Living legend Slim "Redback" Newton to headline Scone Hunter Valley Country Music Association fundraiser

TASTE OF THE OUTBACK: Tracey Rowland, Ebonie, Troy Rowland and Bill Rowland are looking forward to bringing country music talent to the region this Sunday.

TASTE OF THE OUTBACK: Tracey Rowland, Ebonie, Troy Rowland and Bill Rowland are looking forward to bringing country music talent to the region this Sunday.

COUNTRY music enthusiasts are in for a treat this Sunday with a local fundraising event aiming to raise the profile of the popular genre in Scone.

The Rowland family, who form local ensemble the Rowland Family Band, have long been members of the Hunter Valley Country Music Association (HVCMA).

Now, they have decided to form a Scone branch with Sunday's event a chance for residents to gain a feel for the club.

One of country's living legends Slim "Redback" Newton will perform with supporting artists at St Luke's Hall, Scone from 12pm to 3pm.

HVCMA Scone sub-branch general manager Bill Rowland said the association has been running for 40 years in the Valley and he's been involved from the start.

They run regular club days which combine all sub genres of country music, from the more modern to old-style, where enthusiasts can network, talent can be nurtured and confidence can be built.

"We're bringing it to Scone for anyone that wants to learn country music," he said.

"I bring an expertise from all I've learnt in 40 years with guitar, harmonica and vocals and I'm also a judge for talent.

"So, I can help to nurture anyone that wants to learn country music in general whether it be playing an instrument or learning how to sing."

The group is completely not-for-profit with proceeds from Sunday's event supporting local organisation Scone and District Cancer Support Group.

"It's a cause fairly close to our heart because so many people in the country music industry have got cancer and a few of them have passed away," Mr Rowland explained.

"We've got one member who has lost his voice and uses a vibrating tool on his throat but he still comes to support his country music by playing a guitar.

"I've had cancer myself, I've had melanomas; and family members have passed away from it.

"The Cancer Support Group is the organisation we want to start with, but it won't be the only one.

"We will support other groups in our district."

Mr Rowland said he hopes the guest appearance of Slim "Redback" Newton will be something the community enjoys.

"He wrote the song The Redback on the Toilet Seat," he said.

"He actually won a gold guitar for it and the man is one of country's living legends.

"We know him personally so we feel so privileged to have him come up and I believe it's his first appearance in Scone."

While the fundraiser is welcome to anyone, it's hoped it will draw attention from people interested in forming part of the group locally.

"If we get enough people to the event and interest to start it up then it will be regularly held every second Sunday of the month," Mr Rowland said.

"If they want to come along, they're most welcome to come and listen, they don't have to be a performer but if they are and would like to learn a little bit more we're here to help them."

Entry to the event is $10 and free for children under 14.

There is no need to RSVP.

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