The Galston Country Music Festival 200 was once again the Highlight of the year in the Hills when many thousands of excited Patrons witnessed yet again the incredible talents of the Grand finalists of the Coopers Golden Saddle Awards.
This very Prestigious Award is handed out each year to an outstanding Professional Independent Artist who has been chosen in the first place by Industry "Spotters" Australia wide. The Rotary Club of Galston had the unenviable task of choosing three Grand Finalists from an incredible line-up of Finalists this year. These three Grand Finalists were invited to come to Sydney last Sunday September 14, to perform two songs for Industry Judges, where one lucky winner was chosen.
This year's Grand Finalists were
All three Grand Finalists demonstrated their incredible ability to the Fans, making the Judges job just about impossible. Three completely different styles and all just fantastic was definitely the decision of the Audience. The Judges decision was very close and while everyone waited for their decision, the Audience was treated to a wonderful performance from this years Special Guest Presenter Judy Stone. After much deliberation it was decided that this year's winner of the COOPERS GOLDEN SADDLE AWARD for 2004 is
Rob was presented with a prize package consisting of
*From Coopers Brewery a cheque for $600, a Certificate and
a beautiful handcrafted Golden Saddle Award.
*From Gray Label Studios Recording Time.
*From the Independent Country Music Bulletin a Publicity Package.
*From the GALSTON COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Rob will receive Promotion and an invitation to be a Special Guest in 2004.
Runners up each received courtesy of COOPER'S BREWERY an Appearance Fee of $150, a Certificate and a beautiful Golden Saddle Trophy. The Festival would also like to extend to both Meghan and Peter their heartfelt congratulations on being chosen from such an incredible line-up of Finalists this year and thank them for being part of our very special Festival. The Coopers Golden Saddle Award is of such a high standard now that it has become a most exciting and incredibly enjoyable event and one that no one wants to miss. The winner will also take his place with the growing list of winners attributed to the Galston Country Music Festival over the last seven years.
Thank you to our Judges-
Judges Tony Brentnall (Cooper's Brewery),
Lester V Coombs (Captain Cook Cruises),
Bob Howe (Shownet),
Mary and Rita Schneider,
Geoff Long (Galston Club)
and Herm Kovac (Ramrod Recording Studios)
A final thanks, to our very special Guest Presenter, Judy
*** See you all next year ***
Coopers Golden Saddle Award 2004
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The Galston Country Music Festival is an activity of the
Rotary Club of Galston and all Proceeds aid the Cancer Patients
Assistance Society of NSW and local Charities- PO Box 103 Galston
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FESTIVAL PATRON FRANK IFIELD