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Happenings for October

October 4th, 2015

Our second heat of our Newly Championship, so I have been told (Well I was in Queensland at the time) was a great afternoon with four new contestants going through to the final to be held on Sunday the 8th of November; which is our Talent quest final day.

Those going through to the final are: Emma Haddow, Justess Jones, Sandy Robinson, and Duo Julie Watson-Selkerg / Sandy Robinson.

Our next heat will be held on Sunday 18th of October. Those that have performed before and missed selection are invited to perform in the final heat.

Coming along for the heat of our Newly Championship on this day will be our good friends Peter Simpson and Dianne Lindsay. Along with one of our Prodigy from our earlier days, who is also a Soles of Country recipient. Ron Doherty. It will be great to catch up to our friends.

We will be starting to push our Talent quest form this point on as it will be only a matter of weeks. There is no charge this year for entry into all sections of our TQ, so what’s to lose? If you haven’t down loaded your entry forms we will have forms available at the 3rd heat of our Newly Championship.

I hope our members get behind the third and final heat on Sunday the 18th of September, if you have missed out before you will be in for a great afternoon of entertainment. It’s also free entry.

Performing guest performers at 3rd heat of championship

Performing guest performers at 3rd heat of championship

Newly Championship

August 27th, 2015

Sheri & Dave Aubrey & Martin 001The second heat of the Newly Championship will take place 3pm Sunday the 20th of September. Registrations are still being taken. Remember it is voting by Audience, so make sure you bring all your friends along.

Be sure to be at the West Wallsend Workers club by 2.30pm and report to the compare of the day Adam P.

As well as great entertainment by our contestants you will have A special CD release by one of our favourites Sheri & Dave Mace. Also on our special afternoon we have this years Mo award winners for best Country duo two of our favourites friends Aubrey & Martin. Tell your friends about what a great venue we have and encourage them to come and see what all the fuss is about.  If you would like more information about our Newly Championship or our coming Talent quest, check our web site for downloads or simply come along any Tuesday night starts around 7pm and a new host band each week.Adam Price


coming events 2015

July 28th, 2015

It is hoped that we have a good roll up for our birthday celebrations on the 21st of July. Thirty-five years ago John Battle and I approached the Waratah Mayfield RSL Club with the idea of forming a country music club. We had previously been associated with the Terrace Country music club, which operated out of a Hall in Raymond Terrace, but thought a club closer would go well.

The club advertised in the Newcastle Herald, and over a hundred people turned up, some of which are still members today. A committee was formed and we decided on calling our club the Steel City Country music club the person who put forward the name was Marg Black, Marg and her husband Al were great entertainers and enjoyed performing at our club for many a year.

Our complete music system was made up of my big old bass amp, which performers played and sang through, this we made do for a couple of months when we purchased our first amp, yes the same old one that did us for many a year. We went onto run monthly Sunday shows at the club, bringing special guest artist as well as using up and coming artist from our newly formed club. Some of the special guest we used have still remained friends to our club like Aubrey and Martin Beggs, Wayne Horsbourgh, Jenny Harris are just few of the many that came into contact with us.

We became the first club in the area to run a Talent Quest of which we had a Male, Female and junior section. Of course our first male winner is none other than our own Brian Appleyard.

Over the year we have had a number of moves with our club. We spent two years at the RSL met one night at a hotel, then onto the tennis club, from there to the Wallsend Soccer club the club We held a couple of Festivals there and it was the first time meeting a young Rod McCormack, who has remained friends ever since. Eventually the club went into liquidation there so it was once more on the move. We are now based at the West Wallsend Workers Club. It is a nice area, with a stage just the right size and if you happen to fall off the stage it’s not to far to fall only about a foot. So if you haven’t made it out since we made our last move do yourself a favour and come along and see us some time. On each Tuesday night start around 7pm.

Our very first Newly Championship will start with our first heat 3pm Sunday 16th of August this is open to all comers Juniors, Seniors, Veterans, Duo’s or Groups the only clause is you must accompany yourself or you can even use a backing track each contestant’ is required to do two songs, with the first three place getters going into the final to be held on the Sunday 8th of November at our festival. Oh yes judging for this part of the quest is by audience, so bring all your friends along. There will be further heats third Sunday of September and November. If you miss out on a place you may enter any of the next two heats with the last heat having a wild card entry into the final making it up to ten. After the heats we will have a concert with our own artist plus a special guest each month. Oh yes entry into all sections of quest is free, also free entry for the public into the quest.

So make sure you download entry form for our Newly championship, as well as prize money there is nice trophy for the winner, sure to something to be proud of, and have bragging rights for years to come.

Our 35th birthday was a great night for all who attended I think the club that is our host The West Wallsend Workers Club wouldn’t mind if we had a birthday to celebrate each Tuesday night. We had to restrict our performers to just the two songs no one seemed to mind. Also a great job of backing by Footloose and our old friend Rick Clarke filled in on lead guitar for the night.

