Boardwalk Lounge – Ground Floor – 11am to 5pm

Free Entry – the first Sunday of every month

Our aim is to provide a forum for any budding artist wishing to expand their musical and entertaining experience.The club also provides a venue, easily accessible to those wishing to hear live Country music.
The club holds 11 music days per year, meeting on the 1st Sunday of each month.Eleven years past has attracted many “walk up artists” from far and wide and we continue to encourage anyone who wishes to have their 15 minutes of fame.Are you looking for somewhere to sing or play a country song, you are?  Then join us for a great afternoon of entertainment at Ballina RSL with Ballina Country Music Club.
Walk up artists allowed 3 songs and the day is open to all ages.Artists requesting the “Band” as backing are required to provide 3 copies of “Chorded Charts” for the band (they want to play it how you do it). You can sing your 3 songs as a ‘Solo’ or with the band.Rotated on a monthly basis, 4 very talented “Country Music Bands” form a special feature of the day.LINE DANCING as well as other styles are always welcome. Guest artists from the Country Music scene, have graced the stage over the years. Tanya Kernaghan was a very special guest in 2015.Low Annual Membership fees: Single: $5.00, Family:  $10.00. There’s raffles & lucky door prizes plus – Members drawer:  $30.00 –  Free monthly newsletters. Regular “Members Showcase Spot” where a Music Club Member is our ’star’ of the day performing a 30 minute set. Walk Up Artist Lucky Draw Prize: $10.00.
Come along to the Ballina RSL Club’s Boardwalk Lounge on the ground floor on the 1st Sunday of each month for a great afternoon of live country music.

Sunday February 3, 2019

Boardwalk Lounge  – Ground Floor

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Feature Band

Ann, Bill, Jill & Maurie

                                                                                                                                                                             

Ann, Bill, Jill and Maurie have been entertaining the people of the Northern Rivers for over 20 years including many Anzac Days at the Ballina RSL.

They are very happy and generous musicians and are very well known for their wonderful melodious tunes and dance floor capers and music.

Sunday March 3, 2019

Boardwalk Lounge  – Ground Floor

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Feature Band

Smokehouse

Smokehouse Country Music Club is based in the Tweed, but the current band is made up of players from Hope Island to Brunswick. These players have accumulated many years of experience and this is evident in the quality of their performances. Many styles are covered Australian Country, Irish Country, American Country in fact anything country.

SUNDAY APRIL 7, 2019

Boardwalk Lounge  – Ground Floor

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

THIRST QUENCHING COUNTRY MUSIC for FANS with

Colin Johnson and Lyn Golding are the founding members of Check 2 Country from Casino.  Both Lyn and Col’s history dates back more than 10 years and the members of the band are well known in the Northern Rivers for quality music and presentation. Band members are: Lead Guitarist John Rainbird, Lead Guitar & Keyboard Jim Andrews, Bass Guitar Ray Simpkin, Drums Dick McCoy.  All members live around the Northern Rivers and have been associated with Check 2 for well over a decade.

Sunday May 5, 2019

Boardwalk Lounge  – Ground Floor

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Feature Band

Sandfire

Local friends and acquaintances while playing at different country venues around the Northern Rivers and Southern Queensland over the past 25 years ultimately formed many variable professional bands.

In 1994, the lead guitarist and vocalist, Mike Aleman instigated the forming of another current successful country music band and with that experience later moved on and created Sandfire.

These talented and innovative musicians have been backing the Ballina Country Music Club artists at music days now for the past 4 years.                                           

Sunday June 2, 2019

BCMC Birthday Celebration
Auditorium – Level One

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Feature Band

Ann, Bill, Jill & Maurie

The Piano Man

Ann, Bill, Jill and Maurie have been entertaining the people of the Northern Rivers for over 20 years including many Anzac Days at the Ballina RSL.

They are very happy and generous musicians and are very well known for their wonderful melodious tunes and dance floor capers and music.

Sunday June 2, 2019

BCMC Birthday Celebration
Auditorium – Level One

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Special Guest

Tony Wagner

Tony Wagner Website

Tony was born and raised in the city of Brisbane Austraila. Tony has always been a country boy at heart and further more grew up listening to Country Music and Old Rock ‘n Roll. At the age of 13 Tony took up Piano lessons and has never looked back since. He played for his own enjoyment at home until being introduced to Country Music Clubs in Brisbanes North at the age of 18. It was at this time Tony began backing other artists and became the resident Piano player for other entertainers.

