DIARY - 21 NOVEMBER 2004 - LOUIE &
BEHIND THE GRILL TO RIDING THE RANGE
Louise Clancey grew up in New Zealand she was exposed to the country
music of her mentors on the radio.
Louise was raised in Huntly and learned country music from her parents
vast record collection.
"She was so desperate to sing that she would sing to people in
cars as they drove past just to get an audience!" reports fellow
Jon Clegg from her Warrnambool band The Rustlers.
"She would get her brother to tell her when a car was coming
so she'd be prepared. She met with New Zealand country singer Joy
Adams and sang with her at a local Country Music club. She was invited
to join a tour but she was a bit too young at the time. The family
moved to Perth and Louie followed in her early twenties. She continued
singing in musicals with theatre companies."
on a solo singing career when she teamed up with local musicians on the
Shipwreck Coast at Port Fairy prior to Louie And The Rustlers.
The Port Fairy princess of the prairie is such in big demand she has two
bands - the Rustlers in Warrnambool and The Flies in Melbourne.
FAIRY TO TAMWORTH
her career as a restaurateur in the historic seaside village - known for
former singing publican and VFL star Ronnie Wearmouth - for the stage.
Louie & The Rustlers spread their fame beyond the Great Southern Ocean
when they performed at the famed Tamworth country music festival in 2003
They won an enthusiastic following at venues diverse as the famed Longyard
hotel and Southgate.
Louise released a solo indie CD Be Kind - featuring her original
tunes - and wowed audiences on the Guinness stage at the annual Port Fairy
One of the originals Sad Love Song won her a nomination in the
finals of the 2004 Victorian Country Music Awards at Whittlesea.
"Louise's recent song writing has taken on a mixture of bluegrass
and country blues influences," says fellow Rustler Jon Clegg - a
veteran Shipwreck Coast musician.
bassist Michael Schack, a South West TAFE librarian and talent spotter,
alerted Livers guitarist Rodger Delfos.
Delfos caught Louie performing with the Rustlers on trips to Warrnambool
and Port Fairy with the Dead Livers and Broken Spoke.
singing Nu Country audio technician has formed a Melbourne band
to back her on trips to the big smoke.
On a recent weekend Delfos, Schack, drummer Ron Mahney and fellow
guitarist Don Farrell of Monique Brumby fame performed at the Criterion
Hotel, Warrnambool, as Louie & The Flies.
But unlike the night Old Spice - one of Schack's six Warrnambool
bands played the pub when former ATSIC boss Geoff Clarke paid his
respects after an afternoon at the May races - the show wasn't closed
down by police.
Louie strutted her stuff with the Flies who back her at the Nu Country
10th Christmas party at Bush Inn, West Toorak, on Saturday December
Also on the bill are bluegrass band Barnlaid, Suzie Dickinson and
Nipper Mack & The Very Handsome Men.
fronted the Rustlers for a Sabbath gig at the nearby Caledonian Hotel
on a recent weekend.
"Louie was singing with Roger, Don, Ron and myself at the Criterion,"
"Then on Sunday night we played as Louie And The Rustlers at the
Caledonian. But we had some special guests arrive to watch the show (Roger
and Don) and I invited them up to play. The audience reaction was fantastic.
I was personally in awe of Roger and Don because they had had a late night
on Saturday finishing their last whiskey at 9 am Sunday morning! A good
effort given they had a Sunday arvo gig at the Stump."
of many country bands fuelled by Schack - the Count of Yartpturk (a satellite
suburb of Koroit) - is the Little Liver Band.
The band, featuring Schack, Delfos, Mahney and Dead Livers singer Marty
Atchison, is a popular pub band.
"Rodger, Don and Ron Mahony are joining Russell and myself for a
Rusty Buckets gig at the over 40s club," Schack reported.
"The Little Liver Band has been booked Sunday at the Caledonian.
Unfortunately advertising has gone out in yesterday's Warrnambool Standard
as Little River Band. Hold the lawsuit.
You're confused? No more so than the musicians and punters!"
It's unlikely the foreign outfit that owns the Little River Band name
will sue the lads from the deepest south on the Shipwreck Coast.
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