Over our many years we are proud of the many charities that we have been able to help out. Our ten years of concerts with Gina Jeffreys and friends for the Leukaemia foundation. There have been Fire, Flood and drought appeals we have been involved in as well as numerous other local charities our members and artists have been involved in. We are proud of our artists that we have helped foster along the way, of course Catherine Britt was one of them, Catherine as we know has another battle on her hands with breast cancer I’m sure she will show the same tenacity that she showed with first how she was determined to play guitar, How her fingers bled and how her

Father had to hide the guitar to give fingers time to mend. We would also like to give a cheerio to Graeme Sharpe, Peter Simpson and Wayne Metcalf who are having their own battles with the dreaded desise.

Our good friends Aubrey and Martin will be back for one of our Sunday concerts

At this stage I think it will be in September. August will see one of our founding members John Battle and a yet to be named  artist keep in touch with our face book page for updatesAubrey & Martin 001

2015 Talent Quests

May 29th, 2015


Talent Quest Poster 2015 jpg

Steel City Country Music Club has had a few big changes this year! One relocating our Host Venue to West Wallsend Workers Club, which we are all pleased to call our new home!  Due to this change we are pleased to announce that we will be going a head with both our Talent Quest in November and our Newly Championships.


Our Talent Quest is on the 7th & 8th of November 2015.  Open to all performers, seniors and juniors and this year entry is FREE!  Entry Forms are located on the side tab.


Our Newly Championships is a competition which Heats will be Held on Sunday 16 August, Sunday 20 September & Sunday 18 October.  With the finals being held on our Talent Quest Weekend Sunday the 8th of November 2015.  This is open to all performers, Amateurs & Semi Professionals.  Must supply own backing.  Backing Tracks are allowed.

First 3 Place getters will perform again in the Final on the 8th of November.  If you miss out you may re-enter in the other HEATS.  An extra WILD card will also be selected in the last heat to get the opportunity to compete in the finals.  Judging is decided by audience!  Entry Forms are also located on the side tab.



Information for club members and friends

October 9th, 2014

Unfortunately the Five Islands Recreation Club had to close its doors last Thursday 2nd of October. Our thanks and best wishes go to the staff and management, who over the past three years have been most helpful and always obliging. We wish them all our best in finding future employment and any club or hotel would be most lucky would be lucky to have them in their employ.

The club was instrumental in helping some of our artist to get started and others to obtain work in the entertainment sector. Sunday afternoons had become a favourite time of the week for many of our members and was a big help to be able to break into the entertainment field

Starting this Tuesday 14th of October our new venue for the Steel City Country Music Club will be the West Wallsend Workers club. The club has a wonderful auditorium and stage with bar and bistro available. Unfortunately there will be no club night on the 21st of October due to prior booking of the auditorium, but the good news is that Melbourne cup day night will be a club night.

At this stage we still have to sort out a date for our Christmas party night and also our last night for the year. A big thanks to all our members, who have stood by us and came along to our club let’s hope you make your way out to the West Wallsend Workers, and I feel sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

West Wallsend Workers Club

53 Carrington Street West Wallsend 2286

Entertainment for the Month of May 2014 for The Steel City Country Music club at Five Islands Rec club

May 6th, 2014

First Tuesday of each  Month will be The Stoney Creek Band

Second Tuesday of each Month at the moment will be Patch work if any changes will advise on facebook

Third Tuesday of each Month will be the Footloose Country band

Fourth Tuesday of each Month will be The Barnsley boys

When a fifth Tuesday comes around it will be once again Patchwork.

The only Sunday entertainment for the Month is on the 18th same time at 5pm.

The Five Islands club is going through some changes and hopefully we should know how things will be going by the end of May.

It is expected to have the Bistro reopened shortly with new staff.

Our Patchwork nights have been going real well with the last couple having 16 performers and another 12 at our last one. A big thanks to all our Artists and bands that have supported our club and also for supporters who come along week in week out.


Entertainment at the Five Islands Recreation Club with Steel City CMC for April 2013

April 3rd, 2014

Sorry a bit late with the info. Stony Creek band opened our First Tuesday of the Month, which fell on of course the first April Fools day. Now how many got caught? Stony Creek were not fooling around and put on a great opening for the night as usual.

I mentioned last month of two groups who I was unsure of, both were good although one of the groups were best suited at another venue, but if you heard the Zane Penn duo at the last Sunday, you would be like me impressed albeit a few sound problems early, but once they got it right was enjoyable. The Bass man Mark also came along on our first Tuesday of the month and enjoyed himself so much he said he’s going to tell all his friends about our night. The more the merrier.

Sunday 6th at 5pm Adam P will be in attendance not sure if he is on his own or with his two friends either way it’s an afternoon of good easy listening music.

Tuesday 8th We will be having our Patchwork group. It’s a good fun night. Starting around 7.30pm

Sunday 13th at   5pm  Karen O’Shea If you haven’t seen this pocket size dynamo do yourself a favour most critics rate Karen as having one of the best voices in country.

