Star Quest Winners 2001- 2011.
(The Starquest has now been discontinued)



DAVE McCALLUM
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2001



Dave McCallum's atyle delivering a bush ballad, a dose of good hymour and general easy going personor made him a winner at the 2001 Star Quest.
With quite a few singles released via early ABBA Compilation CDs, and some album releases as well.
Dave is still on the circuit.

 

 


 



NATHAN CHARLTON
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner
2002

A YOUNG MAN GOING PLACES
Having grown up listening to the likes of SLIM DUSTY, WILF CARTER, BUDDY WILLIAMS, GORDON PARSONS and many others, this young man shows a big talent beyond his years.
Nathan’s latest album What I’m All About, released in late 2004 on the new Gold Coast based Kross Kut Records label owned by LINDSAY WADDINGTON, shows his great balladeer style of singing. The album was recorded at the new LBS Studios in Tamworth.
This second album has seen Nathan choosing a great selection of songs from some notable songwriters including We Were Millionaires (LINDSAY HAMMOND), Things Are Not The Same On The Land (BILL CHAMBERS), Saddle Old Darky (JOY MCKEAN), That Dappled Grey Bronco Of Mine (BUDDY WILLIAMS),. And two from the master STAN COSTER - Wealth Made Us Poor and I Wouldn’t Be Dead For Quids.
These songs together with the other tracks make it an album you will want to have in your collection. Nathan has recorded these songs in his own unique style and this release will see this young man picking up a huge fan base in the coming years.
Nathan’s first album Sounds Of The Bush was recorded in 2003 with NEV MOLLOY at his studios at Broken Hill.
Nathan first realisation of a possible future in our country music industry came after winning the Bush Balladeers Star Quest in January 2002. Prior to this win, on Nathan’s previous trips to Tamworth, he had done some busking on the streets and had been surprised at the numbers of people who would gather around to listen to him.
A part of Nathan’s prize in winning the ABBA Star Quest in 2002, was the release of a radio single. The song, Tex Buddy And Slim, written by KEITH JAMIESON and recorded at LBS Studios, was released to radio in June 2002 and received nationwide airplay.
In 2003 other significant achievements followed Nathan’s 2002 Star Quest win. He won the Senior Invitation Section of the NSW & ACT Champions Showcase in 2003, the Gordon Parsons Memorial Award for Australian Bush Balladeer of 2003, and was a Toyota Star Maker grand finalist.
Nathan was invited to sing on JOY MCKEAN’s Tribute Writers Show at Tamworth in 2003, also doing a short tour with ANNE KIRKPATRICK in the same year. He was also invited to perform on the Tribute Concert for Slim Dusty.

 


 



ANITA REE
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2003


With two golden guitar finalist nominations in 2007, Anita Ree presents as Australia’s premiere female bush balladeer.
With extensive touring in 2006/7 strengthe
ning her fan base across Australia her new album story songs is receiving plenty of air play and interest. With a unique style all her own Anita sings songs of Australia and its people, representing our past achievers as well as our modern day way of life.
ADDRESS;
PO BOX 209 Maryborough Qld 4650
For Interviews or Enquiries Phone 0427 968 056
anita-ree@hotmail.com
> Anita being presented with her Star Quest trophy by Meryl Davis and Brian Letton.

 


 

MATT MANNING
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2004



< Matt Manning with his Star Quest Trophy at the Tamworth Diggers Club Auditorium19th January 2004
A.B.B.A. BUSH BALLADEER STAR QUEST
Brian Young, Matt Manning & Peter Coad. Photo:Peter Leahy

3 album releases
Winner - People's Choice award & TIARA Award 2009
2 GOLDEN GUITAR
AWARDS FINALISTS
2009! -

For Contact/Radio/Media Interviews
Please contact lynmanning@iprimus.com.au



 


JEFF GIBSON
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2005


Jeff has several albums available and still performs at festivals and events around the nation.

For Contact/Radio/Media Interviews
please contact
   Jeff: Jeff Gibson
valladeer@bigpond.com



Pic: L-R: Peter Coad(A.B.B.A. President), Matt Manning, Joy McKean, Jeff Gibson, Nathan Charlton and Anita Ree.

 

 

 



JULIE PERANDES
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2006

"Me and Moonlight" Winner - New
Talent  QLD Gold Medallion Awards 2006!!
Moonlight" Winner - New Talent  Bungendore Awards 2007!!
Pic Top: Wave Jackson, Julie Perandes & Peter Coad


At the Star Quest: L-R:
Julie Perandes, Lorraine Pfitzner, Anita Ree, Matt Manning, Peter Coad, Jeff Gibson & Nathan Charlton.

For Contact/Radio/Media Interviews
please contact
; julie_perandes@yahoo.com.au

 

 



 




GREG BAIN
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2008

Greg Bain of North Rothbury New South Wales took out the 2007 A.B.B.A. Bush Balladeer Star Quest.
Greg has worked in the mining industry all his life. He bought his first guitar in his 20ís and began playing at BBQs and family functions.
*** WINNER - NEW TALENT - BUNGENDORE STAN COSTER MEMORIAL AWARDS 2008!
*** FINALIST - NEW TALENT -
GOLD MEDALLION AWARDS 2007 and heaps more
Contact Greg Bain;
gbain4@bigpond.com

 

 

 


 

RACHEL RICHARDS
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2008

RACHEL RICHARDS- BUSH BALLADEER STAR QUEST WINNER 2008.
The 2008 Bush Ball
adeer Star Quest saw the field narrowed to just four finalists. All genuine balladeers, this Star Quest was one of the most competitive held so far, and intense competition.
The Quest saw top performances from all the contestants, but it was RACHEL RICHARDS who took out the honour.

PIC: > Rachel Richards & Joy McKean at the Star Quest 2008. Pic by Toni Cook.

Contact: RACHEL RICHARDS


 

SHARON SMITH
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2009

Sharon was born in Pittsworth Queensland. She has resided in the Pittsworth and Oakey region most of her life.
At the age of fifteen she perservered and committed herself to the sport for 5 years, her reward being the first women's welterweight champion of Queensland.

While always being inspired by music, she got to support many distinguished country music artists including Dean Perrett, Barry Thorton, Charlie Boyter, Keith Jamieson, Alisha Smith and many more.

With neumerous Finalists behind, CMAA College experience and a few albums now under her belt, Sharon is still performing at various events.

Contact Sharon Smith 
P O Box 261
Oakey
Qld 4401

Mobile number- 0428 153 794  





DAVID BALDI
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2010

This prestigious Quest finds new upcoming bush ballad talent and again delivered a strong winner David Baldi, singer/songwriter from Victoria.
Single out now on Radio Single
(NFS 141)
"Hittin' The Murray"!

For contact details/for interviews/Press pic etc
please contact the A.B.B.A.
info@bushballadeers.com.au

 



KALESTI BUTLER
Bush Balladeer Star Quest Winner 2011



KALESTI BUTLER

Kalesti Butler is a new face for Australian Country Music as the ambassador for the Australian Bush Balladeers Association. Kalesti was the winner of the Bush
Kalesti has a fresh look and sound on stage that gives a lasting impression, which is inspiring to many people. Kalesti has performed at many shows and various country music festivals around Australia,

Email: Kalesti Butler or phone 0439 674 759 for bookings..

 

 

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