A.B.B.A. History



The idea to form the Association was put forward by Bluey Francis - a bush balladeer from White Cliffs NSW.

The ideals of the Association are to help publicize Australian Bush Balladeers and their music to Australia and the world.

The fledgling Australian Bush Balladeers Association steering committee officially commenced in Tamworth NSW Australia January 1999.
The Steering Committee; Bluey Francis (Secretary), Kelly Dixon (President), Buddy Thomson (Treasurer), Lynne Bennett, Peter Coad & Lynette Coad.

Foundation members; Wave Jackson, Buddy Thomson, Bluey Francis, Peter Coad and Warren Mahoney.

The following extracts were written by Bluey Francis on the 25/7/99 and contain early details;

 

"To All Potential Members"

 

…"I have reserved the name of the A.B.B.A. Australian Bush Balladeers Association with the Fair Trading Department and will be finalizing the rest of the paper work within the next couple of weeks. We have opened a bank account in the name of the A.B.B.A. using three names, Kelly Dixon, Buddy Thomson, and Bluey Francis, two signatures needed to draw from the account. We already have some early starters who have jumped the gun and are members, so come on and get your membership money in and let us get this show on the road….

The meeting to elect the very first office bearers and committee of the Australian Bush Balladeers Association, will be held at Kelly’s Drovers Camp Kitchen at the Toyota stand over the bridge at Tamworth on the day before Tamworth starts 7pm on the 20th of January. We would like any paid up members to attend this meeting. Membership will be excepted up to the start of the meeting for those who want to vote on issues put forward…

 

Bluey Francis 25/7/99

 

Through the following 1999 12 month Steering Committee period, a constitution was discussed and prepared. Virginia Coad suggested the "The Balladeers" Compilation album and the Balladeers Bulletin magazine instead of a newsletter. The name of the Balladeers Bulletin was chosen by the Steering committee. Both ideas were put in place and some Tamworth Balladeer Concerts planned and put in place for January 2000.

 

The first official A.B.B.A. committee was elected January 2000.

EXECUTIVE; Peter Coad (President) Bluey Francis (Vice president), Buddy Thomson (Treasurer), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Committee; Lynette Coad, Reg Poole, Glenn Jones, Gaven Arden, Bluey Bostock and Ron Sadler. Poet Rep; Bluey Bostock- Reps; Warren Mahoney VIC, Denise Baldwin NT, Jim Welsh TAS, Nell Brown Nth QLD, Ron Sadler NSW, Ted Kittel SA, Ian Murdoch NZ. Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan.

 

The "Balladeers Bulletin" put out it’s first issue in April 2000, Bluey Francis initiated the idea of the Bush Balladeer Star Quest which then commenced and more Tamworth Concerts put in place. Buddy Thomson undertook setting up the A.B.B.A. www.bushballadeers.com.au website.

 

2001;

EXECUTIVE; Peter Coad (President) Bluey Francis (Vice president), Buddy Thomson (Treasurer) Lynne Bennett (AssistantTreasurer), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Committee; Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Keith Jamieson, Reg Poole, Gaven, Bluey Bostock, Ron Sadler. Poet Rep; Bluey Bostock- Reps; Warren Mahoney VIC, Jim Welsh TAS, Ron Sadler NSW, Ted Kittel SA, Ian Murdoch NZ. Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan. First January festival edition of the colour-covered Balladeers Bulletin featuring Stan Coster on the Cover.

 

January 2002;

EXECUTIVE; Peter Coad (President), Bluey Francis (Vice President), Ron Sadler (Treasurer), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary) Committee; Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Dave McCallum, Buddy Thomson, Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Dave McCallum, Warren Mahoney, Keith Jamieson. Poet Rep; Barry Offer. Reps;Jim Welsh TAS, Ron Sadler NSW, Keith Jamieson QLD, Frank Turton SA, Buzza Bitter WA. Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan

In 2002, The first of "The Australian Balladeers Remembered" CD series commenced, this was an idea of Buddy Thomson and Peter Coad, to help preserve the music and memory of the pioneers. This is an annual CD, which contains tracks from the original pioneer artists. The www.bushballadeers.com.au website was completely revamped by Virginia Coad and Ben Smith in November 2002.