Tuesday 15th 7pm Footloose will be the guest band as always they supply great music and are always willing to lend a hand and are always good company. Although not real sure about ‘Dickie Knee’

Sunday 20th at 5pm See’s the return of the Italian Cowboy Peter Cosimo. Peter has been doing some great stuff around the area and will no doubt sing all of your old favourites.

Tuesday 22nd 7pm The ever popular Barnsley boys will be guest band as always nice light Enterainment . Rumour has it Geoff Wilson took all the N/L’s and their now on the way to Canada.

Sunday 27th at 5pm Can’t think of a better way off the last Sunday than have Dave ,Whoops done it again make that Sheri and Dave. Dave has been busy recording Sheri lot’s of good new songs can’t wait to hear it… maybe a few sneak previews on the day.

Tuesday 29th Could have a surprise guest group or it will be Patch work this is because of our fifth Tuesday in the Month

Remember if you have any news for our N/L contact Sheri.

Steel citycmc information for March 2014 at The Five Islands recreation club

March 1st, 2014

March 2nd from 5pm The Barnsley boys with all the old and new favourites

March 4th from 7pm The Stoney creek Band always easy listening music for all

March 9th from 5pm Footloose always good value with their blend of music

March 11th from 7pm Patch work (This could change check at club this coming Tuesday night)

March 16th Jack Daniels and co not really sure of this group someone may enlighten me on their material

March 18th from 7pm Footloose back for another night of good music and good backing.

March 23rd from 5pm Greg Bain a great bush balladeer, who just seems to get better every time you hear him

March 25th from 7pm The Barnsley boys will be our guest band  always a good way to finish up our last Tuesday night of the month

March 30th from 5pm Zane Penn duo another that I have not heard of maybe someone can also let me know.


Entertainment at the Five Islands rec club with Steel CityCMC for February 2014

January 29th, 2014

5pm Sunday 2nd what better way to start our new year off than with our good friends Aubrey & Martin. Always great entertainment plus you never know who may turn up as a special guest on the night.

7pm Tuesday 4th Our first night back for our muster nights, so dust off guitars and banjo’s and it in full swing for the year ahead with guest band “Stoney Creek”

5pm Sunday 9th Peter Stephenson will be along to sing all your favourites

7pm Tuesday 11th The boys from the bush…well Nelson bay Brumby’s run with their great sound of country looking forward in catching up to boys once again.

5pm Sunday 16th Two of our local favourites just back from ten days of camping at Tamworth

Sheri & Dave. Dave is getting busy recording Sheri’s first album if the rest of the songs are as good as the first two it will be a hit.

7pm Tuesday 18th A big welcome back to ‘Footloose’ The boys are always willing to get in give a hand to any who need it.

5pm Sunday 23rd Aleyce Simmons and Lachlan Bryan. Aleyce has been getting rave reviews in Tamworth over the festival it will be great to catch up to her again.

7pm Tuesday 25th we close out the Month with the ever popular Barnsley Boys. Always good to catch up with them.

Entertainment at The Five Islands Recreation club with Steel City cmc for November 2013

October 31st, 2013

Sunday 3rd of November 5pm with Hannah and Georgia two of the most exciting new country stars. They appear regularly as The Apprentices.

Tuesday 5th Melbourne Cup day Let your hair down have a great day. No club night as owing to early start the club closes at 8pm.

Sunday 10th of November. Ken, Jo and the Footloose gang will be entertaining from 5pm. Let’s hope many of our members come along and support Footloose they not only supply great entertainment but are wonderful supporters to our club.

Tuesday 12th of November. The boys are back Brumby’s run after their tour around the Mudgee are will be good to catch up once more.

Sunday 17th of November 5pm. Special CD release of ‘Men of Steel’ album. Be nice to see a few x-BHP workers come along $5 from each sale goes towards the memorial to be built by 2015. Supporting me on the day will be Two extra bits (Col and Chris) Sheri and Dave and Wayne Metcalf. Wayne will just make it back after and extended holiday.

Tuesday 19th of November 7pm With Footloose supplying another night of great music and equally great backing.

Sunday 24th of November 5pm with Peter Stephenson. Peter has that easy style of music makes for easy listening.

Tuesday 26th of November 7pm with The Barnsley boys a great way to end the month with Geoff and boys easy style of music.

Tuesday 3rd of December 7pm with Stoney Creek. It was good to have Robin back last time and looking forward in catching up with all the crew on the night.

Tuesday 10th if December 7pm Club’s Christmas party there will be no club band, but all are welcome to come along for our last night of the season. If you would like to be involved on the night could you contact Sheri or myself so we can put your name on the list. No name you will still be most welcome, but you may not get a sing on the night unless time permits.
You can dress up your table (prizes for best) come along dressed up ( another prize) or just be yourself. (sorry no prize)
Club will take a break and returns 4th of February dare I say it 2014.
On behalf of our committee have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and if you are heading to Tamworth hope to catch up with you.
Take care all my best Mel