Bribie Island Country Music Club

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  The HOTBAND (It Sizzles)

JEFFREY THORPE – (Musical Director) LEAD GUITAR, BASS, or whatever is needed
(Keyboard this month for Pam)

You may have seen Jeff over recent years filling in on Keyboard, Bass or Lead Guitar to cover missing Hot Band members, which is strange because he’s actually an ex professional drummer having toured with performers including Jamie Redfern, Phillip Gould, Russel Morris, Marty Rhone and a stint as Judy Stone’s drummer and also as Musical Director for a past student of his Eddie Youngblood who went on to win many Mo Awards for his Elvis Tribute show.

As a pro muso, Jeff worked up to 6 hours a night/6 nights a week, so backing our socials on a variety of instruments is not a problem.

He is also a founding member and the Musical Director of the Bribie Big Band where he plays Bass and writes all the band arrangements which to date total 100. He was also instrumental in the beginnings of the Hot Band and is a past Musical Director/Band Manager of the club.

He has had a long career in music and education and has managed to score a few runs along the way these include writing:

·       A top 40 hit

·       Several Musicals

·       Four Music Textbooks

·       A number of internationally published and performed compositions

Jeff also enjoys the challenge and precision needed to work in pit bands of Musicals and has played in about 50 to date (Hairspray, The Wiz, Grease, Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat and Pirates of Penzance are a few).

In his spare time, he managed to teach for 30 plus years including 16 years in school administration where he was presented with a 2001 Australia Day Award for outstanding service within Education Queensland.

Jeff is proud to be a member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia (stamp no. 606).

So – why country? – Jeff really enjoys the music and that’s enough of a reason he reckons.





Pam Clarke, singer/songwriter, independent recording artist and musician, has toured extensively throughout the eastern states of Australia with her self-contained show and performed at many music festivals including Tamworth and Mildura.  Pam has shared the stage with such notables as Evelyn Bury, Slim“Redback on the Toilet Seat” Newton, the late Stan Coster and Terry Gordon.

A dual finalist at the 2002 Tamworth TIARA Awards, Pam also features on numerous compilations and receives national and international airplay for her original songs. 

                  Formerly from the Broken Hill area in north western N.S.W, Pam knows the land and its hardships, having been raised in the N.S.W. outback and living on a sheep station.

Becoming involved in the music industry in 1989, Pam successfully juggled her two lives as a singer-entertainer and partner in primary production before moving to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast in 2003 where she released her fourth album and more recently, her long-awaited album number five, “I Love Music”. Pam regularly entertains at aged-care facilities, seniors associations, clubs and venues around the Sunshine Coast and as featured guest artist for several country music clubs. She also enjoys playing keyboards in the Bribie Island Country Music Club’s “Hot Band”.                                                                                                  

Musical inspirations:  Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Alan Jackson, Glenn Campbell, Charlie Pride to name a few…

Instruments played:  Initially the piano (mostly play ‘by ear’ although I received piano lessons for the eight years I was at boarding school); self-taught guitar, banjo (I know a few chords to get me through ‘Applejack!’), musette – what I played when I appeared on Channel 9 all those years ago – it’s a short version (kind of) of the recorder…. 


Equipment used:  In solo shows, I use an ‘Applause’ guitar (similar to an ‘Ovation’) which I ‘midi into’ a ‘Roland’ E35 keyboard.  This results in the keyboard arrangement following the guitar chords thus giving me backing…I use an ‘EV’ head mike and ‘TC Helicon’ harmoniser.  Sometimes I will ‘midi in’ a ‘Roland’ drum machine for extra ‘punch!!’

For country music clubs, I use a ‘Maton’ guitar.








