Bob Howe – 2013 News Archive

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Christmas in Sydney




Bob finished the year by playing Carols shows with Kamahl (in Lidcombe) and Little Pattie (stompin’ in Maroubra, where else?).


Bob and Karen enjoyed a family Christmas and New Year in Sydney and send best wishes to you, wherever you may be.






10 Dec 2013: Celebrating 40 years as a professional musician…

“…Christmas of 1973, the organiser of The Cellar sent a few of us folkies to sing a night as an audition at the Palace Theatre Bar, one of several bars that had opened in the city arcade that the Hilton Hotel owned and above which, they were building the first Sydney Hilton. Realising the ‘happy hour’ patrons wouldn’t want earnest folk anthems with their gin and tonic, I reverted to my band repertoire and threw in a few happy pop songs. It did the trick and much to the organiser’s surprise, the hotel management picked me to do a run of eleven nights leading up to Christmas. I wasn’t going to let my age get in the way of this as well, so with a slip of the pen, I was in! I have to say that the audience wasn’t really that interested in the music as they were the festive spirit, but I did notice one recurring face taking note. On a break I wandered downstairs to the Marble Bar and realised that face belonged to their singer who was doing a similar job to me. Faced with the same lack of audience adulation, he had been wandering in his breaks and eventually we would meet and chat. He turned out to be a lovely chap named Geoff ‘Tangletongue’ Mack and I would learn that he had written the song ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ which was a smash hit for Lucky Starr and had been a U.S. hit for Hank Snow. Years later, after countless cover versions, it was also one of the last songs recorded by Johnny Cash.”

…from Bob’s Musical Memoirs, The Early Seventies

Anne Kirkpatrick and Bob Howe

Saturday 14 September 2013
Canterbury Country
show #154
and the Hillbilly Heaven band

“Thanks to photographer Paul Thomas for capturing this moment.
I first worked with the wonderful Anne Kirkpatrick when we were teenagers and this night was just as much of a thrill. One of the best things about Canterbury Country is that I get to invite my friends to join us on stage.”

Bob & Nicki



As Australian singer NICKI GILLIS travelled to the U.K. for her Sept.-Oct. tour, her latest single SLIPPIN’ AWAY featuring Bob Howe (Hotdisc 177) reached #11 on the country chart.

You can purchase a download of the track via her website :

 (Photo by Paul Thomas)  


CD cover


Our good friend Wayne Horsburgh was on air for the full three hours of ‘Paul Hazell’s World Of Country’ on Uckfield FM, Sunday 1st September. The show featured Wayne and many special guests (including Bob Howe and Frank Ifield during the last hour) and can now be heard again on demand…CLICK HERE. Paul played many of Wayne’s recordings produced by Bob and also his co-composition sung by Wayne – ‘Diamantina Yodel‘ from Wayne’s CD ‘Yodels and Love Songs’.


Bob Howe and  Maree Montgomery14 July 2013: Sunday Showtime:
Double Bill at The Juniors
Bob Howe and the delightful Maree Montgomery!
Bob onstage at The JuniorsOnstage with the fabulous Joseph Macri Band
Leon, (Bob), Bill & Joe

Colour My World CD cover13th July 2013:
Bob spoke on-air with PETE GRAHAM on Radio 2UE. Every week on his ‘Saturday Night Live’ broadcast, Pete features a local artist and this time he played the ‘Bluegrass Medley’ from Bob’s CD COLOUR MY WORLD’.

Listen again here:

For more information on the COLOUR MY WORLD’ album, CLICK HERE.

Bob11th July 2013:

Pictured Right:
Canterbury Country
show #152 featured
(L to R) Kevin Bennett,
Donna Fisk, Bob Howe
and Aly Cook.

