Capital News review 2015


In the April edition of COUNTRY MUSIC CAPITAL NEWS magazine, Lorraine Pfitzner reviewed Wayne’s latest CD, Songs of the Islands, Volume Two.


“Not only has Wayne donned a metaphorical (and real) loud Hawaiian shirt to record the album, at the time of writing he was sipping cocktails in Honolulu to mark its release.”


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April 4th 2015: Backstage in Wagga Wagga for the ‘I Remember You-oo’ show at the
‘Stone The Crows Festival’ for an enthusiastic audience of over 800 people.
(Photo by musical director GREG HOOPER)

15 Oct 2014: - During his recent trip to America, Wayne made a surprise appearance with The Horse Creek Band at Silver Dollar City.

15 Oct 2014: – During his recent trip to America, Wayne made a surprise appearance
with The Horse Creek Band at Silver Dollar City.

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2015 Australian Outback Music Tour
with Wayne Horsburgh

This tour, which starts and finishes in Melbourne, visits some of the most beautiful and historic places in Outback Australia, including Broken Hill and Innamincka, where we visit The Dig Tree (Burke and Wills expedition).
The tour also visits fascinating places like White Cliffs (an outback NSW opal mining settlement where we stay in an amazing underground motel) and Marree, in outback South Australia. We also spend 2 nights in the Flinders Ranges and one night in the beautiful Barossa Valley.

Tour dates: Thursday 23 April to Friday 8 May 2015

Be part of this wonderful tour for an experience you will never forget. Places like Tibooburra, Innamincka and Birdsville are the most iconic of remote Aussie outback towns. Join musicians Wayne Horsburgh, John Howie and Gill Delaney, plus a host of outback musicians, for a musical holiday with a difference.

• Transport by luxury coach
• Hotel and Motel Accommodation throughout
• Lots of musical highlights

Outstanding Itinerary: Visit these iconic towns and regions:

  • Mildura
  • Mungo National Park
  • Broken Hill
  • White Cliffs
  • Tibooburra
  • Innamincka
  • Birdsville
  • Marree
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Wilpena Pound
  • Barossa Valley
  • Adelaide


  • Fantastic Outback Scenery
  • Visit Mungo National Park’s Walls of China
  • Stay two nights at the famous Birdsville Hotel
  • Stay overnight in the famous Underground Dugout Motel in White Cliffs
  • Two nights in the Flinders Ranges staying at the Arkaroola Resort and the Wilpena Pound Resort
  • A feast of great music and bush poetry, including:
  • Corinna Cordwell (Mildura)
  • Broken Hill Civic Orchestra (or Barrier Industrial Unions’ Band)
  • Bush Poetry session (Birdsville)
  • John Howie & Gill Delaney providing music for Informal Dance (Birdsville)
  • Dave Prior (Marree);
  • Arthur Coulthard (Wilpena Pound)
  • Marananga Brass Band (Barossa Valley)
  • Folk/country/bluegrass band (Adelaide)

Tour dates: Thursday 23 April to Friday 8 May 2015

Click here to download the 2015 Australian Outback Music Tour brochure (PDF 1.4MB)
Click here to download booking form (PDF 300KB)

For detailed brochure/further information call Travelrite International Pty Ltd. Toll Free 1800 033 436
or John Howie (03) 9816 3648  Mobile 0409 409 528

2013 Gold Medallion Media Award


22 January 2014: While performing at Butler’s Auditorium during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, Wayne was surprised with the announcement that he had been awarded the Gold Medallion Media Award as ‘South East Male Vocalist of the Year’!


The Gold Medallion Media Awards recognize all Australian country recording artists, who were born in each of the respective states and territories and are judged by radio presenters and broadcasters throughout Australia. 


The finalists for the South East Male Vocalist Of The Year were John Williamson, Greg Champion and Wayne Horsburgh.



