HILLBILLY HEAVEN - nominees in the SLIM DUSTY COUNTRY GROUP category of the
32nd, 33rd & 34th Australian Entertainment 'MO' Awards, plus the
COUNTRY GROUP/BAND category of the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th
AUSTRALIAN CLUB ENTERTAINMENT (A.C.E.) AWARDS
The HILLBILLY HEAVEN Band (2019 Deluxe Edition) - L to R: KENNY KITCHING (dobro), TERRY PHILLPOT (drums),
GEORGE WASHINGMACHINE (fiddle, vocals), NICKI GILLIS (vocals, guitar, mandolin), TOMI GRASO (pedal steel guitar),
BOB HOWE (guitar, harmonica, vocals, musical director), CLARE O'MEARA (fiddle, vocals), ALLAN TOMKINS (bass, vocals)
All-Star Country Music Band
Augmenting the band is 2018 CMAA Musician of the Year, CLARE O'MEARA on fiddle and vocals. Clare is so much in demand, we share her with The Bushwackers, John Williamson, The Western Distributors, Brian Cadd and many more! Also to be often found joining the ranks are the legendary Country Music Roll of Renown inductee KENNY KITCHING who adds his 7-string dobro to the band, and the infamous GEORGE WASHINGMACHINE on fiddle and rousing vocals. On special nights, you might catch Clare and George treating us to the authentic Western Swing sound of twin fiddles!
The earliest documented version of the band was in 1990, but the current line-up was hand-picked to be the 'House Band' for the monthly Canterbury Country shows, produced in Sydney by Bob Howe from the year 2000 to the present day. The band has also toured with many guest singers and were the accompanying band for the first two years of the prestigious Telstra Road To Tamworth finals in Tamworth which included 2004 winner Jessica Mauboy, 2005 winner Aleyce Simmons and finalist Morgan Evans. At the 2009 & 2010 Tamworth Country Music Festival, HILLBILLY HEAVEN performed Honky Tonk Nights at the Family Hotel with Bryen Willems and the Tomkins Late Night Honky Tonk at Wests in 2013. HILLBILLY HEAVEN has also been a favourite featured band at the Brisbane Water Oyster Festival.
All the members of HILLBILLY HEAVEN have a distinguished pedigree in the realm of Australian Country Music. Together, they bring a wealth of experience to each and every show. Heaven, Country style!
Tomi, Nicki, Terry, Allan and Bob at the 2019 Brisbane Water Oyster Festival at Ettalong Beach