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 DATE CLAIMER: The 2013 Dingo Creek Wine Jazz and Blues Festival will be held on the 25th -27th of October 2013

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SEE WENDY MATTHEWS at the Dingo Creek Wine, Jazz and Blues Festival 19 -21 October 2012.  Supporting SIDS and Kids Qld

With a reputation for being one of the finest singer/ songwriters ever seen, Wendy Matthews has a expressive voice that never fails to move those who hear it. Her music is an unhurried journey of clean melodies, infectious energy and simple grace. Born in Montreal, Canada, Wendy…

left home as a teenager, joined her first band and busked her way across the USA to Los Angeles. There she met Glenn Shorrock who invited her to tour with him in Australia in 1982. She immediately became an in-demand session singer, appearing on many commercial jingles and became a semi-permanent member of the band. She also sang on albums by Jimmy Barnes, Tim Finn, Richard Clapton and Icehouse. In 1987, Wendy collaborated with Kate Ceberano on the ABC-TV soundtrack for the series ‘Stringer’. Over the years since then, Wendy has performed at some of the most prestigious musical events world-wide, from the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, live TV specials in Asia, MIDEM in Cannes, to performing in front of over 40,000 people on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. Her tours play to full houses in both regional and capital city theatres. She has been awarded seven ARIAS, many times been voted Best Female Artist, Best Debut Single and Best Female Singer and can claim a massive 19 singles and 7 top selling albums. This is exemplified by the reality that Wendy’s music is now in more than 1 million homes in Australia – all her albums to date have multi-platinum status. Saturday 8.00pm October 20, 2012

Annual Wine Jazz and Blues Festival – 30th April and 1st of May 2011

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 Update 30/3/2012


IT WILL BE THE 19, 20 & 21 of October 2012

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            David and Marg along with our committee wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and all the very best for 2012 and we thank you all for your support in 2011.

 The Dingo Creek Wine Jazz and Blues festival is set for the 19, 20 & 21 of October 2012.  The new organizers of the event will be the Gympie Rotary Club.  It will still be held at Dingo Creek vineyard with camping from Friday through to Monday as usual and there will be no major changes to the format.

The committee is very excited to hand the event over to such a dedicated organization as Gympie Rotary, with some members having been involved in the running of the Gympie Muster for years we know the event is in good hands.

David and I personally wish to thank you all for your support over the years, it has been a very personal journey for us and our children and at times very emotional as each year we re live Rachael’s short time with us.  For me personally it has been a wonderful chapter in my life but also one that has taken a lot of energy and it is time to re charge the batteries and I thank the Rotary Club for their commitment to the event.  We will still be involved with running the bar and look forward to seeing you all again at the 2012 festival and thank you for your patience while we arranged the hand over to the Gympie Rotary Club.

Once again we wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas and wonderful 2012, stay tuned for further updates.

Kind Regards

Marg Gillespie

President/ Secretary

Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Inc





It’s all happening at Dingo Creek Vineyard this week, the Marquee is up the seating has arrived and the Bar marquee was erected this weekend.  JD has put the stage in place and the sound system will be here this week, the excitement is building.  John Morrison and Jacki Cooper are arriving on Wednesdy and will perform workshops for the local schools on Thursday and Friday. Telstra Country Wide has assisted us with sponsorship for the workshops and it is greatly appreciated.  Telstra will also have an internet cafe on site so there is no excuse not to keep in touch and spread the word of the great weekend.  We are looking forward to catching up with everyone again  and  enjoying a sensational weekend of the best Jazz and Blues Music.

See you there.



Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival hits high note for SIDS and Kids QLD

A jazz festival born in memory of a baby girl is aiming to complete a $100,000 donation to SIDS and Kids QLD.

On the day Sunshine Coast winemakers David and Marg Gillespie’s first-born daughter Rachael would have turned 21 had she not died from SIDS-related causes as a baby, a new regional Queensland event was born.

Out of a desire to recognise the ‘milestone’ in their family’s life, the Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Inc association was founded, the festival has since 2002 borne beautiful fruit, of the musical, emotional and community-spirit varieties.

By maintaining an operating-costs only policy, they have already donated more than $73,000 to SIDS and Kids QLD.

With great expectations for a big crowd who will enjoy the festival on April 30 and May 1 2011 Marg says they hope to hit their target of $100,000 donated to the charity this year.

“It has been a healing process, definitely,” said Marg.

“We had three beautiful children after Rachael died, our family is very close, and we are grateful our loss of Rachael ended up motivating us to do something positive for Queensland families.”

