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Christmas Get Together At The Pascoe Vale RSL, Friday December 18, 2020

After 8 long months without gigs we finally had a get together at the Pascoe Vale RSL on Friday December 18 for Guild members. We were only allowed 70 patrons and they enjoyed the night.

Terry Dean and Gary Carruthers put on a fine show with special appearances on lead guitar by Con Anag and Leo Dalton and vocal guests Karan Johns and Rene Diaz.

At this stage we are hoping to be back with regular band from late January.

Dean & Carruthers
Dean & Carruthers with Karan Johns
Dean & Carruthers with Leo Dalton
Dean & Carruthers with Con Anag

Saturday November 28, 2020: Picnic at Queens Park

A group of over 20 patrons of The Country Music Guild rocked up at Queens Park, Moonee Ponds on Saturday November 28 to have a get-together to celebrate the end of the Melbourne lockdown where we had not had a band gig at the Pascoe Vale RSL since Friday 13th of March.

The weather forecast was for 25 – 27 degrees but by 2 pm it was down to 19.2 but the local in-park coffee shop did its job and we all survived a great afternoon.

We are hoping to have a social function at the Pascoe Vale RSL just before Christmas as long as the number of patrons allowed indoors is expanded by then. Stay tuned for details soon.

2020: A Year To Forget

Dick Senn: It is with sadness we inform you of the passing of one of our life members and former Trustee, Richard (Dick) Senn.
Dick was involved with the Country Music Guild of Australasia for many years.
We send our condolences to Dick’s wife, Lorraine and family.

Judy Senn: On behalf of my family, mum Lorraine, my siblings Michelle and Stephen we thank you for your kind words. Dad was stoic until the end and maintained his wicked sense of humour, although struggling with immense pain.
He had country music playing for 24/7 every day for the last 2 weeks of his life.
After a 12 month battle with cancer he is finally and thankfully at peace. We were with him when he passed and are very grateful we were able to be. Thank you.

Colin Weidner passed away on Tuesday July 21 from a severe stroke. He was 67 years of age. He was also known as ColinCountry and he presented a Texas country music show called Texas Time Travelin’ on 98.9 North West FM on a Saturday night from 2005 – 2016.

2020: A Message From Our President

As you would be aware, we are unable to book and present bands at the moment due to COVID-19 but let us assure everyone that when this pandemic is all under control and we get the clearance from the Government and the RSL to restart our Friday Band Night, we will let you know via this webpage, email and facebook.
A suggestion whilst we are all locked in our houses could be to watch some of the band videos we have filmed and posted here on our Guild site. Also, support and encourage where possible thoseentertainers and musicians reaching out.
The CMGA committee wish to extend our very best wishes to all and stay safe and happy.

Keith Green
Country Music Guild

Justin Standley Band – November 30, 2018

The Country Music Guild started in 1968 and is the longest running country music club in Australia.

The Country Music Guild celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

We present a live country band every Friday night at the Pascoe Vale RSL
40 Cumberland Road Pascoe Vale, Victoria (Cnr O’Hea Street).

Live country music from 8.00* pm to 11.00* pm with line dancing, partner dancing and rock’n’roll dancing.

Raffles and a door prize of a $25 dinner at the RSL.

Members $5 – Visitors $10 (effective July 30, 2016). Membership is $20 per person (effective June 1, 2019).

Great meals available from 6 pm with free tea and coffee in the band room.

Enquiries and table bookings (6 or more people) – Keith (03) 9338 7902.

Friday March 20, 2020: Bobby Valentine & The Band Of Renown.


Bobby Valentine has been a professional entertainer for over 30 years appearing nationally and internationally, working with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart and many Australian legends.

TOO MANY BEERS – Click on the image to play the video
In Tamworth in July 2018 Bobby released his fifth album and first country album, “Writing My Book Again” which includes the song “Too Many Beers”.

Click here to hear songs from the album “Writing My Book Again

Facebook: BobbyValentineSongsinger/

Website: https://bobbyvalentine.com.au

Bobby Valentine – Guitar and lead vocals (renowned for his song writing as well as performing on the same bill as Stevie Wonder/Whitney Houston and Rod Stewart. His bands have included The Lonely Boys/Coxy at the Roxy/Bobby Valentine and his Big Band…and, he was, for many years, the well-known voice of David Jones)

Adrian Scott – Keyboards and vocals (Air Supply/Kylie Minogue/Little River Band/The Seekers/Brian Cadd/Lisa Edwards/Mike Brady…and countless others)

Nigel Thompson – Bass and vocals (Bluestone/The New Dream/Phil Manning/Russell Morris)

Ron Mahony – Drums (Twilight In Tulsa/The Beatriders)

Friday March 27, 2020: The Excellent Smithers with Anthony Taylor


The Excellent Smithers last played for us in July 2019 and they will have a special guest for this gig – Anthony Taylor on lead guitar.

