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Ernie CONSTANCE (2006)

Ernie Constance

1950   Born on May 12th.

Lives in the Snowy Mountains near Cooma, NSW. Grew up on the land and spent the first 25 years working as a shearer. He now operates a family grazing property running Merino sheep and beef cattle in conjunction with his music career.

1983   Slim Dusty won Golden Guitar Heritage Award with “Banjo’s Man” written by Ernie Constance.

1986   Golden Guitar Awards Finalist in Song of the Year category with “The Bush Has Had Enough”.

1977   Slim Dusty won Golden Guitars for best selling track and Best Album with “Things I See Around Me” by Ernie Constance.

1993   Recorded Debut Album at Lindsay Butler Studios in 1993 entitled “When the Currawongs Come Down”. 

1996   Second album “Boots ‘N’ All” released on L.B.S. in June. 

1998   The third album “Colours of a Song” launched in December.

2000   Tamworth Songwriters Association – Winner Bush Ballad of the Year Winner with “Gone Droving Again”.

2000   Bungendore Bush Ballad Awards – Winner Best Album Award for “Colours of a Song”.

2001   Tamworth Songwriters Association – Songmaker Finalist.

2002   Tamworth Songwriters Association – Winner Songmaker Award.

2003   Released fourth album “Dinkum Bushmans Hands”. 

2004   Bungendore Bush Ballad Awards – Winner Songwriter Award for “In Conservations Name”.

            Tamworth Songwriters Association – Winner Bush Ballad of the Year Winner with “In Conservations Name”.

            Northern Territory – Winner Bush Ballad of Year – “In Conservations Name”.

2006   Inductee – Country Music Hands of Fame – Hands of Fame Park, Tamworth. Released fifth album in June.  NSW Gold Medallion Awards – Songwriter of the Year.

2007   Tamworth Songwriters Association – Winner Comedy Song of the Year – “If They Put a Tax on That”.

            Bungendore Bush Ballard Awards – Winner Comedy Song of the Year “If They Put a Tax on That”.

2009   Northern Territory – Winner Contemporary Song and Song of the Year with Jeff Brown for “The Long Haul”.

2009   Gidgee Coal Awards – Winner – Male Vocal – “Silent Crosses”.

            Gidgee Coal Awards -  Winner – Songwriter – “Milestones”.

2010   Northern Territory – Winner – Bush Ballad of the Year – “Milestones”

            Northern Territory – Winner – Song of the Year – “Milestones”

2010   Bungendore Bush Ballad Awards – Finalist      – Album – “Milestones”

                                                          -  Finalist          - Songwriter – “Milestones”

                                                          -  Finalist  - Male Vocal – “Milestones”

                                                          -  Finalist – Comedy – “Over Fishers Fence”

2010   Tamworth Songwriters Association – Finalist – Country Ballad- ”Silent Crosses” 

Bush ballad singer/songwriter Ernie Constance had 17 songs recorded by Slim Dusty. In 2002, he was honoured by the Tamworth Songwriters’ Association as their SongMaker award winner. He has won many awards including TSA Bush Ballad of the Year and Album of the Year at the Bungendore Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards.