Just when you thought it was safe to go back the record shop!!!!
The Naked Poets retiurn to scene of the crime in the wake of the great sales of Naked Poets 1, 2 , 3 & 4 To release Naked Poets 5For Details check here or ring Ring Tamworth Golf Club
Two Members of the Naked Poets , The late Bobby Miller and Ray Essery scooped the Bush Laureates again this year as The Winners in the 2005 Australian Bush Laureate Awards were announced before a capacity audience in the Tamworth Town Hall this afternoon.
In Book of the Year, the winner was Poems Of Bob Miller The Larrikin by Bob Miller (published by Saddlesaw Productions for Sandy Miller).
In Book of the Year, Original Verse, the winner was Poems Of Bob Miller The Larrikin by Bob Miller (published by Saddlesaw Productions for Sandy Miller).
In Album of the Year, the winner was On The Road Again by Ray Essery (Restless Music, produced by Roger Ilott).
In Single Recorded Performance of the Year, the winner was Not Gone by Janine Haig (from the Janine Haig The Eulo Poet album, Janine Haig Recording J Haig/M Haig).
Winner of the Judith Hosier Heritage Award (named in honour of Australian Bush Laureate Awards founder) was Kelly Dixon, a long time writer of bush ballads.
This was the 10th anniversary year of the Australian Bush Laureate Awards which were instigated in 1996 to recognise excellence in published and recorded Australian bush poetry.
Winners receive an attractive, finely crafted sculpture of a pen in the shape of a gumleaf giving the trophy the name "the Golden Gumleaf".
The gala Awards presentation in Tamworth today featured performances by Beccy Cole, Travis Collins, Kelly Dixon, Pat Drummond, Ray Essery, Shirley Friend, Jim Haynes, Glenn Jones, Paddy Ryan and Brendon Walmsley.
The 2006 Australian Bush Laureate Awards will be staged in Tamworth on Tuesday, January 24.
January 2003 Tamworth Country Music festival
It was a glittering event at The Tamworth Town Hall in the height Of The Tamworth Country Music Festival. With 2,000 people crammed in to attend what has become the premier spoken word Awards in Australia, the atmosphere was electric.
For the fourth year in a row members of the The Naked Poets were among the Grand Finalists, as the capacity audience in Tamworth's famous Town Hall witnessed the eighth annual presentation of The Australian Bush Laureate Awards. The gala Awards presentation in Tamworth on Tuesday, January 21st was a sellout event featuring performances by Adam Brand, Brendon Walmsley, Melinda Schneider, Sara Storer, Wallis & Matilda, Jim Haynes, Jim Brown, Frank Daniel, Karm Gilespie, Marco Gliori and Shirley Friend (of the Naked Poets), Neil McCarthur, Gary Fogarty, Jack Drake, Roderick Williams and Glenny Palmer. The stunning entertainment program provided a perfect backdrop to this year's presentation of Golden Gumleaf trophies.
The Best of the Bush presentation looked at Banjo Patterson's bush heritage, in a tribute, in verse and song by Adelaide actor, Karm Gilespie
In Book of the Year, the winner was Songs Of The Droving Season, written by Bruce Simpson, published by ABC Books.
In Book of the Year, Original Verse, the winner was Frogs And Dogs And Kids, written by Roderick Williams, published by Bonza Blue Dog Publications.
In Album of the Year, the winner was 'The Naked Poets 3 ... butt seriously' released by Shoestring Records.
In a moving tribute to the late Bobby Miller, the group's producer and singer/songwriter Pat Drummond, flanked by his fellow Naked Poets and Sandy Miller, told the capacity audience
"Country music is rich in tales of families who become acts and go on to become successful businesses. No less wonderful, however, are those acts that start as businesses and go on to become families. This was very much the case with The Naked Poets. There is no doubt that our family has suffered a massive loss this year with the passing of Poetry Legend, Bobby Miller. But Bobby will never be entirely lost to us. He lives on in the albums we recorded together; he lives on in the poems and songs that he left us; poems that are constantly recited by fledgling Bush Poets around the nation. He lives on in the Spirit of the Bush Poetry fraternity and he will live on in the people you see standing beside me on this stage tonight." Holding the award up to a cheering crowd he encapsulated the group's sentiment by saying simply"This One's for Bob."
