The Hawks Showband – October 13

The Hawks Showband put on a fine performance with the audience often in fits of laughter at the band’s antics.

Leo Dalton, Kerran Keats, Doug Foley and Peter Westwood played some great honky tonk classics and rarities plus trashing some others with their enjoyable onstage nuttery.

They appeared to have a special guest on pedal steel and harmonica (sometimes paying both at the same time – see picture above). Someone said his name was Dave Less but that could not be confirmed. Dave Moore, your job is safe. See more photos

Palace Gypsies – October 6

The Palace Gypsies put on another great show despite drummer Bryan Derrick lacking a snare drum for the first set.

But he got by – using his floor tom instead until a snare was delivered – but without the drum stand. So he used a chair to sit the snare on. Clever people these drummers. A good crowd despite it being school holidays and the last weekend of the Mildura Country Music Festival.

Moonee Valley Drifters – September 8

The Moonee Valley Drifters played for us on Friday September 8 and as usual they put on a fine show.

Special guest on honky tonk piano was James Black (the house band leader of Melbourne’s RocKwiz Orkestra).

We don’t often get piano at The Guild and it was a treat with James trading keys with Rob Grenville and his jazz-tinged licks on lead guitar. See more photos

With three vocalists, it was a great night of country music.