Reg Poole has taken away the Song Maker of the Year award at the annual Tamworth Country Music festival.February 19, 2014 4:50am
Reg Poole with the award that has eluded him for years - the prestigious Song Maker of the Year award.
Kyabram country singer-song writer Reg Poole has claimed the only award he had not previously won at the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival.
At the festival, Reg took the Song Maker of the Year award, an honour that eluded him for years at Tamworth, but one he admitted he always wanted to win.
Reg said at the weekend he had almost given up hope of earning the award.
The 33rd Roll Of Renown recipient — the highest honour awarded at Tamworth— three Gold Guitars and an OAM for his contribution to Australian country music for nearly 40 years in the industry, Reg thought time was running out to win his latest award.
‘‘Greg Champion and Col Buchanan were among the nominees for this award, so to win it was pretty special,’’ Reg said.
Reg estimated he had recorded about 50 country songs he wrote.
While the judges singled out three of them — The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame, For The Love of My Country and I Love The Rodeo — as a big influence in their decision in naming Reg as the winner of the prestigious award, he believed some other numbers he wrote and sang gave him just as much personal satisfaction.
An advocate and stalwart of Australian country music and not the United States influence that has been invading the Australian country scene for some time, Reg’s latest accolade will be recognised with a special plague among the nation’s country music best at Tamworth.
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They claimed the best duo award at the annual festival.
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