Mid Pacific Bob Olson hosts an exclusive preview of the 31st Port Fairy folk festival on Nu Country TV this Saturday March 3 - at 9.30 p m on C 31.

Popular tourists Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch, about to make their latest Australian tour, will join the singing chef.

The duo grows to a quartet for its April visit and was featured in one of the big tents at the 2005 festival.

Associate producer Carol Taylor and frequent host Heather Rutherford filmed the stars performing songs from their album You Can't Save Everybody.

Nu Country editor and co-producer Kerry Richardson also filmed Bill Chambers and band live from last year's festival with a song from his second album Frozen Ground.

We also feature The Flood, who perform at Port Fairy from March 9-12, and Graeme Connors and Karl Broadie who played there last year.

Among country artists performing this year is U.S bluegrass duo Dan Crary and Don Ross, Lunasa, Canadian duo Madviolet, Anne Kirkpatrick, Shane & Marcia Howard, Damian Howard & the Gentle Souls, Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing, Cyndi Boste, Lost In Suburbia, Rich Family, The Yearlings and the Sky Rockats.

This week's show is repeated on Wednesday at 5.30 p m and Thursday at high noon.

Kane, Welch, multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin and Kane's drummer son Lucas play Victoria on a tour that includes the Byron Bay Blues festival.

They are promoting their new album Lost John Dean on their Dead Reckoning label, distributed here by Shock.

CLICK HERE for a Kane interview from the Diary on July 25, 2006.


Sydney band The Flood recorded a CD Live Down Here On Earth and DVD Plenty of Time with Welch on one of his many tours of Australia.

The group performs a video of its Kevin Bennett penned single 2003 from its third album The Late, Late Show on this week's show.

The Flood won the 2006 Vocal Group of the Year Golden Guitar for their song Hello Blue Sky - first single off the album.

It toured Victoria last year with fellow Port Fairy guest Karl Broadie.

Further info - www.theflood.com.au


Expatriate Scottish singer Karl Broadie was joined by The Flood on his second album Black Crow Calling.

The singer, one of the finds of Port Fairy 2006, performs a video of his song Long, Long Way.

CLICK HERE for a Broadie CD review from the Diary on April 2, 2006.


Bill Chambers hot live band backed him as he showcased his second album Frozen Ground at Port Fairy in 2006.

Editor Kerry Richardson captured Bill, touring with Fred Eaglesmith & The Flying Squirrels in March and April, performing an energetic set.

Chambers, raised in Southend and Millicent in South Australia, has been producing other artists in the past couple of years.

One of his successes is Victorian born latter day Byron Bay singer Sara Tindley's second album Lucky The Sun (Vitamin).

He also played on daughter Kasey's fourth solo CD Carnival and is promoting their back catalogue of Dead Ringer Band discs, now in U.S. stores.

CLICK HERE for a Bill Chambers review from the Diary on April 2. 2006.


Queensland country star Graeme Connors recently toured Victoria with fellow veteran Anne Kirkpatrick - one of the stars of this year's Port Fairy folk festival.

We featured Golden Guitar winner Anne's single Drive Away during a recent episode of Nu Country - this week it's a video of Connors song On A Roll.

The Mackay born father of five sons opened for Kris Kristofferson as a teenager and has since won a brace of Golden Guitars.

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


Mid Pacific introduces superstar American duo Brooks & Dunn as the roughage in his Port Fairy festival folk diet.

The duo hosted the recent CMA Awards in Nashville and won a brace of gongs in a show that also rewarded expatriate Australasian superstar Keith Urban who returns here for a triumphant tour in May.

Brooks & Dunn recently opened for the Rolling Stones on their American tour - on one concert they played to 16,000 fans at the sold-out show who paid as much as $350 for tickets.

They perform a video of their song Building Bridges from their 10th album Hillbilly Deluxe.

The duo first recorded in 1991 and frequently won the CMA duo of the year except in 2000 when Montgomery Gentry broke the mould.

Louisiana born Brooks and Texan Dunn's fiddle player is Jimmy Stewart - one time boyfriend of expatriate Australian starlet Catherine Britt.

Brooks has recovered from knee and shoulder surgery after suffering injuries in an Indiana donkey race.

CLICK HERE for a Brooks & Dunn story from the Diary on April 12, 2004.


ARIA award winning singer Troy Cassar-Daley hosted the premiere of Series #7 of Nu Country TV and is a valued benefactor.

The singer, who performed with Shane Howard and Sara Storer at the 2005 Port Fairy folk festival, is in big demand.

You can win an autographed copy of Troy's big selling sixth album Brighter Day by becoming a member of Nu Country TV.

We also have copies of Felicity's fifth CD My Life and expatriate Australian country star Catherine Britt's second album Too Far Gone.

CLICK HERE to learn how to win CDS by Troy, Felicity, Kacey Jones, Catherine Britt, Tania Kernaghan and Billy Wyatt.

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