Tony has always had a love for the sound of the Pedal Steel Guitar and at the age of 24 purchased his first Pedal Steel Guitar from Texas in the United States. The sight and sound of the Guitar never fails to draw attention as there are not too many Steel Guitarists still circulating in Australia.

Now an Accomplished piano player and Pedal steel player Tony is a versatile musician who combines dynamic vocals to capture and entertain with passion and polish. His repertoire includes songs from the Hank Williams era to moder day Adam Brand and Lee Kernaghan and everything in between. Tony also enjoys performing Rock ‘n Roll classics, Easy Listening Music and has been enjoying working recently along side renown entertainer John McSweeney and New Zealand Golden Guitar winner Noel Parlane.

Other entertainers that Tony has worked with include Michael King, Shorty Ranger, Samson James, Reg Poole Evelyn Bury and the The Kelly Gang.

There is the ever increasing demands for his music at parties, Weddings and other social functions. In addition to his own music career, Tony also supports and assists many other performers providing backing music both in live shows and through session work and recordings.

Tony has recorded a number of songs which are included on comilation albums and his won album titled “I’m Lost in My World Without You”.

As previously mentioned Tony is versatile and this is also reflected by the way he can adapt to working as a solo act or with a full band. Should anyone require live entertainment for any type of function or event your will not be disappointed with Tony Wagner whether he entertains as a solo, duo or with a full band.

SUNDAY JULY 7, 2019

Boardwalk Lounge  – Ground Floor

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Check 2 Country

THIRST QUENCHING COUNTRY MUSIC for FANS with

Colin Johnson and Lyn Golding are the founding members of Check 2 Country from Casino.  Both Lyn and Col’s history dates back more than 10 years and the members of the band are well known in the Northern Rivers for quality music and presentation. Band members are: Lead Guitarist John Rainbird, Lead Guitar & Keyboard Jim Andrews, Bass Guitar Ray Simpkin, Drums Dick McCoy.  All members live around the Northern Rivers and have been associated with Check 2 for well over a decade.

Sunday August 4, 2019

Boardwalk Lounge – Ground Floor

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Feature Band

Ann, Bill, Jill & Maurie

                                                                                                      The Piano Man                                                                                                         

Ann, Bill, Jill and Maurie have been entertaining the people of the Northern Rivers for over 20 years including many Anzac Days at the Ballina RSL.

They are very happy and generous musicians and are very well known for their wonderful melodious tunes and dance floor capers and music.

Sunday September 1, 2019

Boardwalk Lounge  – Ground Floor

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Feature Band

Sandfire

Local friends and acquaintances while playing at different country venues around the Northern Rivers and Southern Queensland over the past 25 years ultimately formed many variable professional bands.

In 1994, the lead guitarist and vocalist, Mike Aleman instigated the forming of another current successful country music band and with that experience later moved on and created Sandfire.

These talented and innovative musicians have been backing the Ballina Country Music Club artists at music days now for the past 4 years.                                           

Sunday September 1, 2019

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Special Guest

Laura Downing

 

Laura Downing is one of Australia’s most popular performers.

She is a ‘Country Musician’, ‘Yodeller’ and ‘Stand Up Comedian’ and has won competitions across Australia, New Zealand, USA and Europe.

Laura has also held the title twice as Queensland and Northern NSW yodelling champion of Champions.

 Her latest award came for Female Vocalist of year in Queensland for 2018.

 Laura will bring these talents to the Ballina Country Music Club’s live music day at the Ballina RSL Club as a ‘Special Guest Artist’ in September, 2019.

A Father’s Day afternoon of the finest Country Music not to be missed supported and backed by the fabulous band ‘SANDFIRE’.

SUNDAY October 6, 2019

Boardwalk Lounge  – Ground Floor

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Check 2 Country

THIRST QUENCHING COUNTRY MUSIC for FANS with

Colin Johnson and Lyn Golding are the founding members of Check 2 Country from Casino.  Both Lyn and Col’s history dates back more than 10 years and the members of the band are well known in the Northern Rivers for quality music and presentation. Band members are: Lead Guitarist John Rainbird, Lead Guitar & Keyboard Jim Andrews, Bass Guitar Ray Simpkin, Drums Dick McCoy.  All members live around the Northern Rivers and have been associated with Check 2 for well over a decade.

