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Jackie McKean set to sing at Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in June

Cobram woman will return to hometown in Amesbury for once-in-a-lifetime performance for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee

May 23, 2012 5:00am

Cobram singer Jackie Lee McKean has been invited to perform the opening act at the Amesbury Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert next month.

British-born Jackie will share the stage with artists including Mike Berry and The Outlaws and Alan Jones of Shadows fame.

Jackie grew up in a musical family at Amesbury in England and has been singing on stage since she was 11 years old, when she made her first performance with the Wiltshire Wombats.

They won their first talent quest and never looked back.

‘‘I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the UK and perform the first 45 minutes of the open-air concert in my home town,’’ Jackie said.

She was the lead singer in a number of country music bands in London and southern England which were often the support bands for acts such as Eric Burden and The Animals, Tom Jones, Eddie Arnold, Hank Locklin, Los Bravos, and The Troggs.

World-renowned guitarist Albert Lee regularly joined the country band on stage in London.

During this time Jackie also recorded with Decca records.

She moved to Australia in 1983 and continued her music career by forming or joining bands in Tasmania and Queensland, and for the past 21 years has been based in Cobram.

Jackie has recently retired after working for many years with adults with disabilities at Cobram Gateway Services, and has since been involved with music performances for young children in local schools and at the other end of the age scale has been entertaining in local aged care facilities.

On her return from England in July, Jackie has some local music bookings before she will head off on a five-week music tour around Australia with her husband Doug McKean.

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