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Bev McSHANAG (1993)

Bev McShanag

Born Beverley Levien in Victoria.

She first became interested in country music at 10 years of age, when she started taking steel guitar lessons.

At the age of 11, Beverley entered and won, first place in Dick Fair's "Australia's Amateur Hour" on 3DB singing "My Pinto Pony And I" scoring the most votes ever recorded on the show. After this achievement she received many offers, including a month at the Theatre Royal Hobart with Graeme Bell's Jazz Band and Willie Fennell where she was billed "Australia's Youngest Female Yodelling Star". Beverley won several talent quests in Victoria, taking several trophies to her credit.

She also appeared on Channel 7 in Melbourne as a support act to the Dave Clark Five. For a number years she appeared on Dick Cranbourne's Hillbilly Show, which was then, on every Sunday morning at 8am. Every year the Victoria Banjo Club held a "Hillbilly Ball" at the Melbourne Town Hall, where Bev always appeared.

At the age of 18, Beverley went to Sydney and did the rounds of the shows, including the McKean Sisters Harmony Trail Show, the Reg Lindsay Show, then toured Victoria with the travelling rodeo show. The following year Bev was a Grand Finalist in "Swallows Parade" a 3KZ major quest, which was open to both amateur and professional performers. She obtained 2nd place.

From then on Beverley was constantly sought to play at numerous functions, particularly around the Bendigo district where she was living. Bev then made several 78 rpm recordings, including "Fool such As I" whilst in her teens.

Aged 22 she spent two years touring Australia with the late Buddy Williams. After marriage and young children, Beverley's activities were restricted to local shows. I

n 1973 she moved to Darwin, 10 years later recommenced her career by appearing on Darwin's NTD Channel 8.

She has been on numerous shows, including guest spots on the Barry Thornton Show, Southgate and Buttercup shows in Tamworth.

In March 1985 Bev was offered a recording contract with R & H Studios in Geelong, Victoria to record on the "Morning Mist Label" which featured harmony yodelling with Olive Bice. that CD is "Yodelling In Harmony". at the same time Bev put down tracks for first solo album "Yodelling Country Girl". The Harmony Yodelling release was chosen in the best top 10 for 1985.

Beverley is one of the yodellers who has a track on a CD entitled "Yodellers From Down Under". That track is "Daddy Was A Yodelling Cowboy". She also has a track on a CD released in the Northern Territory, "Hot Top Country", "My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You". Beverley's latest release "I Wouldn't Change You If I Could" features her two daughters, Lyn singing on Track 7 and Barbara on track 11. Grandson Billy has his spot on track 6. Bev has been, and still is a great ambassador for Country Music.

1991 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1993 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.

In 2002 Beverley was The Northern Territory, "Senior On The Go"