‘When Aussies Ruled Britannia‘ opening night in Sydney, Jan. 2014
L to R: Glenn A. Baker (rock historian), Nicki Gillis, Tracy Dann (co-producer), Frank Ifield, Keith Potger, Wayne Horsburgh


Fun on the road…not the real band! Frank Ifield on drums, Wayne on stand-up bass and Keith Potger on guitar.
(Photo by Bill Kezelos)


‘When Aussies Ruled Britannia‘ onstage in Tamworth, Jan. 2014
L to R: Nicki Gillis, Frank Ifield, Keith Potger, Wayne Horsburgh
(Photo by Greg Sylvia)


Wayne and Frank backstage at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Feb. 2014


‘When Aussies Ruled Britannia‘ team, February 2014
L to R: Bill Kezelos (drums), Greg Hooper (Keyboards/MD), Peter Toohey (bass), Nicki Gillis, Frank Ifield, Keith Potger, Mick Hamilton (guitar), Wayne Horsburgh. Kneeling, Tracy Dann (co-producer).


Wayne joins Frank Ifield and Keith Potger live on stage – Jan/Feb 2014

Lockhouse Productions is pleased to announce that Mr Frank Ifield will be returning to the stage in January 2014 in a new stage production called ‘When Aussies Ruled Britannia‘.

The show features Frank and fellow 60s superstar Keith Potger (The Seekers) presenting stories and songs from the era when they were top of the pop charts across the world. Included will be the stories behind all of Frank’s hits (sung by Wayne Horsburgh) and hits from The Seekers and The New Seekers (sung by Nicki Gillis and Keith himself).

17 January Dame Joan Sutherland PAC Penrith NSW
Box Office (02) 4723 7600(02) 4723 7600

20 January Capitol Theatre Tamworth NSW
Box Office (02) 6767 5300(02) 6767 5300

23 January Capitol Theatre Tamworth NSW
Box Office (02) 6767 5300(02) 6767 5300

24 January Q Theatre Queanbeyan NSW
Box Office (02) 6285 6290(02) 6285 6290

25 January Wollongong Town Hall NSW
Box Office 02) 4227 5088

29 January Westside Performing Arts Centre Mooroopna Vic
Box office (03) 5832 9511(03) 5832 9511

30 January Royal Theatre Castlemaine Vic
Box Office (03) 5412 1196(03) 5412 1196

1 February Drama Theatre (2 Shows) Geelong Vic
Box Office (03) 5225 1200(03) 5225 1200


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2014 Music Tour of America,
with Wayne Horsburgh

Join musicians Wayne Horsburgh and John Howie for a truly outstanding travel and music experience.

Tour dates: October 5th to October 29th 2014

Outstanding Australian entertainer, Wayne Horsburgh, is hosting this tour, with John and will bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this popular tour.

Wayne Horsburgh is one of Australia’s most successful international country music entertainers. Influenced by Slim Whitman & Frank Ifield, his style of yodelling is a real crowd pleaser. Originally from Benalla, Wayne moved to Sydney in 1979 to expand his music career and also tour the world. For 25 years Wayne has resided part of each year in the USA, sharing stages at Festivals and Fairs with some of country music’s biggest stars including Merle Haggard, The Statler Brothers and Mickey Gilley. Wayne has released 28 albums and won many music industry awards, including his elevation to the ‘Roll of Renown’ at the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival. Wayne is looking forward to sharing his passion for music with you, on the 2014 Music Tour of America.

The tour visits some of the most beautiful parts of the US, including historic New Orleans, the western Louisiana swamp country, near Baton Rouge, the Ozark Mountain region, near Branson, and the Great Smoky Mountains region, in eastern Tennessee. Also, a feast of wonderful music: country, jazz, blues, cajun, bluegrass and gospel. Attend outstanding live shows including the Grand Ole Opry and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede.

For a full itinerary and list of highlightsdownload the 2014 brochure


  • Los Angeles
  • Las Vegas
  • New Orleans
  • Baton Rouge
  • Memphis
  • Branson
  • Nashville
  • Pigeon Forge
  • Roanoke
  • Washington D.C.
  • Allentown
  • New York

Plus optional New York extension tour

“Best tour I’ve ever been on. If you enjoy country or blues music – you will love it.” – Geoff (member of the 2010 tour)

Tour dates: 25 Day Tour – Oct. 5th – Oct. 29th 2014

This tour is SOLD OUT! For future brochures/further information call Travelrite International Pty Ltd. Toll Free 1800 033 436 or John Howie (03) 9816 3648  Mobile 0409 409 528


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At the Leeton Country Music Festival, Nov 2013: Brian Letton, Tom Maxwell, Rodney Vincent and Wayne

Wayne and Paul

Wayne was live in the studio for the full three hour broadcast of
“Paul Hazell’s World Of Country”
on Sunday 1st September 2013.

