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!