Onstage photos are courtesy of Paul Thomas

Bob, Kevin, Donna Bob, Donna, Kevin, Aly, Doug

Cast of show #15113th June 2013: Canterbury Country show #151 featured
(Front) Bob, (Middle L to R) Ian Lees, Rae Moody, Liz Kinninmont, Mark Lucas, Karen Lynne, Chris Mearns
(Back centre L to R) John Lees, Steve Gunning, Zane Banks

Bob Howe and Amanda Easton
2 June 2013:

Sunday Showtime: Double bill at Cabra-Vale

Bob Howe and the wonderful Amanda Easton!


Left: Pondering the next song perhaps?

(Photo by Rosemary Schofield)



Wayne, Bob & Geoff
28 May 2013:

At the 37th Australian Entertainment MO Awards in Sydney.

“Congratulations to my friends (left) WAYNE HORSBURGH (The Slim Dusty Country Act of the Year)
and (right) GEOFF MACK (Hall of Fame inductee).

I’ve known Geoff since I was 16 – a wonderful entertainer and the composer of the worldwide hit I’ve Been Everywhere.

I’ve played many shows with Wayne over the years and I’m proud to be his record producer.”

(Thanks to Emma Hannah for the photo)

19 May 2013 – VALE Penne Hackforth-Jones
One of Australia’s most recognisable and prolific actors, PENNE HACKFORTH-JONES, has died at the age of 64.
Bob met Ms Hackforth-Jones just once, but she left a lasting impression…literally!

Penne Hackforth-Jones “…As an extra in the 1989 movie KOKADA CRESCENT, I was a policeman. Warren Mitchell and Ruth Cracknell played the grandparents, while Penne Hackforth-Jones portrayed the mother of a character who had just died (played by Patrick Thompson). The scene was shot at night in the old Eveleigh railway yards in Redfern under a rain machine. There was a walk-through and then the master shot, planned to be made in one take. My only direction was to hold the ‘family’ back from the crime scene. On ‘action’, and completely unexpected by me, Penne went in to full-on emotional method acting, screaming distraughtly and beating on my chest in an attempt to get past! Caught by surprise, I would have backed away but my policeman’s wet-weather gear had got caught the umbrella that Warren Mitchell was now brandishing as a weapon. The ‘take’ was successful, but I retired bruised and battered.” Kokoda Crecent DVD cover policeman Bob

John Waters and Bob Howe

13 May 2013:

At the May ‘Break A Leg Lunch’, raising money for Support Act Ltd.

Pictured left: JOHN & PAUL??
Guest speaker at the lunch was Australian actor and musician JOHN WATERS. One of John’s many roles is playing JOHN LENNON in the show he wrote himself, Looking Through A Glass Onion. Bob on the other hand, played PAUL McCARTNEY in the Australian Elizabethan Trust production of Lennon- The Musical. John is currently playing Gomez in The Addams Familymusical and Darcy Proudman in the television series, Offspring



Pictured below:
(back row, L to R:) George Bruno, Frank Ifield, Jim White, Rachel Joy
(front row, L to R:) Wayne Horsburgh, Bob, Karen, Meryl Gross

lunch table

Backstage photo of NICKI, AMI, TED, STEPHANIE, BOB


Thursday 9th May 2013:

Bob has (so far) produced 150 shows at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club in Sydney, under the banner of CANTERBURY COUNTRY.

The 150th concert coincided with the show’s 13th Birthday.

Pictured left to right:
Co-host Nicki Gillis, guest stars for the night Ami Williamson, Ted Simpson, Stephanie Jansen, M.D./host/producer, Bob Howe.

Visit the Canterbury Country Website for a photographic 13 year history and to see the line-up for the upcoming shows.


Postcards from around the World…

Postacard from RarotongaBob has just finished another successful season, entertaining and cruising the Pacific Ocean;
from Hawaii, Samoa, the Cook Islands and Tahiti, down to Australia and New Zealand.

Chris Bailey 2003
Chris Bailey 2003

April 2013:
Sad news in the Australian music scene this month with the passing of many artists and showbiz identities.