The lead singer James Cisco originally hails from Illinois, U.S.A. and has a voice designed for country. Check out Cameron’s honky tonk piano style and Anthony Taylor’s lead break on their video “Heartaches by The Number” .

James Cisco – vocals and guitar
Anthony Taylor – lead guitar and vocals
Cameron Fallaw – piano
Josh Bridges – bass and vocals
Anthony Stanislavski – drums

Classic country and country rock

Video Clips

The Excellent Smithers – Oh Lonesome Me
The Excellent Smithers – Heartaches By The Number

Friday April 3: Rene Diaz and The Hummingbyrds


Rene last played for us in November last year year. He is back this time with The Hummingbyrds.

Rene Diaz – vocals and rhythm guitar
Keryn Laurent – guitar and vocals
Rusty Cochrane – bass and vocals
Alistair McLean – keyboards
Mal Ronay – drums

Classic country

Facebook: Rene Diaz

Audio and Video Clips

VIDEO – Just Call Me Lonesome – click to play the video

Friday April 10, 2020: Good Friday

Being Good Friday, there will be NO GUILD on this night.

These gigs were scheduled to take place until we had to temporarily shut down due to COVID-19.

Friday April 17: Dean & Carruthers with Kerryn Tolhurst (Ex The Dingoes)

Friday April 24: Michelle Gardiner Band

Friday May 1: The Dalton Gang

Friday May 8: Rough Cut

Friday May 15: The Moonlighters

Friday May 22: The Prairie Oysters

*** Check out the latest band videos recorded live at The Guild ***


**NEW** I’ll Go Down Swinging” by Jacob McGuffie’s Dukes Of Haggard.**NEW**

.**NEW** The Ringer And The Princess” by the Tim Farren Band. **NEW**

.**NEW** Don’t Rock The Jukebox” by the Michelle Gardiner Band. **NEW**

Don’t Get Angry” and “Just Call Me Lonesome” by Rene Diaz and Avalon.

Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me” by Lydia D’Lasselle.

Downunderland” and “Brokenheartsville” by the John Lawrence Band.

Storms Never Last” by Michelle Gardiner with The Dalton Gang, Dave Moore and Terry Dean.

Livin’ On Love ” by Keith Green with The Dalton Gang and Dave Moore.

Sing To Me O Lonesome Dove ” (written by Andrew Forrer) by Twilight In Tulsa.

San Antonio Rose” by Bryen Willems and the Bayou Boogie Boys.

. “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome” and “Texas Boogie” by Dusty Crumpets.

Cryin’ Time” and “Whiskey, If You Were A Woman” by The Dalton Gang.

South Of The Border” by Jacob McGuffie’s Dukes Of Haggard.

Forever For A While” by Doug Bruce And The Tailgaters.

Another Dress-up Night For Cup Week – November 8, 2019

The Moonee Valley Drifters with special guest Gerard Rowan on pedal steel.
Dressed in their finery for Cup Week.

It had been a couple of years since we had a Halloween dress-up night so we had to do it again.

Click any photo to enlarge it. Click here for more pictures taken on Friday November 1, 2019.

The stage of horror
The stage of horror
Gals and Ghouls
Gals and Ghouls

On Friday August 2, 2019, the Honkytonk Rockers won the 16th annual Les Keats Memorial Award for the “Most Popular Band” as voted by the members of the Country Music Guild of Australasia.

They were one of 22 bands to perform at The Guild during the year 2018-2019. This is the second time they have won this Award – they also won it in 2016.

The “Most Popular Vocalist” Award went to Michelle Gardiner. This the first time Michelle has won this Award.

The Honkytonk Rockers – voted the “Most Popular Band” (2018-2019)
Michelle Gardiner – voted the “Most Popular Vocalist” (2018-2019)

Check out the full report and more pictures from the 2019 Awards night and all previous winners.

Check out all the 2018 winners of the The Most Popular Band and The Most Popular Vocalist Awards.

Check out the winners of the Most Popular Band and Most Popular Vocalist for 2017-2018 on the Awards Page and listen to Keith’s presentation and announcement of the winners and hear their responses.