Bob Howe – 2011 News Archive

The stage
Thanks to the outstanding Radiance of the Seas 9-piece orchestra and the production crew for making this Christmas cruise a time to remember…


Latest review of COLOUR MY WORLD in the November issue of the national Country Update magazine, by ROSIE ADSETT….

BOB HOWE is an industry favourite whose career as a multi-instrumentalist has spanned four decades…” “…For his latest project, the multi-talented Bob has recorded a collection of all-time favourites…”

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Bob headlined his own show at Twin Towns Services Club on Tuesday 22 November 2011. The 90 minute concert was a great success. Many thanks to the Club, the fabulous production crew, and to…

The Brilliant Band
…the Brilliant Band – John Coker (bass), Leon Isackson (drums, vocals), Clare O’Meara (fiddle, vocals), and Dr Rick Best (keyboards).
name in lights!

Great review of COLOUR MY WORLD in the October issue of the national Capital News magazine….

BOB HOWE is one of Australia’s most respected musicians, and the reasons for his popularity are very evident on his new album, which brings his musical talents and warm personality to bear on an eclectic selection of classic songs. The album features a number of superb instrumental tracks, all interpreted by Bob with style and great taste, as well as technical brilliance…” “…There’s something slightly retro and at the same time very cool about this album, which is a sheer joy to listen to.”



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6 Oct 2011: Another full house and great fun at CANTERBURY COUNTRY

Bryen Willems, Wayne Horsburgh, Stacey Morris, Bob Howe, Nicki Gillis (photo by Tracy Dann)

Bob on Manhattan Beach Pier


15 Sept 2011:
Bob is pictured on the Manhattan Beach Pier in California…the oldest standing concrete pier on the West Coast of the USA.   Bob was in Los Angeles on his way to sail from Honolulu, through Kona, Pago Pago and Apia to Suva.    


Just Released – July 2011
2 vocal songs and 10 instrumental tracks…

06. CAVATINA (The Deer Hunter)
09. RECKLESS EYEBALLIN’ (Blue Heelers Theme)


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Full album notes, here         A review by Frank Ifield, click here!

Frank Ifield, Martin Erdman, Bob Howe
20 July 2011: At the ‘The Australian Spirit’ album launch Frank Ifield, Martin Erdman, Bob Howe

CD cover A new CD compliation, compiled by Martin Erdman for his du Monde label. The Australian Spirit includes 19 tracks from artists such as Steve Passfield, Graeme Connors, John Waters and Rolf Harris. Also featured is an all-new version of the song Yerranderie, written and performed by Frank Ifield with vocals by Nicki Gillis and music recorded by Bob Howe.

A bit of History: 35 years earlier, Martin was the producer of the first major recording sessions Bob ever played on, while Bob’s connection as Musical Director for Frank Ifield began nearly thirty years ago. CLICK HERE for more about The Australian Spirit


Donna Fisk and Bob Howe - 2011





“…here’s a song we recorded thirty years ago…”

Surely not!!!



(Photo by Big Dog Bites)

new suitdancing
19 June 2011: Direct from Nashville, Tennessee to the Bulldogs Leagues Club with a new suit and snazzy shoes! (Jim Piesse on drums)
Later…putting on the style with Nicki Gillis (Photos by Tracy Dann)

June 2011 – Nashville, Tennessee

leaving the loungethrough the lobbyup the stairsat the top
The music started in the Sessions Lounge, but couldn’t be contained…

playing from the staircaseBob and Nicki rock out
Hitting the ‘high notes’ at The Sheraton….rockin’ out with Nicki Gillis

Thanks to Jørgen for this video.

Another Tomkins Guitar Showcase, this one at the Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar in Printer’s Alley (photos above by Tracy Dann)
Bob Howe, Chuck Vandenbelt Allan Tomkins and Warren Neilsen
At the Full Moon Saloon showcase with Chuck Vandenbelt, Allan Tomkins and Warren Neilsen (photo by Dawn Ray)
More photos, including Victoria & Barbara Baillie, Darren Carr, Briana Lee, Travis List, Kimberley Bowden, Craig Morrison,
Sandra Humphries, Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters, Dan Murphy & Murphy’s Law, and more at the Tomkins Guitars site…

Bob Howe with presenter Susie Elelman

24 May 2011:
35th Australian Entertainment  ‘MO’ Awards
And the winner is…Best Instrumental or Vocal Instrumental Performer

BOB HOWE Left: Bob with presenter Susie Elelman  

Bob, Karen, Gisele, Graham
In the ACCOMPANYING BAND category, THE TROJANS (Graham Simpson, Peter Kenny, Bob Howe) were named joint winners in a tie with the Vince Lombardo Band!
Pictured above: Bob, Karen, Gisele and Graham Simpson


Twin Towns Services sponsors

The award for Best Instrumental or Vocal Instrumental Performer was sponsored this year by Twin Towns Services Club. Bob remarked during his acceptance speech that 18 years ago, he and Karen had their wedding party at the Twin Towns Club! Pictured above: Twin Towns Director Peter Yaxley, Promotions Manager Nerida Cooper, Chairman Michael Fraser, Bob, CEO Rob Smith. Nicki and Bob with MO Awards  

Big congratulations also to NICKI GILLIS for being named Slim Dusty Country Performer of the Year. Well done Nicki!!