CHRIS BAILEY of The Angels and GANGgajang was a fabulous bass player and musician. It was always a delight to play alongside him in the studio (Allan Caswell & Don Spencer sessions) or on stage. I took this photo of Chris at a Jimmy Little album launch in 2003. Read more about his life here…

DON DENMAN was a veteran of the Sydney country music scene. I had the pleasure of playing in his band ‘Country Road’ through 1975-76. It was a wonderful learning experience as we tackled varied audiences and we had some memorable gigs at the infamous Redfern RSL Club on a Saturday afternoon, When it came time for us to accompany the guest artist, the late Wally Nash would join us on piano, to steer us through. Facebook tributes are here…

TOMMY TYCHO was conducting his orchestra when I first played the Sydney Opera House in 1979. I was in Reg Lindsay’s band, The Overnighters, and for the finale of the charity event we joined with Tommy’s orchestra and soprano Suzanne Steele. Many years later I had thrill of the Maestro handing me my first ‘MO’ award. More about Tommy here…

Don Denman
Don Denman
Tommy Tycho, Geoff Harvey, Bob Howe 2006
Tommy Tycho, Geoff Harvey, Bob Howe 2006









Tivoli poster


Sunday Showtime, 24th March 2013 @ Petersham RSL


Showtime: 3pm




Bob Howe, Stephanie Jansen and Frank Ifield


Congratulations to STEPHANIE JANSEN, Winner of the 2013 Frank Ifield International Spur Award!


Pictured right: Bob, Stephanie and Frank Ifield on Thursday 14 March 2013, backstage at Bob’s CANTERBURY COUNTRY show which plays host to the award every year in March.






Snapshots from the 2013 Central Coast Country Music Festival (click on the photo to enlarge)

CCCMF poster 2013


10 March 2013:
“I had a great time this weekend at The Entrance, hosting the Memorial Park stage for the 2013 Central Coast Country Music Festival  and getting to introduce so many of my friends! Special thanks to Donna & Kellie from The Entrance Town Centre Management who looked after us all so well.”






MO Nominee certificate 2012

‘MO’ Nominations:

Bob is honoured to be a finalist in the Best Versatile/Variety Act category of the
37th Australian Entertainment MO’ Awards !!

Bob is also a member of THE TROJANS who are nominated in the ACCOMPANYING BAND category.

The Award winners were announced on Tuesday 28th May 2013 at the Bankstown Sports Club.



27 January 2013: At the 41st Tamworth Country Music Festival, the TOMKINS LATE NIGHT HONKY TONK band,
still standing after 10 consecutive nights working on the midnight shift at Wests (well, 11.30pm to 2.15am to be accurate)!
Pictured above, L to R: Bob Howe, Terry Phillpot, Damien Odell and Allan Tomkins.

Frank Ifield, Bob Howe, Wayne HorsburghCongratulations to WAYNE HORSBURGH (above right) who was the 2013 inductee to the Australian Country Music Roll of Renown this year.
In association with the Australian Country Music Foundation, Bob mastered a special commemorative CD compilation of Wayne’s work.
Pictured above left, is FRANK IFIELD who was inducted himself in 2003.

finale line-up22 January 2013: The finale of the WAYNE HORSBURGH & GRAHAM RODGER concert, at the Tamworth Community Centre.
Pictured above, L to R: Gary Boyle, Wayne Horsburgh, Glen Albrecht, Graham Rodger, Bob Howe. (Photo courtesy of Robyn McIntosh)
Congratulations to Graham on his recent awards, including the Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad of the Year.

ACE2012 certificate


January 2013 – Good news just in:

were nominated again in the COUNTRY GROUP category of the
alongside Buckshot, Feral Swing Katz, The Wolverines, Sunny Cowgirls
and the eventual winners – The McClymonts.

The 15th Annual ACE Awards were held on Wednesday 20th March 2013, at ‘The Juniors’ in Kingsford.