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Sunday 8 July 2012, the last day of this year’s Toyota Hats Off to Country festival in Tamworth, saw the launch of the BIG T JAMBOREE – a special concert broadcast to the world via the Internet.
The Big T Jamboree got underway in the Country Music Capital from 6pm with the live one-hour broadcast taking place from 6:30 to 7:30pm from Enrec Studios in Calala (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
Artists included Paul Bonner-Jones, The Crosby Sisters, Amy Pain, Deanna Rose & Si and Sally-Anne Whitten & Alwyn Aurisch and a surprise guest or two.
After the initial launch event, it is planned to make the Big T Jamboree a monthly activity and even more frequently in the future.
Enrec boss Steve Newton said he was delighted to be able to finally get the “live to air” concert happening. “It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for some time now so I’m really happy we’re finally there!”
The Big T Jamboree has a number of very important historical references as well as being a project with a huge potential future for Tamworth and Australian country music.
It is intentionally named in line with an event known as the Big T Jubilee that went live to air on radio in the early days of the Country Music Capital promotion back in the 1960s.
The Jubilee was organised and promoted by the local radio station, 2TM, and went to air from the famous Hadley Studios run by Eric and Hilary Scott, the same studio, if not actually the same building, that Enrec now occupies.
“We also want to pay tribute to the late Gary Brown,” Steve said. “With the new technology of Internet live streaming, this was also an activity Gary pioneered just a few years ago. Unfortunately, the technology at the time was not up to the job.”
“We’ll be starting off slow,” Steve said, “with just a camera or two and only running for an hour live to air, but we will be increasing the production values as well as frequency of the activity as time progresses.”
For those not in the studio audience – the rest of the world! – the website to visit for future broadcasts is www.bigtjamboree.com