SIDS and Kids QLD provide a free service to all Queensland families who sadly lose a child from 20 weeks gestation through to 6 years of age from any sudden and unexpected death they also provided education in the community regarding the safe sleeping program.  SIDS and Kids Australia reported an 85% reduction in SIDS-related deaths between 1989 and 2007. A portion of the charity’s funding is now also used for research to prevent peri natal and neonatal death and stillbirth.

Over the past decade the Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival has become a must-do event for musicians such as John Morrison, Willy Qua and Jacki Cooper.  This year the line up is again outstanding with Janet Seidel Trio and Willy Qua and his new Galapagos Duck Band performing along with Blind Lemon, Jamie Lockhart, the ever popular Police Band of Blue, the Queensland Detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band, John Niciol and a host of others.

Unique in Queensland, the festival allows music-lovers to camp out on the Dingo Creek vineyard at Traveston, just an hour and a half from Brisbane and 40 minutes drive from the heart of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Held over two days and nights, a relaxed community atmosphere prevails, where it’s common to ask your favourite musician to ‘pass the sauce’ for your breakfast snags.

It’s out of the box, you can meet and greet your favourite musician in an environment second to none, and enjoy the weekend by just bringing along your sleeping bag,” said John Morrison, who makes the trip back to Dingo Creek annually.

For tickets and more information visit or phone Marg on 54 851 731


Well the festival is fast approaching and all is going well, don’t forget that tickets to the event make a great Easter gift ( it won’t stay on your hips like chocolate!) and don’t forget Mum, spoil your Mum with a ticket to the festival and celebrate Mother’s Day a week early.  For those who are camping you are in for a special treat, Friday night we will have Lee-T Bone-Turner performing on the deck while we do registrations, it is always a great way to catch up with friends from past events and make new one’s. Visit Lee’s website for further information  on Lee, Have a great week and don’t forget to book your tickets by phoning me on               07 54 851 731        or securley on line with Pay Pal at just follow the Jazz Festival promt, you will be helping SIDS and Kids Queensland by attending this event.



We welcome Saia Hanlon to the Dingo Creek Wine, Jazz and Blues Festival 30th of April and 1st of May 2011,below is Saia’s Bio for more information. 

Bio Saia Hanlon:

Hanlon – A name synonymous with premier session & touring drumming in Australia, has been re-shaped for a new generation, with the emergence of Saia Hanlon, Tommy’s son and heir-apparent.

From a young age Saia was thrust into the dynamic world of music, and drumming, and all the influence it has to offer. So-much-so, that after picking up his first set of sticks at 6, by 14 years of age, Saia had secured his first Gold Coast Battle-of-the-Bands win. He is now in demand, Australia and world-wide, securing slots with artists as diverse as 2009 Australian Idol winner, Stan Walker, to musical legends, like Brian Cadd.

Saia has most recently completed a successful tour of the US, on the highly lucrative college-tour, with Gold Coast rockers, Max Judo. On the local scene Saia continues to “wow” crowds with his unique style.

A busy summer festival season has just been completed, and Saia is now set to hit the studios again. With the ability to switch between jazz, rock, funk, and Latin, at the “drop of a hat”, Saia has the chops to bring a professional, yet dynamic sound to any project he is selected for.

List of Achievements

1997 Winner Battle of the Bands, Gold Coast region

1997 Winner Most Outstanding Drummer, Gold Coast

1997 Winner Most Innovative Drummer, Queensland

1998 – 2003 Private Tuition

2004 Session Player Ricki Lee, National Tour

2005 Various tours

2006 Winner Byron Bluesfest Comp

2006 Moved to NZ – various Tours

2007 Tour & Record in Scandanavia

2007 Resident Drummer Studio 301, Byron Bay

2008 Headline Act Hanlon Rhythm, GC Jazz Fest

2008 Headline Act Melana Moye, Gold Coast Bluesfest

2009 USA Tour MJ

2009 Session Drummer Studio 301 & various others in NSW & QLD

2010 Tour Stan Walker National Tour, follow-up to Australian Idol


Interested in heritage motorcycles?  Then mark your diary for this event.

Gympie Heritage Motorcycle Club’s Goldminer’s Rally at Dingo Creek Winery

The Goldminer’s Rally is open to all Veteran, Vintage, Post-Vintage, Post-War, Historic and Post-Historic motorcycles. The Rally is held over two days.

On the Saturday we have registrations and a Show & Shine. Time permitting, on Saturday afternoon we may also hold a gymkhana and/or go on a short ride. The Saturday evening meal will be catered by the Dingo Creek Winery which will be followed by a movie under the stars.

