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Merv Webster / Blog

I.C.M.A. MOST FAVOURITE INDEPENDENT BALLADEERS AWARD

I've just been advised that I am a finalist nominee in the I.C.M.A. MOST FAVOURITE INDEPENDENT BALLADEERS category and I would appreciate your casting a vote for me. Please pass it on to others whom you consider might wish to do so. Nice to be be in such good company. http://www.icmaaustralia.com/contact-us.php

Finalist TSA National Country Songwriting Contest 2014

Finalists for the TSA National Country Songwriting Contest 2014

LYRICS ONLY Let’s Say Adieu Instead – Merv Webster Songlines – Paul Clairs The Truth Hurts – John Walsh The Good News And The Bad – Terry Bennetts The Old JC – Merv Webster Charlie Trevor’s Fence – Alec Raymer Bluey- Bluey –Bluey – Sherry Tarrant The Saddle In The Shed – Kevin Pye

The winner was The Saddle in the Shed - Kevin Pye.

Great evening at the awards night at the Longyard Hotel in Tamworth..

Semi-Finalists for the TSA National Country Songwriting Contest 2014

Semi-Finalists for the TSA National Country Songwriting Contest 2014

NOVICE – TRADITIONAL He Moved The Land – Lynda Barnes Always In Love – Kenneth Shaw & Linda Shaw The Wombat Song – Lynda Barnes NOVICE– CONTEMPORARY Loving You – Barbara Llewelyn Little Girl Dreams – Angela Easson The Railways – Brian Carter Love Online – Stephen Pike & David Pike Sunshine When It’s Raining – Jim Fury When The Sun Goes Down – Lisa Scelzi

BLUES & ROOTS & BLUEGRASS 2nd Hand Man – Alita Fahey Worse For Wear – Magdalena Macdonald Life Is Good – Paul Penton Unforgiven Sins – Gretta Zilla Wollondilly Blues – Alex Varlow Guitar Man – Stan Lenz

JUNIOR Mix Tape – Abbey Gardner Footprints – Cassi Hilbers Daddy – Kaitlyn Thomas Turn Around – Abbey Gardner You Were The Stranger – Taylor Pfeiffer Secret Dreams - Katie Marie Hearne Apple Tree – Abbey Gardner

LYRICS ONLY Let’s Say Adieu Instead – Merv Webster Songlines – Paul Clairs The Truth Hurts – John Walsh The Good News And The Bad – Terry Bennetts The Old JC – Merv Webster Charlie Trevor’s Fence – Alec Raymer Bluey- Bluey –Bluey – Sherry Tarrant The Saddle In The Shed – Kevin Pye

OPEN – TRADITIONAL Fitzroy River – Terry Bennetts & Keith Lethbridge Branding Fire With Smoke – Graham Rodger & Andrew Black Field Of Sun Flowers – Fiona Karamanlidis The Life Of A Drover – Jayson Watkin He’s Droving Once Again – Graham Rodger Ghost Of The Yaraka Line – Graham Rodger Today – Wanita Rommel – Tony Jewell A Truckies Last Letter – Dale Duncan & Graham Rodger

OPEN – CONTEMPORARY Just Fine – James Donnelly Standing On Your Feet – Jordy McMillan Faith In Me – John Walsh & Mike Carr Black Ice – Lola Brinton / Trisha Rolda Frangipanni Bay – Jayson Watkin Please Be Mine – James Donnelly Even The Score – Allison Forbes Sleep With The Angels – Carolyne Morris Big Wheels Rolling – Graham Rodger Go To Hell With You – Cathy Dobson Billy – Jordy McMillan Ball And Chain – Cathy Dobson Daddy’s Time To Go – Pam Griffin / Sarah Griffin Soon As This Song’s Over – Stephen Kiely Storm With You – Adam Power Crosses At The Gate – Magdalena McDonald

T.S.A. National Songwriting Contest 2013

2013 Finalist results below.... TSA Announces the Finalists in ALL competition Categories. This Competition attracted near record entry levels and below are the finalists. TSA wishes to thank ALL the many judges involved in this competition.

LYRICS ONLY – FINALISTS Fire, Friend Or Foe – Geoff Munro, Carol Basstian A Love To Own The Land – Merv Webster The Dingo Scalper’s Daughter – Merv Webster I Wish You Enough – Wendy Wood The Ironclad Hotel – Ed Sutherland

Chuffed to win with the Dingo scalper's Daughter.

The Australian Bush Balladeers Association.

THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH BALLADEERS ASSOCIATION INC P.O. Box 90, Tamworth 2340 NSW. Website www.bushballadeers.com.au Email info@bushballadeers.com.au 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.

Garden of Hope and Courage

Lyrics to my song My White Rose of Hope to be placed in the Helidon Garden of Hope and Courage. HELDION GARDEN OF HOPE & COURAGE This special garden has been designed to allow visitors and townsfolk, the opportunity for quiet contemplation. It is not a memorial but instead, somewhere to come and gather your thoughts. The garden was conceived by a lady named Elizabeth after she witnessed the courage displayed by the people of the Lockyer Valley during the devastating floods of January 2011. It has been made possible by generous donations of money, time and materials and with the special aid of the Lockyer Valley Regional Council. It is the purpose of this garden to ensure that the courage of the Community be recognised and that their Hope for the future never be lost or underestimated. MY WHITE ROSE OF HOPE “Grandma, why is it you call this flower your white rose of hope?” “Well”, her tearful grandma said, not sure if she could somehow cope with the answer. “This white rose my dear, sweet child survived a day when I lost most everything I loved; the rest got washed away. That day muddy water, meters high, rushed down our little creek sweeping everything before its path, the strong dear and the weak. And among the carnage left behind, the one thing that I found, was the rose bush you are looking at; still standing safe and sound. Chorus To me it was a sign of hope that white rose growing there It proved that life can carry on amid all that despair. Each day it gave me strength of heart and child it helped me cope. That’s why this precious flower dear is my white rose of hope. Then as each day brought its haunting task to want to stay alive I would take a stroll to see a friend who helped me to survive. It might sound a wee bit silly, but those moments I would share with my white rose in the garden gave me hope beyond compare. It took years to rebuild from that day and start life fresh again, though the treasures of a lifetime lost still linger and bring pain. But thank God he gave us memories along with happy tears and my white rose in my garden they all helped allay my fears. Chorus To me it was a sign of hope that white rose growing there It proved that life can carry on amid all that despair. Each day it gave me strength of heart and child it helped me cope That’s why this precious flower dear is my white rose of hope 17th February 2011 ©Bush Poet and Balladeer - Merv Webster After the horrific Grantham floods in January 2011 one lady returned to her home to find it totally devastated and filled with mud and debris. The only thing to survive of any value was a white rose bush in her garden bearing white flowers and she was so moved by its survival that she called it her white rose of Hope.