Country Music

ICAN Country Cruise 2013

In April this year we attended our first Independent Country Artist Network (ICAN) Cruise on the beautiful Sydney Harbour.  The cruises are an annual event organised by Nat Wyborn who greeted us all at Darling Harbour in her bikini. 

Weatherwise we couldn’t have asked for a better day to spend on the harbour which probably explained Nat’s decision to wear a bikini.  The cruise was about about 4 hours and it is a great opportunity to mingle with the performers for the day, other country music fans and photographers (there were quite a few on the cruise!)

The performers on the cruise were Jeremy Edwards, Chris E Thomas and Golden Guitar Winner, Luke O’Shea.

With artists of this calibre it was no wonder that the cruise sold out – $50 for four hours of entertainment with finger food included.

The first artist to perform was Jeremy Edwards and I must admit that prior to the cruise I had not heard of any of his music, needless to say that after hearing him perform I took advantage of the merchandise on sale by the artists and purchased his latest CD Russian Doll.

Jeremy Edwards – Photo © Malcolm Katon


Jeremy’s vocals were complimented by the vocal talents of Julieanne Henry

Julieanne Henry – Photo © Malcolm Katon

Did I mention that there were a lot of photographers on the cruise??

Mark Turnbull – Photo © Malcolm Katon

Al Slade – Photo © Malcolm Katon

Mark & Al were only two of the many and as you can see everyone had a great time.



The next artist on the stage was the very talented Chris E Thomas.  If you like great music then make sure that you listen to some of her CD’s, her latest Monkey Off My Back is a great listen!

Chris E Thomas – Photo © Malcolm Katon


It’s not easy to perform on stage as the boat rocks but everyone managed to cope quite well.

Luke O’Shea is someone that I could listen to all day as his songs tell a story.  He didn’t disappoint during his performance on the cruise and he always seems to have so much fun entertaining the crowds.

Luke O’Shea – Photo © Malcolm Katon


The singers can’t do everything and they were ably assisted by the very talented Clare O’Meara and Doug Weaver.

Clare O’Meara – Photo © Malcolm Katon

With everyone having so much fun the cruise seemed to end too quickly but there is always next year!!

Finale – Photo © Malcolm Katon

Here is a photo to show you how much fun everyone did have on the cruise

The Country Fans – Photo © Malcolm Katon


If you would like to attend future cruises the easiest way is to like the ICAN page on Facebook or contact Nat on facebook.

See you next year!

CMC Rocks the Hunter 2013 Part 4

With the festival drawing to a close the fans were getting excited for the final acts.  Glen and Kaylee Harrison were performing next as Kaylens Rain.  They are a young and energetic duo and I have been lucky enough to watch their progress and development into a very professional and entertaining act.  The debut album “Found” is a tribute to their hard work.

Kaylee Harrison of Kaylens Rain


Glen Harrison of Kaylens Rain


Corb Lund from Canada was another artist who I not taken much notice of before the festival but it was easy to see why he was brought all the way out from Canada for the festival – he seemed to be enjoying his time in Australia too.

Corb Lund

I hard heard Harry Hookey‘s name a few times but didn’t know who he was until seeing him at the festival.  He was one of the crowd favourites, particularly with the younger females.  Audrey’s song was one that I really enjoyed and have listened too many times since seeing him perform.

Harry Hookey

Next up were The Band Perry and they were one of my favourites acts of the festival.  They are another energetic young band from the USA comprised of brothers Neil and Reid and their sister Kimberly. I read somewhere that their father had told them not to have a back-up plan and to concentrate on their music.  He felt that if they had a back-up plan they would not put as much into your music.  Having see them perform and having listened to their albums numerous times I am convinced that the advice was right.

The Band Perry

The next act was Mark Wells and I thought to myself at the time that he had a difficult job performing between The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts but I needn’t have been concerned as he put on an awesome performance.  He was also joined on stage by Bob Corbett.

Mark Wells

The headline act, Rascal Flatts, were next.  The crowd had been building up all day and I am sure that everyone at Hope Estate were now standing in front of the stage.  The crowd loved them and seemed to know every song too!

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

Rascal Flatts

In my opinion the CMC Rocks the Hunter 2013 was a success and the artists chosen to perform over the weekend were fantastic.  It was a great opportunity to see and hear some new artists perform live.  Looking forward to CMC Rocks the Hunter 2014!!

The festival would not have been possible without Chugg Entertainment, Robb Potts Entertainment Edge, Foxtel, CMC Country Music and the Hope Estate.

Keep up to date with future festivals via the CMC Country Music Festival website