted on numerous occasions from the Sydney, Tamworth and Mildura studios, reported in from the USA in 2004 and 2008, and performed live music on the air. Some of those highlights are here…

Radio setBob talked to Barbara Morison on All Kinds Of Country, Sat 6th Feb 2010 on 2SER 107.3 FM about that month’s Cowboys In Cyberspace column plus the Canterbury Country show and more… *** LISTEN HERE – MP3 ***

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL ! 2010 is already shaping up to be an exciting year. The TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL was huge fun as always… Bob Howe and Anne Kirkpatrick


Jan 16th: Bob began his Festival at the TAMWORTH TOWN HALL as Music Director for the Australian Country Music Hall Of Fame – Tribute To The Pioneering Ladies Concert with Anne Kirkpatrick, Dianne Lindsay, Wayne Horsburgh, Clelia Adams, Lily Conners, Jodie Crosby and Steve Newton, Peter Pratt, Tracy Killeen, Lou Bradley, Paul Wilson, Geoff Mack and Sue Archer.


Pictured left: Bob & ANNE KIRKPATRICK at Tamworth Town Hall. “…We did our first gig together in 1976! Always great to work with her again. Congrats to Anne on making it to The Australian CM Roll of Renown this year.” Anne is wearing one of Joy McKean’s (her Mum) vintage stage outfits. Later that night was the COUNTRY FOR LIFELINE 2010 CONCERT starring Chad Morgan, The Bushwackers, Wayne Horsburgh, Brewster Bros, Allan Caswell, Deniese Morrison, McAlister Kemp, Tracy Killeen, Ronni Rae Rivers, Ryan Sampson and more…

The Hall of Fame Orchestra
The Hall of Fame Orchestra: (L to R:) Gary Brown, Mike Kerin, Terry Phillpot, Rusty Cochrane, Bob Howe (Photos by Karen V.)


The Spur finale
Jan 20: A standing ovation for FRANK IFIELD’s International Spur Award Show at the Tamworth Town Hall,
with Bob Howe & the Hillbilly Heaven band and a surprise appearance from Darren Carr.
(Photo by Peter Versace)


Trev guests...
Later that night at the Family Hotel, bluegrass champion TREV WARNER makes a surprise appearance and Bob tries to steal his licks on stage…
Bob Howe and Trev WarnerBob and Nicki
Bob and Trev…                      Nicki Gillis came to duet as well…
The Honky Tonk Nights Band
HONKY-TONK NIGHTS were back each night at the FAMILY HOTEL The Band
(L to R: front) Jo Ellis (fiddle), Bryen Willems (acc. guitar), Kirk Steele (keys), Rusty Cochrane (bass),
(back) Bob Howe (elec. guitar), Terry Phillpot (drums), Gary Brown (steels & dobro) (Photos by Karen V.)


The Tomkins band
Gary Brown, Bob Howe, Terry Phillpot, Allan Tomkins, Warren Neilsen

Bob Jan 20: The TOMKINS GUITAR SHOWCASE – a full house at Blazes (Wests Leagues) and dozens of guests including Beccy Cole, Travis Collins, John Stone (USA) and The Heartleys (NZ). Bob was joined this year by co-host NICKI GILLIS, now also the proud owner of a Tomkins Guitar (see photo below). (Photos by Peter Versace) More photos here…

Bob and Nicki

Latest Australian review in for Collaboration was written by Martin Jones in the January 2010 issue of Rhythms magazine: “…a very gentle, enjoyable experience…”