 

A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE & A.B.B.A. Reps 2003

EXECUTIVE; Peter Coad (President) Buddy Thomson (Vice President), Warren Mahoney (Treasurer), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary)Committee; Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Keith Jamieson, Ron Sadler, Lynn Manning, and Lynne Bennett. Poet Rep; Merv Webster. State Reps; Keith Jamieson Qld, Lynne Bennett (S/E Qld), Ron Sadler NSW, Jim Welsh (TAS), Frank Turton (SA), Buzza Bitter (WA). Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan

 

A.B.B.A. Committee 2004

Executive Committee: Peter Coad (President), Buddy Thomson (Vice President), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Lyn Seiler(Treasurer)
Committee: Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Ron Sadler, (NSW Rep), Warren Mahoney ( Vic Rep), Lynne Bennett, (S/E Qld Rep), Lyn Manning.
Poet Rep:Merv Webster;State Rep; Jim Welsh (Tas) Buzzer Bitter (WA) Frank Turton (WA) Mal Coad (Northern Rivers NSW) Website Co-ordinator; Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer) virginia@bushballadeers.com.au Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan

 

A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE AND REPS 2005
Executive Committee: Peter Coad (President), Warren Mahoney (Vice President), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Judy Walmsley (Treasurer)
Committee: Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Ron Sadler, (NSW Rep), Ron Morgan ( Vic Rep), Col Behans, Lyn Manning.
Poet Rep:Merv Webster; State Rep; Jim Welsh (Tas) Buzzer Bitter (WA) Frank Turton (WA) Mal Coad (Northern Rivers NSW), Ron Morgan (Vic Rep), Ted Thompson ( S/E Qld Rep) Sam Burgis ( Nth Qld Rep)
Website Co-ordinator; Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer) virginia@bushballadeers.com.au
Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan

 

A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE AND REPS 2006
Executive Committee: Peter Coad (President), Warren Mahoney (Vice President), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Judy Walmsley (Treasurer)
Committee: Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Ron Sadler, (NSW Rep), Ron Morgan ( Vic Rep), Lyn Manning.
Poet Rep:Merv Webster; State Rep; Jim Welsh (Tas) Buzzer Bitter (WA) Frank Turton (WA) Mal Coad (Northern Rivers NSW), Ron Morgan (Vic Rep), Ted Thompson ( S/E Qld Rep) Sam Burgis ( Nth Qld Rep)
Website Co-ordinator; Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer) virginia@bushballadeers.com.au
Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan

 

A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE AND REPS 2007 (no committee change)
Executive Committee: Peter Coad (President), Warren Mahoney (Vice President), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Judy Walmsley (Treasurer)
Committee: Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Ron Sadler, (NSW Rep), Ron Morgan ( Vic Rep), Lyn Manning.
State Rep; Jim Welsh (Tas) Buzzer Bitter (WA) Frank Turton (WA) Mal Coad (Northern Rivers NSW), Ron Morgan (Vic Rep), Ted Thompson ( S/E Qld Rep) Sam Burgis ( Nth Qld Rep)
Website Co-ordinator; Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer) virginia@bushballadeers.com.au
Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan

 

A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE AND REPS 2008
Executive Committee: Peter Coad (President), Warren Mahoney (Vice President), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Judy Walmsley (Treasurer)
Committee: Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Ron Sadler, (NSW Rep), Ron Morgan ( Vic Rep), Lyn Manning, Lex K.
State Rep; Jim Welsh (Tas) Buzzer Bitter (WA) Frank Turton (WA) Mal Coad (Northern Rivers NSW), Ron Morgan (Vic Rep), Ted Thompson ( S/E Qld Rep) Sam Burgis ( Nth Qld Rep)
Website Co-ordinator; Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer) virginia@bushballadeers.com.au

 

A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE AND REPS 2009
No Committee Change.

 

A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE AND REPS 2010
Executive Committee: Peter Coad (President), Warren Mahoney (Vice President), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Judy Walmsley (Treasurer)
Committee: Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Ron Sadler, (NSW Rep), Ron Morgan ( Vic Rep), Lyn Manning, Graham Butterworth.
State Rep; Jim Welsh (Tas) Buzzer Bitter (WA) Frank Turton (WA) Mal Coad (Northern Rivers NSW), Ron Morgan (Vic Rep), Ted Thompson ( S/E Qld Rep) Sam Burgis ( Nth Qld Rep)
Website Co-ordinator; Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer) virginia@bushballadeers.com.au

Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan

Same committee for 2011/2012.