The Single Recorded Performance of the Year, went to Bigger, Sharper Spurs by Gary Fogarty (on the Bigger, Sharper Spurs album) released by Restless Music, produced by Roger Ilott.
Gary who performed the poem magnificently showed the audience just why it was selected. It was a satisfying development to see some serious poetry returning to favour in the awards after all the comedic successes of recent times. Fellow nominee, Jack Drake, who was last years winner, also mesmerised the crowd with a superb rendition of his timely poem " The Realities Of War"
The late Bobby Miller of The Naked Poets was one of the Grand Finalists in this category. Bobby was in fact the first receipiant of the Golden Gumleaf at The Verry first Bush Laureate Award which were instigated in 1996 to recognise excellence in published and recorded Australian bush poetry. 2003 is the eighth year of the Australian Bush Laureate Awards
Winner of the Judith Hosier Heritage Award (named in honour of the Awards founder) was ABC Regional & Rural Radio.
This was the eighth year of the Australian Bush Laureate Awards which were instigated in 1996.
This now Brings The Naked Poets Tally Of Golden Gumleaf Awards to a total of eight, more than any other act.
Bobby Miller of the group held three awards.
Murray Hartin received two awards for the Book of the Year and Original Book of the Year awards with his publication Turbulence And Other Hot Air in 2002
2001 saw the Naked Poets receive both Album of the Year for 'Naked Poets 2 new directions' and Best Single Recorded Performance for Marco Gliori's 'The Other Homebush Games'
In 2000 it was Murray Hartin's 'Turbulence' from Naked poets 1...liev which landed Best Single Recorded Performance for the group.
In a world already seriously traumatized by the events of the past year, mental health experts are now seriously concerned about the impact on public sanity occasioned by the release of the long-awaited "Naked Poets 3 butt...seriously "
This seriously bent offering which premiered at The Gympie Muster and features Murray Hartin's "Are You Talking To Me?" the saga of a bloke who rings his 'problem' neighbour with a vitriolic 'full serve' only to discover afterwards that he's rung the local Vicar by mistake; and Marco Gliori's classic "The Roo and the Blue"; the original version of the modified cover that Bobby Magor has so popularised around Australia in recent years.
2 hilarious new songs "If I Die Before Keith Richards I'll Be Pissed Off To The Max" and "Marilyn Monroe Was a Size 14" also feature and are performed as only Pat Drummond and 'The Combined Naked Poets, Carols by Alcohol, Choir' can; while Bobby Miller delivers a killer live version of his perennially popular "Bingo".
Shirley Friend (only she could get away with it) hones in on 'Underarm Arm Hair removal" and Ray Essery's eternally bewildered Dairy Farmer delivers some sidesplitting observations on rural life.
This is required listening for Country Comedy fans and is being carried 'on shelf 'by HMV Queensland, ABC Shops nationally and around 700 proudly independent Record Shops; including St Mary's Sound Centre NSW and The Country Music Store in Brisbane. Melanie Walker at Customer order is also supplying Sanity Shops around the country.
A full-on two week promotion with 4AAA Brisbane starts this week and Half Page Colour Ads in Country Update; Trad and Now and Cap News will appear over the next few months. In all, five tracks will appear on the widely circulated NFS (Country Singles) CD; so you will hear a lot more about this album in the coming months. Pre-release sales to retailers who experienced such success with the cult classic "Turbulence" have been excellent and and this release, which represents the Poets first offering in two years; has been eagerly awaited by legions of 'Poethead' fans who make the live shows in Tamworth every year such a 'hot ticket' item.
The Naked Poets now have a fully computer animated ad airing on Queensland television Modelled and animated by Matthew Drummond of Drummond Design the ad features the little fat naked guy that we all suspect is modelled on one of us...we're just not sure who!?!?!
Download the Quicktime movie here soon
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