Featuring Wayne and many special guests, the show can now be heard again on demand…CLICK HERE

Listen to Uckfield FM on 105 FM – or live around the world via their website:

Paul and Wayne


Wed. 3rd July, 2013 at Tamworth Southside Uniting Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW. Wayne Horsburgh and the Howie Brothers Band kicked off the mid-year ‘Hats Off To Country’ festival.

Wayne is pictured with Robert Edge (left) and Graeme Howie (right).


Photos by Pat Timmins.


with Robert and Graeme

Wayne's Rock!


At the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival, WAYNE HORSBURGH
was inducted to the Australian Country Music Roll of Renown,
Australian country music’s highest honour.

For photos of the announcement and the unveiling of the plaque,
click here… 

For other Tamworth photos, scroll down this page…


A Salute To Slim Whitman CD cover


From the U.K. – Paul Hazell’s “World Of Country” on Uckfield FM broadcast a tribute to the legendary Slim Whitman on Sunday, 23rd June 2013. You can hear the entire show again on demand by clicking HERE.


Paul spoke to Wayne by telephone and their chat can be heard about 18 minutes into the special. Paul also played ‘Bandera Waltz’ from Wayne’s CD ‘A Salute To Slim Whitman’.




22 Gospel Greats CD cover

June 2013 – New CD compilation Release:


It brings back many happy memories for me as I share these songs that
I performed so often in that old Swanpool church.

These 22 Gospel songs are taken from my ‘Old Country Church’ album that I recorded in Sydney in 1999, along with my ‘Songs Of Praise’ recordings from Missouri, USA in 2009. I have also included ‘A Christmas Prayer’ from my 2003 ‘An Aussie Ozark Christmas’ CD as a bonus track.



 WAYNE HORSBURGH and GEOFF MACK with their MO Awards





28th May 2013:

At the 37th Australian Entertainment
‘MO’ Awards in Sydney,
Wayne Horsburgh was named as
“The Slim Dusty Country Act of the Year“.


Wayne is pictured left, with this year’s inductee to the ‘MO’ Hall of Fame, long-time friend
GEOFF MACK (entertainer and writer of
“I’ve Been Everywhere”).




Photo by Bob Howe



40 Cowboy Songs - CD cover
May 2013 – New CD Release:



40 favourite Cowboy songs by
The Howie Bros with special guest
Wayne Horsburgh


Available now at Wayne’s shows and on his forthcoming tour with the Howie Bros. Band.

(see Wayne’s Gig Guide for dates)



Wayne Horsburgh, Frank Ifield, and Jim Haynes10 May 2013 at Wests Cardiff: A great show by The Three Caballeros,
Wayne Horsburgh, Frank Ifield, and Jim Haynes

The latest issue (Feb/March 2013) of Country Music CAPITAL NEWS magazine contains a two page illustrated feature written by ANNA ROSE
on the much travelled WAYNE HORSBURGH. Available in Australia now at your newsagents. Click on the image to read the story…

Capital News article 2013

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visit these historic
and beautiful locations:

  • Edinburgh
  • Inverness
  • Orkney Islands
  • Ullapool
  • Isle of Skye
  • Oban
  • Glasgow

Music Tour of Scotland & Ireland 2013

With Wayne Horsburgh

The sights of Scotland & Ireland by day,
The Music of Scotland & Ireland by night!

Including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Tour dates: August 6th to August 31st 2013

Wayne Horsburgh is one of Australia’s most successful international country music entertainers. He has a fabulous voice and his Slim Whitman style of yodelling is a real crowd pleaser. Originally from Benalla, Victoria, Wayne has been based in Sydney for many years.