 


A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE AND REPS 2013
Executive Committee: Peter Coad (President), Ron Morgan(Vice President), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Judy Walmsley (Treasurer)
Committee: Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Ron Sadler, (NSW Rep), Keith Gardner, Lyn Manning, Graham Butterworth.
State Rep; Jim Welsh (Tas) Buzzer Bitter (WA) Frank Turton (WA) Mal Coad (Northern Rivers NSW), Ron Morgan (Vic Rep), Ted Thompson ( S/E Qld Rep) Sam Burgis ( Nth Qld Rep)
Website Co-ordinator; Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer) virginia@bushballadeers.com.au

Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan


A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE AND REPS 2014
Executive Committee: Peter Coad (President), Ron Morgan(Vice President), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Judy Walmsley (Treasurer)
Committee: Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Ron Sadler, (NSW Rep), Keith Gardner, Lyn Manning, Graham Butterworth.
State Rep; Jim Welsh (Tas) Buzzer Bitter (WA) Frank Turton (WA) Mal Coad (Northern Rivers NSW), Ron Morgan (Vic Rep), Ted Thompson ( S/E Qld Rep) Sam Burgis ( Nth Qld Rep)
Website Co-ordinator; Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer) virginia@bushballadeers.com.au

Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan

 

 

A.B.B.A. COMMITTEE AND REPS 2015
Executive Committee: Peter Coad (President), Ron Morgan(Vice President), Lorraine Pfitzner (Secretary), Judy Walmsley (Treasurer)
Committee: Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer), Lynette Coad (Events Co-ordinator), Ron Sadler, (NSW Rep), Lyn Manning, Graham Butterworth.
State Rep; Jim Welsh (Tas) Buzzer Bitter (WA) Frank Turton (WA) Mal Coad (Northern Rivers NSW), Ron Morgan (Vic Rep), Ted Thompson ( S/E Qld Rep) Sam Burgis ( Nth Qld Rep)
Website Co-ordinator; Virginia Coad (Publicity Officer) virginia@bushballadeers.com.au

Honorary Solicitor; John Vaughan



(2016/17 COMITTEE INFO TO BE UPDATED)


> Current Committee

 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS So far…

THE ANNUAL "BALLADEERS" COMPILATION CDS

Designed as fundraisers for the Association and the artists, these albums feature a huge range of Australian Bush balladeers and are not only promotional CDs which are distributed by the Association to country music radios - they are also for sale to the fans of their music

THE "BALLADEERS BULLETIN"

This quarterly members magazine features artists profiles/product/tourdates/articles of general interest and news updates.The Balladeers Bulletin is a Black and White publication but every Tamworth Festival the Association issues a special Souvenir Colour covered edition.

 

THE BUSH BALLADEER STAR QUEST

This prestigious event has produced many fine balladeers.
The quest was discontinued in 2012.
For STAR QUEST WINNERS 2001-2011 go to

THE ANNUAL TAMWORTH BALLADEER MEMBERS SHOWCASES

These feature the A.B.B.A. members and have been so popular and are a major part of our scheduled events.


THE www.bushballadeers.com.au WEBSITE

The website contains updated news info on balladeer artists and their activities. You can find info on Tour Dates, What's Happening, Bush Poet News, Membership, Compilation Album details, Product, and more..

Into the Future…

The Association has achieved and will continue to achieve a huge level of publicity and Country music industry exposure for the Balladeer movement. To quote one industry persons opinion " The Association has united the bush balladeers as one".

The Association is now a recognised Association for the publicity of Bush Balladeers throughout Australia and via our website to the world.

Not only does the Association have a strong membership here in Australia we also have a growing number of members around the world.

The A.B.B.A. website www.bushballadeers.com.au now attracts huge monthly 'hits', and news items and events are updated regularly.

The Association continues to build on the foundations in place, and constantly strive to achieve greater exposure for Australian Bush ballad artists and their music.



