The Awards

Most Popular Band Award

The Les Keats Memorial Award for the Most Popular Band, as voted by the members of the Country Music Guild, was introduced in 2003 in remembrance of Les Keats who passed away on August 7, 2002. Les was President of The Guild for many years.

The first winner of this award was The Dalton Gang in 2004. Other winners were Mustang, The Prairie Oysters, Tim Farren Band, Rough Cut, The Rip Rawers, Honkytonk Rockers and Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters.

Keith Green, Terry Dean, Helen Stewart, Leo Dalton and Bryan Derrick behind the Stuie Lees mask with the Most Popular Band Award trophies.

Most Popular Band Award (2017 – 2018)

On Friday August 25, 2018, The Dalton Gang won the 15th 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 21 bands to perform at The Guild during the year 2017-2018.

This is the third time they have won this Award. They won it in 2004 and 2005, the first two years the Awards were run.

The Dalton Gang performed on the night and also backed five other vocalists – Michelle Gardiner, Kerran Keats, Karan Johns, Keith Green and Terry Dean.

See the list of all the previous winners at the bottom of this page.

Listen to the announcement of the winners of the “Most Popular Band” and the “Most Popular Vocalist” and the winners’ responses on the night.

 

Most Popular Vocalist Award

The Most Popular Vocalist Award, as voted by the members of the Country Music Guild, was introduced in 2008 to acknowledge a favourite vocalist. This award is donated each year by Joy Mitchener, a Life Member of The Guild. Tim Farren won the first award in 2009. Other winners were Helen Stewart and Doug Bruce.

Most Popular Vocalist Award (2017 – 2018)

Helen Stewart and Terry Dean were tied in a dead heat in the voting so they both won the 10th annual award for the “Most Popular Vocalist”.

For Helen it was the 5th time, making it 4 years in a row she has won this award.

Helen plays bass and sings with The Dalton Gang, the Danny Stain Band, the Guild Country Band and was a member of the Tim Farren Band.

The Dalton Gang won the Most Popular Band Award in 2004 and 2005 and the Tim Farren Band in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

Helen was a member of these bands when they each won their awards.

Terry Dean is half of the popular duo Dean & Carruthers and he was thrilled to win this Award. He said the last Award he won was at the Wandong Country Music Festival in 1974.

Terry Dean and Helen Stewart with their Award Trophies for joint winners of the Most Popular Vocalist Award
Guild President Keith Green with the two trophies for the Most Popular Vocalist Award
The Most Popular Band Award – each member of the winning band gets one of these.
Helen Stewart, Terry Dean and Leo Dalton
Dave Moore, Helen Stewart, Michelle Gardiner and Bryan Derrick.
Dave Moore, Helen Stewart, Kerran Keats and Leo Dalton
Stuie Lees, the Dalton Gang’s usual drummer, was in Africa on the night so he was included on the kit in cardboard effigy form.
Helen Stewart and Leo Dalton in a close discussion behind President Keith Green
Helen Stewart, Terry Dean and Keith Green – Awards Night
Keith Green (President) holding the Memorial Trophy for the Most Popular Band winners
Helen Stewart, Keith Green (behind the Stuie Lees effigy) and Leo Dalton – Awards Night

 

Previous Winners