Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion at the Corner 8 March 2006

Sarah Lee Guthrie - one of the unsung heroines of the 30th Port Fairy folk festival headlines Nu Country TV - 9 p m - Tuesday April 4 - on C 31.

The singer and singing spouse Johnny Irion performed songs from their debut duets disc Exploration and solo albums at the Shipwreck Coast musical bonanza.

We also interviewed Sarah Lee, 26, at the Corner Hotel in Richmond before one of her concerts with Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys.

A segment of the interview with Guthrie - daughter of Arlo and granddaughter of late legend Woody - is featured in the finale episode of this series produced by Sofie B.

Sofie and prolific drummer Dave Folley - this week's host - filmed the interview and live footage at the Corner and Port Fairy.

Sarah Lee talks about her City Of New Orleans magical, musical mystery concert train trip to raise funds for hurricane victims.

Also on the train were Arlo and Shotgun Willie Nelson who both had big hits with the late Steve Goodman's song about the famed locomotive.

Tasmanian video camera operator-audio wizard Kerry Richardson also shot footage at Port Fairy of Sarah Lee and Irion, Wailin' Jennys, Bill Chambers, David Francey and other artists.

It will be featured in Series #6 of Nu Country TV in winter and spring.

CLICK HERE for a Sarah Lee-Johnny Irion feature from the Diary on May 17, 2005.
CLICK HERE for webmistress Anne Sydenham's review of their acclaimed Corner Hotel concert with the Wailin' Jennys, Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll from March 8, 2006.


Sarah Lee and Johnny performed an impromptu guest role on Stage 5 with fellow Port Fairy star Bill Chambers.

Chambers, 53 and a grandfather, was promoting second solo album Frozen Ground at the eclectic extravaganza.

Bill performs his video clip for the new song Chasing Rainbows from his acclaimed album on son Nash's label Essence.

Chambers finds escape from a dominatrix in the song - one of several on his new disc about wanton women.

CLICK HERE for a review of the album from The Diary.
CLICKE HERE for a November, 2002, interview with Bill from the Diary.


Queensland born Graeme Connors who headlined Stage 1 at Port Fairy on the first night of the festival also returns to Nu Country.

Connors, father of five sons, performs a video for his song - The Great Australian Dream from his 1995 album The Here And Now.

The son of a son of a railroad man and Chambers both used multi-instrumentalist James Gillard from The Flood in their festival bands.

Connors, now 51, broke on the national scene when he toured Australia at 19 with Kris Kristofferson in 1974.

The singer performed at Port Fairy to promote 14th album The Moment featuring previous international festival guest Andrea Zonn on three of his songs.

CLICK HERE for a Graeme Connors feature from the Diary on March 18, 2005


Scot born Sydney singer Karl Broadie also won many new fans at Port Fairy.

Broadie and band performed songs from his two discs on Sydney label Laughing Outlaw and new Universal album Black Crow Calling.

The singer debuted with the album Nowhere Now Here (2003) and EP Everybody's Gold (2004) before winning wider exposure for Black Crow Calling featuring 13 of his original
Karl, who arrived in Australia in 1997, features in a video clip for his song It Lasts from Black Crow Calling.

Broadie has frequently toured internationally and shared stages here with Canadians Fred Eaglesmith, Corb Lund and Shannon Lyon, is more esoteric.

CLICK HERE for a Karl Broadie review from the Diary.


Popular Melbourne singer-songwriter Cyndi Boste also returns to Nu Country this week.

The Basin born artist has made three albums that she promoted on an European tour with Barb Waters.

Her debut disc Home Truths and second album Push Comes To Shove were produced by former Dingoes guitarist Kerryn Tolhurst - now living in New York.

Her third album Scrambled Eggs featured live cuts of Roller and Holy Waters with Dave Steel, her brother Rory and Tolhurst at Port Fairy folk fest in 2003.

She performs Saying Things for us.

CLICK HERE for a Cyndi Boste concert review by Peter O'Keefe in our Articles on August 28, 2004.


Guthrie protégé the late Johnny Cash has made a posthumous sales comeback after the huge success of Walk The Line movie starring Oscar and Golden Globe winners Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.

The movie soundtrack topped U.S. charts and has also had a lengthy reign on the Australian sales graphs.

Cash's chart sales spurt has extended to new compilations, boxed sets, duet disc with late spouse June Carter Cash and live concerts at Folsom Prison and San Quentin on CD and DVD.

Johnny died at 71 on September 12, 2003 - just three months after June Carter who passed at 73 on May 15.

We feature a video clip of his more recent Rick Rubin produced, Trent Reznor song Hurt from American 1V - The Man Comes Around (2002.)

CLICK HERE for a Cash story from the Diary on September 23, 2003.

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