Join Wayne Horsburgh and John Howie on this fabulous music tour of Scotland and Ireland. 11 nights in Scotland and 11 nights in Ireland. John has been leading successful annual music tours of Scotland and Ireland since 1995. BOOK TODAY!

Download the Brochure (1.4MB PDF) Download the Booking Form (300KB PDF)

If you wish to have a copy of the brochure mailed to you or if you have any queries please contact Travelrite on
Ph: (03) 9729 8722 , or Toll Free on 1800 033 436,
or fax on (03) 9729 0682 or E-mail.

Book Early to avoid disappointment!

More info:

Plus optional extension tour to London

All in all, this year’s Scotland/Ireland tour will be a beauty!

Ireland -visit these historic
and beautiful locations:

  • Belfast
  • Derry
  • Donegal Town
  • Galway
  • Killarney
  • Cork
  • Dublin

Wayne receives his plaque

Wayne receives his bronze plaque for Roll Of Renown, Tamworth 2013

2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival

NEWSFLASH: 19 January 2013
This afternoon the 42nd inductee to the Australian Country Music Roll of Renown was announced at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Ladies and Gentlemen….WAYNE HORSBURGH !!

A commemorative compilation has been released by the Australian Country Music Foundation and is currently available at Wayne’s appearances. It will be available in Australia by mail order from this website.

Pictured below: Wayne at the unveiling of his plaque at the Roll Of Renown outside the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 23rd January 2013.
at the unveiling...

Wayne Horsburgh elevated to Australian country music’s highest honour.               

Wayne joins (in order of elevation) Tex Morton, Buddy Williams, Smoky Dawson, Slim Dusty, Shirley Thoms, Tim McNamara, Gordon Parsons, The McKean Sisters, Reg Lindsay, Rick & Thel Carey, Johnny Ashcroft, Chad Morgan, John Minson, The Hawking Brothers, Stan Coster, Barry Thornton, Nev Nicholls, Shorty Ranger, Jimmy Little, Ted Egan, Dusty Rankin, John Williamson, Rocky Page, Brian Young, Rex Dallas, Arthur Blanch, The Schneider Sisters, Frank Ifield, Kenny Kitching, The Webb Brothers, Athol McCoy, The Singing Kettles, Reg Poole, Lindsay Butler, Kevin King, Geoff Mack, Jean Stafford, Slim Newton, Anne Kirkpatrick, Phil & Tommy Emmanuel and Terry Gordon on the ‘Roll Of Renown’. More photos are here… 

Frank and Wayne

Frank Ifield congratulates Wayne. Frank was inducted in 2003 and his plaque is mounted on the same rock as Wayne’s award!

Haynes and Horsburgh

Jim Haynes and Wayne at the 2013 Australian Bush Laureate Awards, singing their duet
Don’t Fence Me In / Home Among The Gumtrees
(Photo by Athol Latham)

Dee, Wayne and Clem

Wayne and Deniese Morrison congratulate noted broadcaster and friend, Alan Clement, who was honoured at the 2013 Festival by being inducted into the Australian Country Music Hands Of Fame
(Photo by Athol Latham)

finale of the show

22 January 2013: The finale of the WAYNE HORSBURGH & GRAHAM RODGER concert, at the Tamworth Community Centre.
Pictured above, L to R:
Gary Boyle, Wayne Horsburgh, Glen Albrecht, Graham Rodger, Bob Howe.
(Photo courtesy of Robyn McIntosh)

Wayne and car

Wayne prepares to join the Toyota Country Music Cavalcade


The Waynemobile!

The crowd

The crowd lines Peel Street to watch the Cavalcade


Christmas Card 2012
A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Wayne

I wish you all the best for the Festive Season and hope that 2013 will be a great year for you and your family.   This is the time of the year that we enjoy being with friends and family.

The year seems to have gone so fast and I have only recently returned from a November tour with the ‘Howie Brothers Band’ touring throughout Victoria and New South Wales and over into South Australia, including Kangaroo Island.  

2013 is shaping up to be a very busy year for me.  The Tamworth Country Music Festival in January is one of the biggest Festivals in Australia.   I have been performing at Tamworth almost every year, since 1978.