Sunday morning breakfast will be catered by the Dingo Creek Winery which will be followed by a timed rally. There will be both short and long courses with a smoko stop on each.

For 2011 the Goldminer’s Rally will be held on the weekend of 16th & 17th July at the Dingo Creek Winery at Traveston. Dingo Creek Winery has been described as one of the prettiest wineries on the Sunshine Coast and overlooks the majestic Mount Cooroora. There is free camping (no powered sites) and hot showers on site. The winery also has a fully equipped kitchen and will provide meals over the weekend at very reasonable prices. And of course some may find the Cellar Door of interest where you can sample the range of boutique wines and Liqueurs including the very popular Honey Mead. Wine, beer and spirits are available to purchase over the weekend.

The Dingo Creek Winery is conveniently located just off the Bruce Highway at Traveston, turn opposite Matilda Service Station Kybong , follow the Tandur Rd until you reach the railway line appprox 5 klm, don’t go under the line, turn right into Tandur Traveston Rd and follow for approx 2.7lkms and turn left at the winery sign.




David Ades     Alto Saxophone


Dave Ades will be adding to the fantastic line up the Dingo Creek Wine, Jazz and Blues Festival this year, 30th of April and 1st of May.  Since the beginning of his professional life in 1980 David Ades has been heard with the cream of Australia’s improvising musicians. Among these are people such as Phil Treloar, Mark Simmonds, Paul Grabowsky and Vince Jones. Between 1981 and ’84 David lived in Harlem, New York. Of this experience he relates his time there, playing with such remarkable artists as Jack McDuff, Roy Haynes, Stanley Turrentine, and Freddie Hubbard, as having a profound influence on his musical conception. Returning to Sydney in 1984, David’s outstanding qualities caught the attention of musicians and critics alike, being described by John Clare (The Sydney Morning Herald) as “Distinctive as the masters, a unique and original voice. David’s presence is as large and luminous as life itself, a rare talent indeed.” In 1991 David recorded his debut album, Bird on a Head, for Roo Art Records, gaining international acclaim as “ground breaking new music. He is also a member of the group Fats whom have recorded 3 critically acclaimed Cd’s. He has recorded with Dale Barlow in New York and performs regularly with the Cat Empire. David continues to travel to Europe and the USA every year playing clubs and festivals.  See musicians bio’s for picture.


Galapagos Duck

redux play blues fest

THE Janet Seidel Trio and Willy Qua and the New Galapagos Duck will headline the eighth annual Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival from April 30 to May 1 at Traveston, north of Noosa.

Seidel, a Sydney-based vocalist/ pianist, will be joined by her brother David on bass and clever guitarist Chuck Morgan. Seidel is a stylist and takes on the great standards made famous by Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggie Lee and Sarah Vaughan. She has 17 CDs to her name and n the 2006 Penguin Guide to Jazz she is described as “Australia’s first lady of jazz”.

A veteran of the Australian jazz scene, Willy Qua, is back with The New Galapagos Duck. In the early 1970s, when just a teenager, Willy and his brother, Chris, were founding members of the original Galapagos Duck, a trail-blazing jazz combo so named by their biggest fan at the time, Spike Milligan. Galapagos Duck was the standout band for The Basement in Sydney, and toured round the world to sellout audiences in the 1970s and ’80s.

Fast-forward to 2011 and Willy has assembled another great band. Willy, who jokes his “Australia’s best jazz drummer who can also play saxophone”, will be joined by accomplished ex-pat Kiwi pianist Wil Sargisson. “I used to be a one-off being the only saxophone-player drummer around, but now there’s someone else who does the same,” Qua said referring to Dave Ades, who has also become an all-rounder. And, just so Qua and Ades can play some saxophone duets, the band also has a drummer in Dave Sanders. Rounding out the quintet will be Max Stowers on bass. “I know three drummers in a band is a bit much, but Dave and I will be mainly on saxes and flute,” Qua said.

A popular act from last year, Blind Lemon, will also be back to head up the blues section as well as Sunny Coast mayor Bob Abbot, who will ply his unique vocal delivery out front of his band. Pomona blues singer/guitarist Jamie Lockhart will also feature, other greats include guitarist Johnny Nicol, drummer John Morrison, Ian Beddows on double bass and Sargisson on piano. 

