Bob Howe – 2010 News Archive
MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
Left: with Nicki Gillis
(photos by Tracy Dann)
Dec 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!
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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.
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3rd 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.
Bob 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 ***
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
Produced by Bob Howe and recorded at Kenilworth Studios, Bondi Beach
Recording has begun at Propaganda Studios for the new BRYEN WILLEMS album…
AUSTRALIA MY COUNTRY
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.
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.
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…
18 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.
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
Below: The DEMON DROME Wall Of Death…
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.
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…
26 years earlier…
Below: WATCH the live performance of ‘Leavin’ You For Myself’ and the official video of ‘I Remember You’
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.
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.
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!
Bob 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!
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 (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
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.
29 April 2010:
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…
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.
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
Bob 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 ***
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…
from Page 452: “More Mighty Guys.
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.
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
“…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)
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!”
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 with 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…
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.
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…
Bob 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…
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…
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…