Sunday November 3, 2019

Boardwalk Lounge – Ground Floor

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Feature Band

Ann, Bill, Jill & Maurie

The Piano Man

                                                                                                          Ann, Bill, Jill and Maurie have been entertaining the people of the Northern Rivers for over 20 years including many Anzac Days at the Ballina RSL.

They are very happy and generous musicians and are very well known for their wonderful melodious tunes and dance floor capers and music.

Sunday December 1, 2019

Christmas Celebrations

Auditorium  – Level One

11am – 5pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Check 2 Country

THIRST QUENCHING COUNTRY MUSIC for FANS with

Colin Johnson and Lyn Golding are the founding members of Check 2 Country from Casino.  Both Lyn and Col’s history dates back more than 10 years and the members of the band are well known in the Northern Rivers for quality music and presentation. Band members are: Lead Guitarist John Rainbird, Lead Guitar & Keyboard Jim Andrews, Bass Guitar Ray Simpkin, Drums Dick McCoy.  All members live around the Northern Rivers and have been associated with Check 2 for well over a decade.

Previous Member Showcase

GLORIA and JIM LEE

Gloria and Jim are residents of Alstonville and have been Music Club Members since we started in June, 2007.

Jim has been playing in bands since 1946 while doing cattle roundups in Northern Queensland while Gloria began in 1986 with their family bands “The Stetsons” & Whiskey River”.

They both stopped playing for 20 years, but commenced again after the Ballina CMC started in 2007.

Gloria, originally from Adelaide and Jim from Melbourne are strong stalwarts of Country Music with the Blues and Rock n Roll popular genre.

Favourite stars of Gloria are Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Beccy Cole, while Jim has a hankering for Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

They both hope to continue entertaining for a good while yet, as well as their favourite nursing home spots.

Previous Guest Artist

AUSTRALIA’S BUSH BALLAD VOICE

JEFF BROWN

Jeff’s Website

CONGRATULATIONS Jeff and Keith, winners of the Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad of the Year 2014 for the song “I Love Australia”

Traditional Australian Country Music artist Jeff Brown, believes that a good Bush Ballad tells a story that will touch the heart of everyday Aussies.  Jeff Brown delivers these stories in song with sincerity and quality. The winning of a Tamworth Golden Guitar award for Bush Ballad of the Year in 2014 as well as 2005 gives testimony to this.

Jeff grew up on the family property on the Darling Downs in Queensland. In 2000 he bought an old Value Liner Mack and has been an owner/driver ever since.

Jeff sings songs about life on the land and the trucking industry, relating to both in a personal way. “Torn between Two Worlds’ is a song on Jeff’s Truck album, “The Open Road’. It’s about being torn between the music that he loves and the trucking game. It sums up Jeff’s heart to a tee.

It’s been 5 years in the making, but Jeff has finally released his latest work “Hard To Let Go’. This album contains a full spectrum of contemporary and traditional bush ballads, from the tongue in cheek “Cry A Million Tears’ to the heartfelt “Hard To Let Go’, this album will make you smile and possibly shed a tear.

Jeff was honoured to work with Stuie French at Swingin’ Doors Studios, who produced the album and he is rapt with the finished product.

Previous Member Showcase

Boardwalk Lounge  – Ground Floor

11.15am – 5.30pm
Free Entry – All Welcome

Marge Graham

Club Member:  4 years

Began Playing the Guitar:   1974.        Began Singing: 1942

First began as a “Walk Up” Artist:  1980

Perform as entertainer:   1972

Interested in: Country Music Genres

Favourite Country Music Artist:  Slim Dusty

Hopes for the future:  To sing forever

Enjoy most of all: The People.

Marge Graham is a talented singer and songwriter from the Northern Rivers region, New South Wales, Australia. She also has a talent in radio announcing and hosts her own show on North Coast Radio, 92.9 MHz Lismore (2NCR FM). Marge is well respected within the station as she has been a part of it for well over 20 years. All her fellow presenters and all the locals are inspired by her talent.