West Moreton Country Music Assoc Inc
1966 The club formed as the ‘Australian Country and Western Club’. Changed its name to ‘Australian Country Music Club’. Records for that period have been lost.
1969 The club affiliated with the Australian Country Music Association and became the West Moreton Branch of the ACMA.
1970 The club promoted a show at the Ipswich Town Hall featuring Gordon Parsons who had donated his services.
1971 The Club terminated its affiliation with the ACMA.
13/10/1971 West Moreton Country Music Club was formed and the office bearers were Ken Lawrance (President), Sel Munt and Gary Graham (Vice-presidents), Graham Burrows (Secretary) and Evelyn Hart (Treasurer). Meetings and rehearsals were held in the old Ipswich Trades Hall.
1974 A significant year because it was the year Sel Munt took over the Presidency.
1975 "West Moreton Country Volume 1" was recorded in the De-Albo Music Studios and engineered by Vic England. The vinyl record had its release in the Ipswich Civic Hall on the 9th March 1977.
1978 "West Moreton Country Volume 2" was recorded in the De-Albo Music Studios and engineered by Vic England. The record had its release in the St Mary’s Hall, Ipswich.
1984 The club started holding a ‘Country Music Sunday’ in May which was a day of music and family fun activities. These were held at the Mt Crosby Showgrounds. There were Guest Artists performing along with club members, Broom and Horse Shoe throwing competitions and Hay rides for the kids.
1985 The Club became an Association.
1988 The Competition format was introduced and the first West Moreton Country Music Festival was held.
1989 The Club became Incorporated.
1990 The May the West Moreton Country Music Festival moved to Rosewood Showgrounds. The reasons were that the Hall could be used as an alternative wet weather venue and permanent power meant that generators or temporary connections weren’t needed.
1991 The Club had its 25 year celebration and commemorated the occasion by recording and releasing the "Silver Anniversary" Cassette. David Lawrance did the recording in his home studio.
2001 Sel Munt resigned as President after 26 years at the helm.
2002 The West Moreton Country Music Festival moved to the Ipswich Showgrounds Arena.
2006 In November 2006 when the West Moreton Country Music Association will not only celebrate their 40th anniversary but also release a 21 Track CD which has been produced, recorded, performed and written by the club members themselves.
40th Anniversary CD
The Club has held monthly Socials at several venues in Ipswich over the last 40 years. At these, the performing members get to appear along with guest artists. Many up and coming artists have appeared at the socials. (Brendon Walmsley, Michael King, Steven Taylor, Michael O’Rourke, Samson James and that’s just a few.)
Venues included:- Ipswich Workers Club, Ipswich Golf Club, Brigg’s Road Sports Centre, Pulse Centre and now at the Ipswich Show Society's "Showplace Reception Centre".
We have also provided the entertainment at fund raising concerts in the rural areas to the west of Ipswich as well as in the Ipswich metro area.
Members also perform at local Aged Care facilities and Churches.
Over the years, shows featuring big name artists have been presented. Gordon Parsons, Lucky Starr with Mick Hamilton as support guitarist. Maria Dallas, Ricky and Tammy Ozipencho, and The Webb Brothers on several occasions.