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Freddy BOWEN (2007)

Freddy Bowen

1943 –Born on the 4th of July.

1965- 1966 - Started professionally at the 5-Ways Theatre, Sydney with Jonnie Russell, Brian Dennis, (Kevin Bloody Wilson), Ted Carter (Carter Edwards) & 'Bandstand' artists.
Toured Australia with the Le Garde twins.
Appeared on TV Shows- 'Country & Western Hour' & 'Johnny Mac Show' - Adelaide, & 'Country Style', - CH 7, Sydney with Marty Robbins.
Toured Victoria with 'Gill Bros.' Rodeo.

1967- 69 – Appeared on the 'Dude Ranch Shows'- Surfer's Paradise with Gordon Parsons, John McSweeny, Brian Young, Ellie Lavelle, Johnny Greenwood.
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.
Toured Australia 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'.
Resident at Sydney's "Texas Tavern" & 'Bourbon & Beefsteak Bar' with Kenny Kitching, Pee Wee Clarke, Tony Sheridan, Johnny Starr.

1970 - Appeared in Darwin Hotel & Club Floorshows.

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 Nichols.

1973 - Penthouse Nightclub in Darwin, 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 Rolf Harris.

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.

1986 - Supported 'The Bachelors' at the Darwin 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 Artists.

1987-88 - Toured for 6 months with 'Brian Young Show' throughout QLD and NT. Returned to Darwin to continue with own band 'Traces'.

1988 - Toured QLD & NSW with 'Tropical Daze' tour performing five shows at Tamworth RSL Auditorium for the 'Country Music Festival'.

1991 – Released the single 'It's Time For Recognition' and "Battle of Australia"

1992 - 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.

1996 - Recorded and assisted in producing his own C.D. entitled 'Satisfaction Guaranteed', which was released on 'Outback Label'.  Appeared in June at the Sydney's 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 Darwin and judging a variety of artists and country acts in many Talent Quests throughout Australia. Guitarist & Lead Vocalist for "Crossfire" supporting Karen O'Shea and Recording 3 tracks on "Hot Top Country".
Appeared on the'6th Tamworth on Parade' tour.
Had a track on the
  'Real Australian Country' Volume 6

1997 - 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 with  T. J. Dennis, Wayne Law, Michele Rose, Warren Neilson and Karen O'Shea.
Had a track on 'Real Australian Country' Volume 10.

1998 – 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'.

2000 – Released album “Valentine”.

2003-2005 - Returned to Darwin 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.

2006 - Brian Young Reunion Show – Tamworth. "S.A. Showcase” as Compere and artist in Tamworth. "S.A. Country Music Festival and Awards” as artist and M.C.  S.A. Champion of Champions” Judge.

2007 - 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