Credits - Details
In 1988 Don Morrison won
the Country Music section of the National Australian
Contest with his song “ Up The Putty Road”
which offers a humorous look at
travelling to the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
year 1988, Don was
also a Grand Finalist in the “Tamworth Starmaker Quest”.
he won the
Tamworth Songwriters Association’s “New Songwriter Award” which
can only be won
once by any writer and only within 4 years of that person being first
nationally published. It is judged on the collected works published in
years which in Don's case included songs recorded by Owen
Blundell - "The Rambler" and "How Do You Make Love
Last" which reached number 5 on the radio top 10 that year and "If
Wishes Were Diamonds" recorded by Evelyn Bury on the album that won her
a Gold Guitar for "Best Female Vocal".
1989 and 1992 Don
was placed First in the Tamworth Songwriters Association’s
This is run in
conjunction with the annual Tamworth Country
Music Festival and winners
invited to perform in the official Songwriters Concert
the following year. This is
highly sought after award usually attracting 400 or more entries. Don
has appeared on the Songwriters Concert 4 times through the years.
both 1989 and 1990 Don’s
original songs gained First placings in the “Grenfell Henry
Lawson Festival of
the Arts” annual song competition.
Don gained second
place in the Country Music section of Australia’s only International
Awards, “The Paters” conducted by the Australian
Academy of Broadcasting Arts
In the New
Guitar Awards, (Songwriting section) Don’s songs have been
placed 2nd twice as
well as being a finalist on 4 other occasions.
many other awards
and distinctions Don’s songs have been recorded by a list of fine
including, John Williamson, Evelyn Bury, Owen Blundell, Glen
Jones and others.
For many years he has run a
small professional quality recording studio. As
well as producing saleable product for numerous independent
artists this has been a
development studio for original songs written by
himself and other Australian
songwriters about 30 of which have gone on to be published. The major
work of the studio has been in producing song backing tracks that Don
has used for his performances since 1993.
member of the Tamworth
Songwriters Association Don has been active in one position
or another for over 20 years, having served on the committee, produced
the newsletters and the TSA collumn in Capital News
years, has been and still is the NSW state co-ordinator
for many years and has also been a judge for the
National Song Contest every year through that time with 3
8 years he was the resident Singer/Bush Balladeer and part-time
"Swaggie'" at the Australiana Pioneer Village in Wilberforce NSW. The
village is built around the famous, "Rose Cottage" the oldest remaining
timber house that has stood on the same location since 1811.
this time he also played the part of the school teacher in the historic
"Marsden Park" school building. Don found this a very rewarding
experience as it allowed him a chance to further the interest in
Australian history of children's groups from all over Sydney/NSW and
coach loads of tourists who visited the village. The 30 minute
"lessons" were aimed at being entertainment but contained a lot of
genuine history that people would not usually encounter except through
a visit to such a theme park as the Pioneer Village.
Through the years Don has
performed at many licensed clubs in Sydney including most of the major ones, as well as
a huge list of hotels and
other venues from Cairns to Melbourne, Broken Hill, Brisbane,
Twoowomba, Tamworth the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, the
Atherton Tablelands, the Gulf of Carpentaria and numerous stops in
forming his first band, "The Sunseekers" while at high-school in Cairns
he has delivered many thousands of performances in hundreds of
Don lives in Richmond on
the beautiful Hawkesbury River with his wife Deidre who is a
teacher and an accomplished painter. Her paintings are hung in many galleries in Australia and overseas and also feature on the
covers of two
of Don's 4 CD albums which are available at his performances as well as the sales page on this site.
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With the "New Songwriter Award" Perpetual Trophy which has his name on
one of the attached shields. A smaller version of this trophy is given
to the winner each year while this one remains with the Tamworth
Songwriters Association in Tamworth.