OCTOBER NOW-2020 NEARLY OVER!

Wow! it will be Xmas soon- dare I say it- this year from hell-is nearly over. I trust you are all doing well-I know a lot of you are out & about in your mobile homes-Caravans-& I hope you are enjoying it all. Wish I was out there with you- but still getting back from knee surgery- and watering everything at present! the good Lord will not bring us rain!  but hoping for some soon ! I've been doing a lot of gardening- planting stuff- but mostly watering!  MY NEW PUP-GINGER! she is a handful as most pups are-but well worth it- a quick learner- very sharp & will be a great watch dog! George has been good really- he is still our best boy! But Ginger has already met (the Clydesdale filly) and goes everywhere with me on the place! Travel safe folks- and enjoy your Campfires!  Luv Norma xxx

STUDIO NEWS FOR 2021?

Well not sure if I have any- hoping to get into the studio soon though to record some new tracks I've co written with (Kelly Dixon) and some more originals of my own. Once again I have come full circle- going back to Country-Rodeo-just to compliment my early albums- my early songs- for my RODEO COLLECTION-to be released during 2021 now. On BONY MOUNTAIN RADIO- do tune in from Monday Oct 26th- I am making a series of programs -featuring my own music beginning from the beginning!  Rodeo Queen -my first album- talking about the stories-the inspiration- and just doing this from the historical- perspective- guess I am no Spring chicken (as they say) and it has been mentioned and requested by some of you -but it has given me the idea now ,  so going to run with it!  To tune in go to- www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com  and follow Radio Links!  

Luv Norma xxx  PS  new email- normaoharamurphy@gmail.com   

 

  • MELODY-OUR RESIDENT CLYDESDALE

    MELODY- OUR RESIDENT CLYDESDALE & BELLA & ALICE- SHE IS ONLY A BABY NOW- BUT LATER ON SHE CAN HELP ME WITH JOBS AROUND THE SITE.

  • FESTIVAL GARDENS

    OUR FESTIVAL GARDENS- BIG THANKS TO SUE- WHO DONATED & PLANTED ALL THESE GORGEOUS BROMELIADS! THEY ARE QUITE SPECTACULAR!

  • BURNING OFF IN JULY.

    BIG THANKS TO PRATTEN FIRE BRIGADE -WHO CAME AND BURNT OFF SEVERAL BIG STACKS -HAS CLEANED UP THE SITE VERY NICELY-

BURNING OFF- & MORE NEWS

Well after so long not being able to burn off on our Festival site- Pratten Fire Brigade-to the rescue- they had a training day- photos- and we got rid of some big piles of rubbish still a few more to burn -but such a relief we have had beautiful rain- so perfect time. Also have purchased a gorgeous Clydesdale filly in September  (8 months) Melody - such a sweetie- my Grand kids think she is great! When she is older she can help me with some landscaping- jobs around the place.  MELODY - with Bella & Alice- part of the Bony Mountain team. 

BONY MOUNTAIN BIGGER & BETTER IN 2021

As you can all imagine- all this Covid 19- has finally made us come to realise there is just too much uncertainty- with Border jumpers- people not doing the right thing! it has become a proper circus! so glad we live where we live- feel sad for Victoria -have a lot of family down there! Anyway stay well- stay safe- I am recovering from knee surgery- so quite glad of the break- the Festival is a big job -as much as I love it- it gives us time to prepare for a super turnout for 2021-Festival gardens are coming on- (photo on right) everything is lovely & green- so we now have twelve months to prepare for our next Festival- go to www.bonymountainfolkfestival.com 

OUR FABULOUS UKULELE GROUP LAST YEAR-WITH MICK!

OUR FESTIVAL- JOBS-AND OUR GARDENS

We did have two construction projects this year- our Ukulele Shack- Mick has grown out of sitting on the log? he had over 20 students last year!  And we are hoping for a Fairy Castle/Cubby House for the Kids play area. Sadly our Volunteers group & Builder were coming from Victoria- so they could not come!  we are evolving every year- gathering more momentum as we go but this year has set us back a bit. Our Festival (Fairy Forest) looks amazing !  big thank you to Sue- what a champion- hundreds of gorgeous plants- Broliliads!  Have started gardens at the Festival site-quite a few Grevilias- natives- some tall river grasses- and lawns are well established now- -all is green now-so onward & upward! Some gorgeous purple Iris- I was given-are flowering! This is a gorgeous pink Azalea -they were in pots-flowering for our first Festival-looked amazing! but then they died? bit sad-thought they were hardy- maybe I'll try again ! but have stuck to natives so far-

MY RODEO COLLECTION -COMING SOON

My big release for 2021- (delayed now due to Border closures) ?  now  is going back to Country in a big way- revisiting a lot of my classic old Rodeo Songs & ballads- written back when I was in the heart of it all- trying my hand at Campdrafting- mixing with some of the finest-Horsemen & women. Lucky enough to meet them-hear their stories-and share this with you! I wrote about RM Williams-after meeting RM and reading his book-  with a simple song (RM) I met the legend/the man- Stumpy- Stumpy Timmins-  won my first TSA Award with Stumpy.  -watched the Legendary Graeme Bagero- (Rodeo Clown). and marvelled at his skills as a clown. And of course I include some Campdraft songs -because the drafting goes hand in hand with the Rodeo events. Those years chasing the Campdrafting were amazing times-when I look back I feel very privaliged to have met some of our greatest Heroes & Legends.   Launching (volume one) next year sometime-  COVER shown 

NORMA SITTING ON (MEGA) AT THE PEEL STREET CONCERTS- TAMWORTH 2000- photo June Underwood- Yes it is a real Brahman bull! 

  • PETER SMOKIE DAWSON

    Peter will join us for 2021- a very talented performer-with a nice easy style-tells a good yarn- sings a good song!
    ON ALL WEEKEND

  • OUR LEGEND AWARD

    Chad ,was our first Legend Award winner- and some very worthy winners over the last ten years- this year another wonderful winner- for 2020

  • ERROL GRAY

    Our funny bloke-we start every day with a good laugh here at (The Mountain) Errol has a bag full of funny songs- and is your pretty typical Aussie bloke!
    ON ALL WEEKEND

SOME OF OUR ARTISTS-

Norma -onstage ten years ago- for the very first Bony Mountain Festival back in 2011. It was a dream come true-for the Singer/Songwriter and fullfilled a lifetime ambition to create an all Aussie Festival in the bush-and invite everyone to come and share the experience- creating the wonderful sense of being right in the heart of the bush & soaking up all this wonderful home grown music . Guess it is much more than that really-with Bluegrass-Folk-some American country-Celtic music-Celtic Dancing-Pipes-Drums- Ukulele Band- And Celebrating some great Aussie Songwriters! But this our next Festival in 2021- our tenth one- certainly will be a reason to celebrate as we come out of all the horrors of the last year or so- Drought-Bushfires & now this Corona virus! but we are in the clear (almost) in Qld and most other states. 

 

Warwick Pipe Thistle Band marching in at our Bony Mountain Festival! our seventh Festival & one of our best yet!