John Morrison and Jacki Cooper will also hold a musical workshop at Cooloola Christian College at Gympie which will be attended by school musicians from Gympie and Hervey Bay schools. Festival organiser Marg Gillespie said she is very excited about this years line up and those wishing to purchase tickets can do so via the website. See or phone 5485 1731,                       0438 851 731           . The festival is a major fundraiser for SIDS and Kids Queensland.








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Dingo Creek Wine, Jazz and Blues Newsletter 265 Tandur Traveston Rd, Traveston Qld 4570
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Supporting SIDS and Kids Queensland

Hi Everyone,

It is on again, the award Winning Dingo Creek Wine, Jazz and Blues Festival will be back the Labour Day Long Weekend 2011.  30th of April and !st of May.  Mark your calendar now for a sensational weekend filled with wonderful Jazz, marvelous Blues, Fine Wine, Fabulous Food, Beer, Spirits and Camping.  As John Morrison said “Bring your Sleeping Bag and enjoy it the whole weekend There is NOTHING like it anywhere”.  So why not give yourself a relaxing weekend and be part of an iconic event at Traveston in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland ? Early Bookings are recommended.

Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Inc Presents 

“A Weekend of Music Connections”

The musical line up for the 2011 event will provide you with the very best of musicians including: Janet Seidel Trio  with Janet Seidel, Dave Seidel and Chuck Morgan, John Morrison (the “Mayor of Swing City”), Jacki Cooper, Willy Qua and the new Super Duck, Ian Beddows, Dave Ades, John Whyte, Wil Sarrgison, Dave Sanders, Max Stowers, John Nicol, the Police Band of Blue, Blind Lemon, Jamie Lockhart, The detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band  along with other great artists.   

Tickets are now available to purchase by phoning Marg on                  07 54 851 731         or e-mail [email protected] 

You can visit the web site at and book on line securely with Pay Pal.

We have been very fortunate again this year to receive wonderful support for the event from ENERGEX, Dairy farmers, Gympie Shire Council and our new partners Telstra Country Wide and Anaconda Morayfield, Telstra will have an internet café on site and will also assist with sponsorship of School workshops conducted by John Morrison and Jacki Cooper we are delighted to welcome Telstra on board.

Anaconda has very generously donated a Lewis and Clark seasoned Cast Iron 7 piece set values at $139.00.  It contains an oven, skillet, fry pan, lid lifter, cutting board, and scraper.  This wonderful addition to any camping outfit will be given as and early bird ticket prize, for your chance to win this great set simply book your ticket by the 14th of February2011.

For those who wish to camp but don’t have a tent Anaconda can assist you, they have a great range of tents available to hire fort he weekend and they will set them up and pull them down for you, it can’t get any easier than that, check out the website for details under Jazz Festival Accommodation, DJ at Anaconda will be only too happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

We have an early bird special on tickets until the 14th of February, 2011.  That includes:
Weekend Passes are $105.00 per person
Day Passes are $55.00per person for Saturday or Sunday

From the 15h of February Weekend passes will be $110.00 per person
Day passes will be $60.00 per person until the 29th of April
Day passes purchased at the gate will be $65.00 per person
Children under 14 years are free

Great wine, food , beer Spirits and soft drink will be available to purchase over the weekend, the venue is covered and seating is provided.  Please show consideration and remember this is a no BYO alcohol , no glass venue and please don’t bring your pets.  Once again camping is free with row’s of Loo’s and Showers on site for your comfort.  You are welcome to arrive from Friday , April 29 and leave Monday morning if you wish.

If you intend camping it will be necessary to book early as camping was at a premium at the last event with camping encroaching on the car park so once again we will need to monitor numbers.

We acknowledge that without you the valued visitor to the festival the event would not happen.  Thank you for you support in this vital fundraiser for SIDS and Kids Qld.  We have been able to present SIDS and Kids Qld with over $70,000.00 from past festivals as well as promote the wonderful service that they provide free of charge to all Qld families.  There are approx 48,000 men women and children affected by the sudden death of a child between 20 weeks gestation and 6 years of age in Qld alone each year, SIDS and Kids Qld needs your continued support to assist these families.

Feel free to pass this newsletter on to your friends, you can also follow us on face book, search Dingo Creek Vineyard and click like or add as a Friend.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to Dingo Creek for another sensational weekend of music with some of the greats of Jazz and Blues. 
Kind Regards
Marg Gillespie
Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Inc.

Kindly Supported by Telstra Country Wide, ENERGEX, Anaconda, Dingo Creek Vineyard, Dairy Farmers, Gympie Regional Council, Fraser Explorer Tours. Fosters Group.

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