Ian BETTERIDGE (1993)
First entered country music by winning 4
sections of the CCMA talent quest at the
Tamworth festival then
signed a 3 year recording contract with CM records.
1973 - Formed the “Ramblin’
Country Band”. They performed for 7 years every Sunday from
1983-1990 at the Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford.
1975 - Won a National Search for a Songwriter Contest,
the prize being a trip to Nashville,
Wrote the “Wedding Song” which has been
recorded in several countries and has been twice to the top of
the Hit Parade in Ireland,
and featured in the movie “Blown Away” staring Tommy-Lee Jones
and Jeff Bridges.
1981 and 1984 - Won two New
Zealand Gold Guitar Songwriting Awards in Gore.
1993 - Toured Australia
with “Tamworth On Parade”, visiting every state over an 11 week
1995 - Several TV appearances and host of “Its Country
Today Live” Tamworth
1981 - Elected Central Coast Ambassador
and represented the Coast on a promotional tour of
1993- Inducted into the Country
Music Hands of Fame.
Received “The Sydney Opera House Country
1996 - Spent 10 weeks in Europe which included a 3 week
tour of Ireland
plus appearances in
and the “MS Triton” in the
1997 - Visited the USA
for 9 weeks singing in concerts and festivals in
1998 - He returned to Europe for 5 weeks and was
special guest artist at the Garden City Country Music Festival
in Christchurch (N.Z.) in October 1998.
The CD “Lonestar” has been supported and
promoted by Australia’s
newest restraint chain “Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon” with the
composition “Lone Star Dance” being adopted as a theme song used
in advertising and backing music in the restraints and for
Performed at festivals in Tamworth,
Wandong, West Wyalong, Lismore, Tummburrumba, Port Pierie,
Lockhart, Yarramalong, Warnervale, The Entrance, Boyup Brook,
Gore (N. Z.), Nelson (N.Z.), Tauranga (N.Z.), Christchurch
(N.Z.), Mildura, Campbelltown (Tas), Charters Towers, Mt Isa and
the Sydney Opera House. Performed on the cruiseliner “S. S.
Written over 70 songs which have been
recorded by over 60 artists worldwide.
For 10 years coordinated and
compered Telstra Country Connections Concerts in Peel Street
during the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Newspaper columnist- “Central
Coast Entertainer” (10 years), regional reporter and feature
writer and reviewer for “Capital News” and “Total Country”
Hosted weekly country music program “Heroes and Friends”