 

ABBA 15th Birthday 2000 - 2015

 

With ten years under its belt and a list of tremendous achievement behind it, The Australian Bush Balladeers Association is set to step into the future with continued commitment – promoting Australian Bush Balladeers and Bush Ballad music.

The 15 year Achievements include:

 

THE BALLADEERS BULLETIN

The Bulletin prints news items/tour dates/and general activities that artist members send in. The Bulletin is supported by industry and artist advertising. The 2004 edition of the Balladeers Bulletin first featured a gloss colour cover which brought a major change with greater advertising and sponsors.
Bulletin is put together voluntarily by Virginia Coad.

The January 2010 edition saw a full colour Bulletin for the first time.
The April Edition will also be full colour.

“There may be future times when sufficient advertising is not available, so regardless of whether we have an all colour edition or have a B/W section, we will always strive for the best quality presentation for our Association and artists in every edition.” Peter Coad said.

 

The www.bushballadeers.com.au WEBSITE:

The site contains information on /Compilation Albums/ Artists Profiles/Tour dates/ What’s Happening/ Events etc.

There are also a Members profile pages.

(*These were discontinued as more and more members obtained their own websites, but the ABBA has retained basic pages for those who were part of the website initially)

Inline with the 2010 Birthday of the A.B.B.A. Virginia Coad voluntarily redesigned the complete A.B.B.A. website for a new and more current appearance.

The new site was uploaded January 2010.

 

COMPILATION ALBUMS

“The Balladeers” Series creates major income for our Association and the album is paid for by the artist track payments. The income from the album pays for the ‘Balladeers Remembered Series” Cd which pays tribute to past pioneers and balladeer members.

These albums are a major fundraiser for the A.B.B.A. administration, postage, Star Quest winners promotional costs, etc. Without these albums, the Association could not run at the level it does. Therefore, the Association sincerely thanks the artists who come forward every year, putting their talent and money forward, supporting the Association in this way, and all those who purchase them. For details go to www.bushballadeers.com.au/compilation.htm.

 

The A.B.B.A. would like to thank the radio presenters who play bush ballad music, for their tremendous support of the Star Quest winners singles, and all those who do regular interviews and broadcast nationally on a monthly basis re the A.B.B.A. activities. Your support is appreciated.

 

THE BUSH BALLADEER STAR QUEST

The Bush Balladeer Star Quest run a successful 11 years producing a great array of talent, many of whom have continued on to make a career in the bush ballad world.

Unfortunately, the Quest has now been put on hold through low entries the last couple of years. The Association feel this is due to there being more avenues of self promotion now for young artists, which is great to see.

PROMOTION THROUGH THE QUEST HAS BEEN...

Winners of this Quest received 12 months guidance in the industry and opportunity to perform on major stages and festivals etc. This was great experience and gives them a huge amount of exposure to the public and media.

 

CMAA COLLEGE & JUNIOR CAMERATA

Another initiative by the Association in 2004 was to sponsor a young balladeer artist to attend the CMAA Junior Camerata Scholarship every year. The Association also Sponsors a young bush ballad artist to participate in the CMAA College Of Music every year.
The CMAA Camerata Scholarship and the CMAA College teach and provide youngsters valuable industry skills and contacts.

 

IN SUMMARY

The A.B.B.A. is run by a voluntary committee. It has been averaged that over a year at least 2 full days are given every week towards Membership/Website maintenance/Mailout/Bulletin preparation/organizing albums/Advertising and Tamworth events.

“The Association is dedicated to catering for the bush ballad artist,” Peter Coad (President) said, “The Association has been built by our hardworking voluntary committees over the last 15 years with the support of our members, media and industry, and is continuing to build further infrastructure through the mediums of internet, radio interviews. I would like to thank our past and present committee, for their efforts.

In my opinion, the Bush Ballad industry is the strongest and most popular it has ever been, and we look forward to building on this in the years ahead.”

15 years on from its official launch, the Association is a strong, successful, financially stable organization and one of the Australian Music Industry success stories, which is still working as hard as ever to promote Bush Ballad Music and its artists



The Australian Bush Balladeers Association Incorporated. ABN : 75798 969 415