Rythm Guitar

  Robbie Webster was born in Scotland in 1949. He arrived in Australia two years later and lived in Townsville. His country music started in 1986. He competed in festivals in North Queensland where he won quite a few awards. In 1994, he came down to Redcliffe and joined Blue Denim CMC and Redcliffe CMC. He was invited to ‘Champion of Champions’ five times. In 1998, he joined Bribie Island CMC has been playing in their ‘Hot Band’ for about 15 years. He married his sweetheart Vonnie in 2000 and they enjoy going to Tamworth every year together. They formed "Deep Water" in 1999. Many friends have helped them out for which they are grateful for but their special thanks goes to Jimmy Dunham who believed in them and pushed them forward--Vonnie says they were like the ‘Three Stooges!!’  Robbie plays a Taylor guitar and enjoys listening to Ricky Van Shelton, Jim Reeves and Hank Williams amongst many others. He also enjoys visiting other clubs with Vonnie and catching up with old mates.  Robbie and Vonnie have CD's available



Pedal Steel

My name is Winston Black and I am a member of the Brisbane Steel Guitar Club. I began playing with a lap steel that I made myself from a piece of silky oak I had laying around. Later on, I purchased a pedal steel guitar operated by cables and a couple of foot pedals from Dooley McDonald. My next instrument was an Emmons Student model and once I found I had outgrown the Student model I went to an Emmons S10 which is still in my possession. I am now playing a Noel Anstead's Anapeg keyless guitar. I started my playing with a few lessons from the late Sid Downs and after a while I joined the Northern Suburb's Country Music Club which had a young fellow by the name of Keith Urban as a member. I decided to join the club band as a steel player and played on most of their club days and shows. The band also had their own gigs outside of the club under the name of ‘THE IMAGES’. It was in the days of floor shows and we got to back artists such as Smokey Dawson, Chad Morgan, Reg Lindsay, Lee Conway, Bill and Boyd, Rod Williams, Barbara Thompson, John Mc Sweeney, Jimmy Little, Ellie Lavelle and Maria Dallas. We also played at the Gympie Muster, Tamworth and various other shows around the place. ‘The Images’ were together for over twenty years. I also filled in with other bands such as ‘John Graigo's Cactus Cowboys’ and ‘Rockin' Ray Gibson’. I have contributed to recording for various artists at a number of studios around Brisbane such as John Graigo's Studio and Sunshine Studios to name a couple.

As well as playing currently in the backing band of the Bribie Island Country Music Club, I do the odd job with John Cornelius who does solo work around Brisbane. We also get together once a month at the Moonah Park Retirement Village. I also do one day a month there with the Diversional Therapist who sings and I fill in with instruments My other interests are blue grass music, guitar, banjo, bass, dobro, tennis, golf, the grandkids and mowing the grass (blue of course)                                                                                                                                     Note: Winston has now upgraded to a ‘Roland’ Blues Cube amp and ‘Mullen’ steel guitar.    Ed.


Garry "Gazza" Watson

(Our Drummer)

Garry is a Big Kiwi lad, born and bred in New Zealand, at the same time Marty Robbins hit the charts with "El Paso", so Country Music was always going to be prominent.

Gazza is a late bloomer and finally got the "bug" and joined a Country Music club in his late 30's. He then taught himself to play Guitar and the Drums, and developed a voice with the help of a very patient singing coach. (Thanks Irene)

The Big Fella has always listened to Johnny Cash, and It didn't take long to work out his big baritone voice was ideally suited to singing the great mans songs.

Garry formed a band (Southwest Muster) with his two sons (and wife) and featured at the annual Country Music Festival in Paihia, Bay of Islands (NZ) for a few years before joining the very talented Reggie Thompson in the Band "Rica Chez". The band also featured at the Paihia Festival as well as the Hokianga Festival and various clubs around the Wider Auckland area.

Gazza also competed at many of the NZ Country Music awards around the North Island, and won a chance to compete at the NZ Entertainer of the year, with a song he wrote "How come everybody plays my Guitar better than me?".

While performing with Rica Chez at Paihia, Gazza backed a couple of great Aussie entertainers, (Mick Hearn in 2003 and Billy Bridge in 2004) and there developed his desire to move to the sunshine state.

Gazza and Jean moved to Queensland in 2004, landing just South of Toowoomba, before chasing work around the south-east. Currently, Garry is the Quality Assurance Manager at a Game Processing factory in Wulkuraka, and lives with Jean in Brassall.

