Vale Warren Keats on Wednesday July 5, 2023

The Country Music Guild of Australasia is very saddened by the news that one of our life members, Warren Keats, has passed away.

Warren (Waza) was an amazing guitarist and musician, performing with his family from an early age.

Warren performed many times at The Guild, with his parents and in various bands, The Keats Family Band, The Moonlighters, The Rip Rawers and others.

He was a guitar genius and a multi instrumentalist and would do anything to help others.

Condolences to Cheryl, Josie and Michelle and the Keats family.

Vale Les Gough on September 29, 2021

Les Gough passed away in Ballarat at the age of 75.

He was bass player in the Russell Morris band Somebody’s Image whose first hit in Australia was a cover of Joe South’s ‘Hush’ in 1967 followed by ‘Hide and Seek’ in 1968.

After Somebody’s Image Les joined Atlas with Ronnie Charles between 1972 and 1974.

He went on to play bass in many country bands including The Moonlighters and The Rip Rawers with Geoff Wells, The Dead Livers with Marty Atchison and Rodger Delfos, Spot The Aussie and many many others.

He often played for us at the Country Music Guild. (September 30, 2021)

Vale Pete Westwood on Saturday April 17, 2021

Pete Westwood passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning April 17.

He played drums for many bands around Melbourne – most notably in the Hawks Showband with Leo Dalton, Kerran Keats and Doug Foley.

Most recently he was drummer with Honey B & The Stingers and he had just added Leo Dalton to their lineup.

Here is a video of Pete in the Hawks Showband at their reunion for Leo’s 60th birthday bash.

Vale Colin Weidner on Tuesday July 21, 2020

Colin Weidner passed away on Tuesday July 21, 2020 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.

Here is the radio promo he used for that show.