- Vocals, Mandolin, Russell Hinton- Vocals, Guitar,
Stuart Watson – Fiddle, Graeme Thompson - Bass Guitar, Pete
Lawson – Banjo
Terry Gasgoyne - drums.
Mal Clark, Jimmy Duke-Younge, Rod McCormack, Jeff
McCormack were part of the group at different times.
Ray Young passed away
Sunday March 7th 2004.
He died from inoperable liver cancer at the age of 53.
died in a car accident in 1986.
The Band started as a trio on the Gold Coast, consisting
of Ray Young, Dave Ovenden and Rex Radonich, playing locally for
two years before venturing further afield.
1981 - Their line-up, repertoire and popularity had
grown and they were traveling the country on a full time basis.
Year by year the touring itinerary broadened as did their mass
appeal and audience acceptance.
1983 - Invited to the
to perform at Fort Worth,
where they were presented with an award for “Australian Group
Entertainer of the Year” by the International Country& Western
1984 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with
1985 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with
1989 – Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year with
1990 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with
“Ride these Roads”.
1991 - Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with
1998 - Celebrated 20 years of making music.
2001 – Opening act at the Gympie Music Muster.
2002 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame
2008 - Celebrated 30 Year
Anniversary of bringing their own uniquely fabulous toe-tappin’
sing-a-long brand of entertainment to enthusiastic audiences
The best known of their recorded music
is the hit “Home Among The Gum Trees”, now considered an
Dave Ovenden -Vocals, Mandolin
Dave was a foundation member of Bullamakanka. The
Minstrel Bloke plays the guitar, with a fierce rhythmical strum,
also the Mandolin, in a melodious way, accompanied with the
Harmonica on a rack, singing Australiana songs in a traditional
and contemporary style.
From the old standards, like Waltzing Matilda and Click
go the Shears, to the contemporary songs, Cobaki Creek and Home
Among the Gum Trees.
- Vocals, Guitar
Born on September 24, 1949
in Orange N.S.W., Russell joined Bullamakanka in 1984 after
moving up from Sydney.
Russell has been a constant member of Bullamakanka since
1984 and contributes to the band on Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar
and Acoustic Guitar, and also shares in the Vocals. He lives on
the Gold Coast where he has a small home recording studio where
he recorded a solo album, as well as some Bullas' tracks. He has
also been involved in the management of the band. Russell
currently enjoys doing some solo work on and around the Gold
Coast, as well as working with Bullamakanka.
He started experimenting with Electric
violin and rock improvisation in
during the '70's. In '74 Stuart headed off to live in the Bush,
and came to love and respect some other musical forms whilst
there. In '76 he moved back to
where he co-founded the country boogie band "Wasted Daze"
In 1977 Stuart started working with Slim Dusty. This
lead to the formation of the Anne Kirkpatrick Band, and
extensive touring in 1978.
1979 saw him move briefly back to the bush before, late
in the year, he accepted an invitation from a drummer friend
(Dave Ovendon, The Bloke) to come up and play with his new
By 1980 , doing whatever gigs he could
with the Bullas in the meantime, (traveling up to the Gold Coast
and meeting them in Sydney), Stuart had entirely relocated North
from the Far South Coast of NSW.
Graeme Thompson - Bass Guitar
Graeme came from a musical family and began playing
guitar at about 12.
He joined his first band at 15, playing at youth clubs
and school dances.
At 16 he joined a serious band and did
his first recording session while still at school. After playing
professionally for 5 years his band moved to
where his musical apprenticeship really started, working long
hours 6 nights a week in the
When the band eventually broke up Graeme went back to NZ
and concentrated on bringing up his family, giving music away
for about 10 years. In 1989 he and his family moved to Canberra
where the musical urge was rekindled, working with the 11-piece
showband “Leading Edge” and country 4-piece “Country X Roads “.
A chance meeting at the Tamworth Festival in 1998 led to
the move to the Gold Coast to work with “Borderline” whose
lineup included Russell Hinton. This band evolved into “Deep
Creek”, and Graeme was invited to join Bullamakanka in 2001.
Pete Lawson -
Pete joined Bullamakanka in 2002. He
plays the 5 string banjo, didjeridoo, and helps with vocals. He
has played in various folk bush bands, and is also a founding
member of the Bilambil Blues Club. Pete does various solo work
and Gold Coast. He also claims to be the tallest person in the