Gazza has released a couple of CDs which feature some of Johnny Cashs hits as well as some of Garry's originals. Garry is a big fan of the classic country music of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Jim Reeves and Waylon Jennings. "They don't make Country Music like they used to"

Reggie Thompson and the band eventually followed
Garry to Queensland and they played at a number
of gigs around the South East, culminating at a gig at Twin Towns with our good mate Mick Shipley. "What a Night!"

Gazza is the resident drummer at Sundowners Country Music Club in Geebung ( first Sunday of every month), and now Bribie Island CMC on the 4th Sunday of every month.

Owen Oxley

Our  Bass Guitar Player


Owen was born In Nanango, Country Queensland, and grew up in Brisbane, developing a love for music at an early age.


His dad bought him a cheap acoustic guitar, on which he used to pick out the Bass notes from songs he listened to on the radio then upgraded to a bass guitar, also bought by his dad.


He began playing in various bands (mainly top 40 cover bands) in venues around Brisbane, Dalby, and Roma.


Owen did a tour to North Queensland, and backed Russell Morris during his early career (remember “The Real Thing”), then moved to Sydney and played in rock bands and Elvis Presley tribute shows.


Owen then toured around country NSW and VIC before moving back to Queensland, and played for a while in “The Images” with Winston and Gordon.


Was a Bass player with our club when it was known as Pumicestone Country Music Club, before it moved to its current location, and has been playing with the “Hot Band” ever since (In the now Bribie Island Country Music Club).


Owen now enjoys playing country music and backing many Club singers and guest artists.




     Ken (Boots) Myers(Our Lead Guitar)


I started playing piano in an Old Tyme Band whilst working on the railways in Goulburn NSW in the early 1960’s.  About the mid 60’s I saw a guitar in a shop and decided “ I’d like that”,  so bought it, took it home and taught myself to play.

I moved to Canberra in 1970 and played in several  Country / Middle of  the Road type bands.

In around  1976 I stumbled across a pedal steel  guitar and again decided “ I’d like to play that thing”, so joined  “Lincoln” where I was told “ You’re the steel man “, so very hurriedly I once again had to self teach to learn the “ Redneck Music “ this band was playing.   It’s main influences  were Emmylou Harris, Jerry Jeff Walker, Merle Haggard, Willie and Waylon, Jimmy Buffet  and Guy Clark.  In the late 1980’s the band broke up as members careers progressed.  I then joind a progressive Country band “ The J D Bros” which was a 5 piece band with  a female singer. This band played  a lot of original material, mostly written by the Bass player.  Influences were Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Lee Kernighan, The Wheel, Dixie Chicks, Jo dee Messina.   We played the Canberra area and NSW south coast,  Did Lee Kernaghans   “Pass The Hat Tour” when it was down that way.   From  about 1996 to 2004 “JD’s” played Tamworth’s Brumby’s Tavern and the Tudor Hotel back room.

Once retired I made the move north to warmer climates where I had family and settled into the Brisbane Steel Guitar Club which has meetings on the 2nd Sunday each month at Chermside West.   I played lead guitar as a stand in at Sundowners  and have since become involved with CM Clubs in this area including  Bribie Island, Sundowners, Northern Suburbs and sometime Redcliffe where I play guitar or pedal steel.  I currently play a “Fender Telecaster” guitar and an “Anapeg” custom made pedal steel guitar which was built in Brisbane by Mr Noel Anstead.

I have played with various backing bands for CM Festivals over the years, the main ones being, National Capital Talent Quest in Canberra, Nelligen Festival, West Wyalong and Illabo Festivals.

Artists I have performed with include, 

Gina Jeffreys,  Becky Cole,  Jimmy Little,  Keith Jamieson, The Gottani Sisters,   Lindsay Butler,  Shazza Leigh,  Lindsay  Waddington,  Terry Gordon,   Reg Poole,   Owen Blundell,   Lucky Star,   Liz Garnett,   Lee Britten,  Lee Conway,  Heather McKean,  Reg  Lindsay,  The Singing Kettles,  Harold Williams,  Pee Wee Clark,  Ivy Summerfield , Corinna Cordwell, Grant Luhrs and Chad Morgan

I was also guest steel  player  for “The Good Old Boys”  who were the support Act for  “Dr Hook” when they toured  southern New South Wales.

I toured with the “ Brian Young Show” for 3 months in 1992.