Fabian OAM, Marius and Berard.

Webb Brothers

Born Gympie QLD – Three brothers share the property “Thornside”.

Fabian learned guitar during schooldays and began to sing to his own accompaniment.  He taught Berard a few chords and they built on that.  He then taught Marius.

Two elder brothers played mouth organ and ukulele. They played at a few dance halls around the area as a five piece band later the two elder brothers dropped out. 

1953 - The Webb Brothers group formed, mostly for their own enjoyment. Buddy Williams Show goes to Gympie.  Buddy runs a talent quest with a Rodeo Recording as first prize.  The boys won.

1954 - They auditioned for the Australian Amateur Hour, and were successful in winning their heat with a massive 13000 votes from all over Australia.

1958 – Recorded for Columbia releasing "The Call of the Bellbird" and "Just Sing Sing Sing" - two of their own compositions. These two numbers were backed by "The Little Green Valley" and "Crooning Batchelor" and released on the Rodeo Label. These records proved very popular, particularly "The Call of the Bellbird" which is still selling today. Gained a lot of airplay from Nevil Pellit’s Harmony Trail program.  Pellit invites brothers to tour with Harmony Trail Group.  On return to Sydney they performed for Bill Sadler and Ted Quigg.

More records followed for Columbia, W&G, ATA Festival and RCA. On all their records, the Webb's have recorded a mixture of popular songs including some of their own such as "The Jockeys are Striking", "The Purple Petrol Eater", "Here on this Mountain", "If Only", "Sally Anne" and "Who Put The Roo In the Stew", to name a few.

1959 – Travel to Melbourne for Australia Folk Festival at Myer Music Bowl.  Dennis Gibbon’s hosts, and persuades brothers to put down album “Clancy of the Overflow” for W&G.  Title track written by John Jacobsen (not Banjo Patterson’s Clancy).  The same year they wrote the popular song “The Purple People Eater” and was recorded by Peter Sharpe.

1972 – ABC’s “A Big Country” featured an episode on the Webb Brothers and their property. They recorded their second ATA Festival Album “Big Country” to follow up on the publicity.

1974 - After the feature on the ABC's "A Big Country" the Southland Country Music Association of New Zealand then invited the brothers to tour New Zealand. It was during this tour that the very successful "Live in New Zealand Album," was recorded in Christchurch.

1976 – Won the Golden Guitar for the Vocal Group or Dou with “Palmer River Song”. Asked again to perform a second tour of New Zealand - which also proved a great success

1979 - The Webb Brothers took a recess, in order to concentrate further on their cattle property commitments. During that period they did however, "keep their hand in" writing songs and practicing their music. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

1981- Saw the group return to the stage, greeted with an immediate demand for their musical performances.

1981 - In September the news of the day was the "Kangaroo meat scandal" Marius penned the lyrics "The Colonel put the lickin' in the chicken, but who put the Roo in the stew?" Recorded in Brisbane's Sunshine Studio, the song was released with RCA Sydney. Due to it's topical nature, everything about the song was done quickly to coincide with the beef scandal. It was written, recorded and released as a single within ten days - claimed by RCA to be the fastest released and fastest selling record they had ever handled in Australia.

1982 - This single earned the Webb Brothers their second golden guitar for Australasia's Top Selling Record at the 1982 Tamworth Country Music Awards.

1982 - On September 24, 25, and 26, the Webb Brothers invited the public to join with them on their "Thornside" property for the "Webb Brothers Country Music Muster". Some 6,000 people helped the brothers and their families celebrate both a silver jubilee and centenary occasion in style. ABC's "A Big Country" was on hand to film this historic event. The Webb Brothers used this occasion to launch their newest record - "Silver Jubilee Album".

1983 - The second "Muster" saw an estimated 10,000 fans flock to "Thornside".

1984 – At the Tamworth Country Music Festival they appeared on the “Trailblazers Show”. The third "Muster" attracted over 20,000 people, with more than AUS$50,000 being raised for various charities. The Country Music Muster was well established.

1985 - The Muster was relocated to a larger site just south west of Gympie, and today, some 20 years after the original event at "Thornside", the now "National Country Music Muster" attracts in excess of 60,000 visitors. The muster raises over AUS$250,000 and is now the largest outdoor music event in Australia, featuring in excess of 100 onstage performers throughout the event.

2001 – The release of their early material on CD titled “The Best of the Webb Brothers”.
Fabian awarded the Centenary Medal “For service to country music, the community, local government and the beef industry”.

2004 – Elevated to the Roll of Renown. Fabian awarded the Medal of Order of Australia    “For service to the community and to local government in the Shire of Kilkivan”.

 2014 – Maurice Patrick Webb passed away on April 20.
Fabian Paul Webb OAM passed away on November 15.