Gavan ARDEN (2012)
1939 – Born on September 20th
in Warragul. Grew up in Rokeby, a timber milling town and soon
developed a love of all things country.
1955 – Given his first guitar
and learnt to play the songs of his favourite artists,
Morton, Buddy Williams.
1956 - Left home and
worked on properties in western NSW and began
entertaining around the shearing sheds.
He returned home to the
Gippsland area in
and worked at a number of different occupations, but still
continued with his music, which resulted in him being introduced
to Vern Haycock of radio 3UL. This lead to a trial as a radio
1963 – The Gavan Arden Show commenced on station 3UL in
August. This weekly country music show lasted for 8 years. As
well as helping to promote local artists there were also guest
appearances by all of the well known artists of that time. He
also conducted a number of charity concerts in the local area.
As television started to become more popular he appeared
on the local television station as well as on Graham Kennedy’s
“In Melbourne Tonight”. This lead to Gavan appearing in many of
the local TV dramas being produced in Melbourne- Homicide,
Division 4, Bellbird, Cop Shop etc as well as in two movies.
During all of this he
continued to perform with his own trio and toured throughout
and even up to
1968 – Made his first record
as a custom release that was recorded at Hadley Studios in
He later formed his own label.
1971 – Toured with Slim Dusty.
1972 – Moved to
and recorded under the stage name of “Jim Brumby” and released
recording on a number of labels. Toured most of Queensland.
Became a regular performed on Brisbane produced shows such as
hosted by Paul Sharrat, John Crook and Reg Lindsay.
Mid 1970’s - For nearly 2 years he hosted his own weekly
segment on SEQ8 from Maryborough.
Early 1990’s – Returned to the
Gippsland area in
and reverted to his own name. He continued to perform around the
area and was now accompanied by his son Bryan on bass guitar.
Gavan also wrote a number of songs and he had a
sensitive approach to his writing about the Australian bush.
1999 – His composition “Burnt
Out and Dried Up Old Ringers” won the “Best Independent Artist
Award” for “Best Bush Ballad” in
He also won this award again in 2008.
2012 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
2015 – Passed away on April 15th.