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BULLAMAKANKA (2002)

Bullamakanka - Graeme Thompson Bullamakanka - Terry Gasgoyne Bullamakanka - Stuart Watson Bullamankanka - Pete Lawson Bullamankanka - Russell Hinton Bullamankanka - Dave Ovenden

Dave Ovenden ((TheBloke) - 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. Rex Radonich died in a car accident in 1986.

 1978 - 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 United States to perform at Fort Worth, Texas where they were presented with an award for “Australian Group Entertainer of the Year” by the International Country& Western Music Association.

1984 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with “Gaylene”.

1985 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with “G’Day”.

1989 – Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year with “Bullabounce”.

1990 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with “Ride these Roads”.

1991 - Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with “Dust”.

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 Australia.
The best known of their recorded music is the hit “Home Among The Gum Trees”, now considered an Australian Classic.


Dave Ovenden -Vocals, Mandolin (The Bloke)

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.

Russell Hinton - 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.

Stuart Watson - Fiddle

He started experimenting with Electric violin and rock improvisation in Sydney 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 Sydney where he co-founded the country boogie band "Wasted Daze" (Mushroom).

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 trio "Bullamakanka".

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 Sydney where his musical apprenticeship really started, working long hours 6 nights a week in the Sydney club scene.

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 - Banjo

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 around the Tweed and Gold Coast. He also claims to be the tallest person in the band!!