Freddy BOWEN (2007)
1943 –Born on the 4th
1965- 1966 -
Started professionally at the 5-Ways Theatre, Sydney
with Jonnie Russell, Brian Dennis, (Kevin Bloody Wilson), Ted
Carter (Carter Edwards) & 'Bandstand' artists.
with the Le Garde twins.
Appeared on TV Shows- 'Country &
Western Hour' & 'Johnny Mac Show' - Adelaide,
& 'Country Style', - CH 7,
with Marty Robbins.
with 'Gill Bros.' Rodeo.
1967- 69 –
Appeared on the 'Dude Ranch Shows'- Surfer's Paradise
with Gordon Parsons, John McSweeny, Brian Young, Ellie Lavelle,
Compere and artist at Hotels and
Clubs in the Surfers Paradise area.
Backing Vocals & Rhythm guitar for
Ellie Lavelle's "Blackboard of My Heart" E.P.
with 'The Brian Young Show'.
Appeared on 'The Country & Western
Hour' with Reg Lindsay in Brisbane.
12 months at Townsville's Hotel Allen
as Lead Vocalist for the 7 piece Show Band - 'The Clansmen'.
Tavern" & 'Bourbon & Beefsteak Bar' with Kenny Kitching, Pee Wee
Clarke, Tony Sheridan, Johnny Starr.
1970 - Appeared in Darwin Hotel & Club
1972 - 1973 -
Toured East Coast with 'Rick & Thel Show.'
Returned to the 'Texas Tavern' and
performed 7 nights a week with "Country Playboys"- Peter Bazley,
Alan Tomkins, Ken Kitching, Johnny Heap, Don North & Nev
Penthouse Nightclub in
7 nights week, supporting Australian & Overseas Floorshows.
1974 - 79 –Worked
at 'Lims Hotel' Darwin
for 3 nights per week for 5 years with 'Traces Band'. Organized
and promoted shows for N.T. Government for Cyclone Tracy Appeal
i.e. Slim Dusty, John Farnham, Colleen Hewitt, Charlie Pride and
1975 - First artist to perform 'live' on TV in Darwin - Channel
8 Midday Show.
1980 - 85 - Lead Vocals and Guitar
with 'Traces' Band. Supported & toured with most major artists
through the N.T. - Bill & Boyd, Cash Backman, Geoff Mack, Johnny
Chester, Reg. Lindsay, Lucky Starr & many more.
- Supported 'The Bachelors' at the
Performing Arts Centre. Appeared on the N.T. "Country Music
Jamboree" with Anne Kirkpatrick, Terry Gordon, Chad Morgan, Hot
Spur, Stan & Tracy Coster, Brian Young, & many well-known
Toured for 6 months with 'Brian Young Show' throughout QLD and
NT. Returned to
to continue with own band 'Traces'.
- Toured QLD & NSW with 'Tropical Daze' tour performing five
shows at Tamworth RSL Auditorium for the 'Country Music
– Released the single 'It's Time For Recognition' and "Battle of
- Arranged and recorded “It's Time For Recognition” for the
Battle of Australia 50th anniversary 'Bombing of Darwin'.
Featured Artist and support band 'Australia Day Frontline
Variety Concert' with Normie Rowe and Smokey Dawson.
1993-1995 - Promoted, arranged and
appeared as special guest on 'Tamworth On Parade Show' in Darwin
with Brian Letton, Norma O'Hara Murphy, Lindsay Butler, Stan
Coster, Brian Young, Jimmy Little, John McSweeny, Crosby
Sisters, Felicity Urquhart, etc. " Represented the NT at the
'Annual Sydney Opera House Charity Concert featuring 30 of
Australia's top country artists." Support band to Chubby Checker
at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.
- Recorded and assisted in producing
his own C.D. entitled 'Satisfaction Guaranteed', which was
released on 'Outback Label'.
Appeared in June at the
Olympic Theatre for the "1996 Country Music Spectacular".
Presented a Country News segment on "Sunday Country" on ABC
Radio for 2years. For 10 years assisted in organizing and
performing at most major Festivals & Rodeos in
and judging a variety of artists and country acts in many Talent
Guitarist & Lead Vocalist for "Crossfire" supporting Karen
O'Shea and Recording 3 tracks on "Hot Top Country".
Appeared on the'6th
on Parade' tour.
Had a track on the
'Real Australian Country'
- Entertainer and coordinator of 1st “Top End C.M. Festival",
performed with Kasey Chambers, Dead Ringer Band, Wolverines, and
more. Major artist and group on the Rural Show & Darwin Rodeo
T. J. Dennis, Wayne Law,
Michele Rose, Warren Neilson and Karen O'Shea.
Had a track on 'Real Australian
Country' Volume 10.
– Had 3 tracks on the album “Hit Top Country”.
1998- 2002 -
Performed in Wide Bay area and Gladstone
hotels, RSL's & Sporting Clubs with Adam Scott (Ex 'Hendrix
Experience') as a duo 'Thirsty Work'.
– Released album “Valentine”.
for televised re-union of 'Traces Band' and radio interviews at
8 Top F.M. Spencer Gulf
C.M. Festival with Ironbark, Graeme Hugo and Jim Hermel.
Yankalilla Rodeo as main artist.
- Brian Young
Showcase” as Compere and artist in
"S.A. Country Music Festival and Awards” as artist and M.C.
Champion of Champions” Judge.
Inducted into the Hands of Fame. LBS Shows SA as guest
artist. Murraylands Festival as artist, MC, & judge. Port Pirie
Festival as artist, MC and Judge. Oakbank Race Carnival Music
Coordinator, MC and artist on the SA. Champion of Champs & SA.
Showcase - Coordinator