Gumleaf notes

How y’going folks

Time is going so quickly. I didn’t realise how long it’s been since I wrote. The Golden Guitar at the Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth in January for ‘Please Don’t Forget Me’, off my new Butcherbird album, was a complete surprise. I probably appreciated it more than most of my awards as I would not have imagined I’d still be in the game, let alone be getting a Golden Guitar (my 27th) for it. (And Old Man Emu still goes off. Aren’t I lucky?)

At the Golden Guitar Awards with my 27th Golden Guitar.

I’ve recently taken the cattle off the property at Springbrook and now I can do so much more to create a park of it all. The John Deere dealership at Beaudesert are really pleased that I just bought a small tractor to slash, clean up and create ground for macadamias, avocadoes and more. I also want to encourage trees that have been trying to get out of the forest, like flame trees, firewheel trees and trees to increase the koala habitat. It’s great to see the splendour of our natives, when they’re given the chance to grow out in the open. I think the view from the gate belongs to all who drive by and I have dedicated my property to ‘Land for Wildlife’, a program in cooperation with the Gold Coast Council.

Enjoying the new tractor and slasher.

My latest song, Flowers of Jacaranda, truly came from the heart. Like so many others, I felt the shame that an Australian would become such a White Supremacist and that Pauline and her mates have put us all on notice with their trip to the USA and the NRA. I felt I needed to write a peace song. It’s gratifying to get such a wonderful reaction to the song. Thank you.

Listen to Flowers of Jacaranda HERE

I don’t know how many Willoshed concerts my mates and many loyal helpers have in them, folks. There are still some seats left for Sunday June 9th. I know I can’t wait. It’s probably the highlight of my year to be able to share the place and all its curiosities, not to mention the spectacular setting, with my loyal fans.


See you along the road of song.