Dennis SIDDALL (1979)
(Trev and Dennis)
1944 – Born on the 14th of April and raised in the
Murray River town of
Age 6 began his musical interest and
obtained his first instrument- a ukulele.
Age 11- family moved to
Brighton High School he became part of a
skiffle group with Doug Ashdown and Chris Smith. Did cabarets,
radio and early television. After school they went there
At 16 – Formed his first country band
which lasted about 3 years.
At 19 – Discovered Bluegrass Music and
began to study the banjo. With Rick Adams and Dennis Siddal they
formed a trio and performed together for a number of years and
regularly appeared on Reg Lindsay’s “Country and Western Hour”
and Roger Cardwell’s “Country Style”.
1962 - Joined with Dennis Siddall and
Rick Adams. About this time he bought and began to learn the
pedal steel guitar- being the first in South Australia.
When Rick moved to England “Trev
& Dennis” was formed.
Recorded first on EMS with “Good Old Number One” and “Take Me Back to the
Country Kinda Life”.
first album was titled “Country Our Way” which was followed by a
single release on RCA “The Ballad of Slim Dusty” and “Mulga
Recorded 5 albums together.
1979 – Golden Guitar for Instrumental of
the Year with “Fiddle in the Gorge”.
1979 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1980 – Won the Kentucky Fried Chicken
Banjo Championships at the Tamworth
Country Music Festival.
1984 - Trev and his son Kym attended
South Plains College
where they met and got to study and learn from Alan Munde, Joe
Carr and Lynn Morris. Later in the camp they also got to perform
1987 - South Australian Country Music Festival
Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1996 - Won the Banjo Championships at
the Tamworth Country Music
1997 – Released the album “High
Rollin’ Bluegrass” with his son Kym. This album won the SAMIA
Award for Best Country Album. Won the Banjo Championships at the
Country Music Festival
2000 - Together with Kym, he recorded
a bluegrass album entitled
2003 – TIARA Award for Best Instrumental
with “Chime Time”.
2004 –Golden Guitar for Instrumental
of the Year with “Peel
Trev has been a major part of the
great Australian Bluegrass scene, having worked and recorded
with Karen Lynne, The Bluegrass Allstars featuring Rod and Jeff
McCormak and Mick Albeck, The Davidson Brothers. More recently
Trev performed on Paul Kelly’s Foggy Highway
As well as winning two Golden Guitar Awards for Best
Instrumental at the Tamworth Country Music Awards, Trev was also
awarded three National Bluegrass Banjo Championship titles in
1980, 1996 and 1997.