I will visit New Zealand in March, performing at the Hokonui Country Music Festival at Gore, way down on the bottom of the South Island.

I return to Scotland and Ireland in August with John Howie and Travelrite International, as we explore the wonderful sights of Scotland and the ’40 Shades of Green’ of Ireland.   The tour in 2012 was so successful that we have a waiting list for our tour in 2013.   I look forward to performing for our tour group in many venues throughout these beautiful countries.   Book now, it will be the trip of a lifetime.

Have a wonderful Christmas and my best wishes for the new year,

Kindest Regards,



On 19th August 2012, Wayne flew to Edinburgh, Scotland with 50 fellow Aussies for a 25 day Music Tour of Scotland & Ireland.  With tour manager John Howie, it was a busy schedule visiting historic places throughout both countries and enjoying local music and entertainment by night.    Wayne was delighted to be able to see the ruins of the ‘Horsburgh Castle’ near Peebles and also visit the ‘White Hart Inn’ in Edinburgh, to catch up on a bit of family history.  The Edinburgh Military Tattoo was a major  highlight with music from all over the world.  Wayne performed in many venues during the tour, including a ‘special guest spot’ on “Trad On The Prom” Irish Riverdance type show in Galway, Ireland.   Wayne will be doing the same tour departing August 6th 2013, so why not come along and join him and John Howie, through Travelrite International Tours and have a great time.
Check out lots more photos…CLICK HERE

Piper in ScotlandA Glass of Guinness in Ireland


15 Feb. 2012: At the ‘MO’ Nominations party, the announcement was made that Wayne was one of the finalists for The Slim Dusty Country Act of the Year category of the 36th Australian Entertainment ‘MO’ Awards!! The Award winners will be announced on Tuesday 29th May 2012 at the Bankstown Sports Club.

While performing a song on the nomination night, Wayne was joined on stage by the legendary Mary Schneider for a spot of impromptu harmony yodelling!

Wayne is pictured below at the party with showbiz stars
(left) Helen Zerefos and (right) Male Performer nominee, Stephen Fisher-King.
Photos courtesy of Glenn Ware, Toni Venditti and The MO Awards




23rd Jan. 2012: Wayne was honoured to be a 2012 Inductee for the

Australian Country Music WALL OF HONOUR at LBS Studios in Tamworth.


The wall is “dedicated to Australian Country Music Artists, making an important contribution to our Professional Recording Industry”.









Music Tour of Scotland & Ireland 2012 With Wayne Horsburgh

The sights of Scotland & Ireland by day – The Music of Scotland & Ireland by night!

Tour dates: August 19th to September 13th 2012

Wayne Horsburgh is one of Australia’s most successful international country music entertainers. He has a fabulous voice and his Slim Whitman style of yodelling is a real crowd pleaser. Originally from Benalla, Victoria, Wayne has been based in Sydney for many years.

See spectacular ruins and wonderful scenery in a truly historic part of the world, and enjoy the music with your host Wayne Horsburgh. This will be a memorable trip. BOOK TODAY!

If you have any queries please contact Travelrite on Ph: (03) 9729 8722(03) 9729 8722, or Toll Free on 1800 033 4361800 033 436. The fax number is (03) 9729 0682.

Download the Brochure (PDF)     Download the Booking Form(PDF)

For brochure or further information call Travelrite International Pty Ltd or
John Howie: (03) 9816 3648(03) 9816 3648. Mobile: 0409 409 5280409 409 528, Email:

Book Early to avoid disappointment!

More info:

2011: On June 11th, (Wayne’s birthday), Wayne was inducted into the

Country Music Hall Of Fame at Barmera, South Australia during the

33rd Annual SA Country Music Festival & Awards weekend.

Left: Wayne leaves his handprint…

Below: Wayne at the Big Guitar!

Photo’s by kind permission of Robyn McIntosh.

WAYNE has been on a mini-tour with GREG HOOPER (below left) and BOB HOWE. The trio played to packed houses in Goulburn, Wagga Wagga and Queanbeyan. Thanks to Bev Price for taking this photo at the Wagga Wagga Country Music Club Festival!

Greg Hooper, Wayne Horsburgh, Bob Howe


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