  The star-studded ceremony was held on 24th May 2011 at Bankstown Sports Club in Sydney.   Graham Simpson, Lee Gillis, Nicki Gillis, Frank Ifield, Karen Versace, Bob, (front) Wayne Horsburgh
Celebrating the night…L to R: Graham Simpson, Lee Gillis, Nicki Gillis, Frank Ifield, Karen Versace, Bob, (front) Wayne Horsburgh

Raddy Ferreira and band, 1990s

“Remembering happy times with my friend, mentor and fabulous musician and bandleader, RADDY FERREIRA who sadly passed away recently. Play on Raddy, play on…” From the early nineties, Raddy is pictured here, second from the left with his trademark red bowtie, and on his right is renowned sax-man, Dave Glyde. Ace percussionist Sunil De Silva is on the far right, and Bob is between Sunil and boss bassman Gavin Pitt-Ware.


May 2011:
Bob has been on a southbound tour with WAYNE HORSBURGH and GREG HOOPER.
The trio played to packed houses in Goulburn, Queanbeyan and (pictured here) Wagga Wagga.

L to R: Greg, Wayne, Bob and over-qualified sound technician Grant Luhrs(lying down on the job!)
Photo, thanks to Bev & Barrie Price.        




Nicki & Bob with the birthday cake

19 May 2011: HAPPY 11th BIRTHDAY to CANTERBURY COUNTRY! Thanks to Deb and all at CHP RSL Club, co-host Nicki Gillis, the Hillbilly Heaven Band (Terry, Allan, Tomi & Doug), the technical crew and that night’s guest stars Ami Williamson, Camille Te Nahu & Stuie French and Steve Passfield. (Photo by EyeGraphics). More photos at:

anchored off Moorea
April-May 2011: Bob has been cruising French Polynesia on the Dawn Princess (pictured above, anchored off Moorea). The cruise began in Tahiti and ended in Fiji, from where Bob sent this Mother’s Day wish back to Australia… Mother's Day in Suva

March-May 2011: Issue 60 of COUNTRY UPDATE magazine features Bob’s review of the fabulous Tommy and Phil Emmanuel 50th Anniversary Tour concert from the Tamworth Festival in January.

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If you missed the article, you can read it HERE at Cowboys in Cyberspace.

MO and Bob in Adelaide


March 2011:
While cruising on the Rhapsody of The Seas(along with fellow headline entertainers that included Bruno Lucia, Jenifer Green and Keith Scott), Bob explored the lovely city of Adelaide and found Hindley Street where Roy ‘MO’ Rene was born. Bob already has a couple of ‘MO’ Award statuettes, but he would need a bigger shelf for this one!        



CD cover Congratulations to NICKI GILLIS for another Top Ten hit on the UK & European Radio Chart, this time with ‘The Ballad of Lucy Jordan’. Nicki’s new album ‘Woman of Substance’ is out now, recorded and produced by Bob Howe at his Kenilworth Studios in Sydney. Click here to order your copy!  

Nicki and Bob at Smithfield RSL
Nicki and Bob at Smithfield RSL – 27 Feb 2011 (Photo by Tracy Dann) Thanks to the wonderful audience and the  fabulous Graeme Fisher Allstars band for a great day!

MO Nominee certificate

‘MO’ Nominations! Bob is honoured to once again be a Top 5 nominee in the
Instrumental or Vocal Instrumental Performer category of the
35th Australian Entertainment ‘MO’ Awards !!

Fellow nominees are Danny Elliott, Joey Fimmano, Chris Gable and Amber Jade. The Award winners will be announced on Tuesday 24th May 2011 at Bankstown Sports Club. Bob is also a member of THE TROJANS who are nominated in the ACCOMPANYING BAND category. Congratulations to Country category nominees including NICKI GILLIS and WAYNE HORSBURGH.

Wayne Horsburgh, Frank Ifield, Bob, Karen, Glenn Ware
Feb 16: Celebrating at the MO Awards Nomination Party L to R: Wayne Horsburgh, Frank Ifield, Bob, Karen, Glenn Ware

ACE Nomination 2009 January 2011– Good news just in: BOB HOWE & HILLBILLY HEAVEN were nominated for the second time in the COUNTRY GROUP/BAND category of the AUSTRALIAN CLUB ENTERTAINMENT (A.C.E.) AWARDS, alongside Buckshot, Feral Swing Katz, The Wolverines, Sunny Cowgirls and the eventual winners – The McClymonts. Congratulations to fellow Country category nominees including NICKI GILLIS, DONNA BOYD and WAYNE HORSBURGH. Bob is also a member of THE TROJANS who were nominated in the ACCOMPANYING BAND category. The 13th Annual ACE Awards were held on Wednesday 9th March, 2011 at Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club.


Bob Howe, Anne Kirkpatrick, Michael Vidale
Catching up with friends on a hot summer’s day at the 2011 Tamworth Country Music Festival. L to R: Bob, Anne Kirkpatrick, Michael Vidale


CD coverOut Now!:- The Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) showcases the best of local, independent country music artists with CMAA Independents’ Day! A 2-CD set released on EMI records, featuring 32 tracks by artists that include Felicity Urquhart, Jetty Road, Dianna Corcoran, Kevin Bennett, Tracy Killeen and many more.   Includes the previously unreleased recording of Speak To The Sky by Nicki Gillis & Bob Howe.