Tomkins Custom Guitars, Basses, Lap-Steels & Mandolins
NEWS & recent Tomkins sightings:
TAMWORTH 2019:- If you are at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, don't miss the TOMKINS GUITAR SHOWCASE at Wests (Legends Lounge). 8pm on Thursday 24th January 2019. Hosted by Darren Carr. Also watch out for the Tomkins Honky Tonk Band in the Legends Lounge at other times including Wed 23rd at 5pm, Friday 25th at 5pm, Saturday 26th at 8pm, and Sunday 27th at 2pm. Stay cool and enjoy some great country music!
TOMKINS GUITARS SHOWCASE - SYDNEY 2018
Check out Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings with Steve Ehrmann on Tomkins Bass!
Redd Volkaert and Dallas Wayne from Heybale! playing Tomkins guitar and bass.
TOMKINS GUITARS SHOWCASE - TAMWORTH 2018:-
2017 SYDNEY TOMKINS GUITARS SHOWCASE
TOMKINS GUITARS SHOWCASE - TAMWORTH 2017:-
2016 SYDNEY TOMKINS GUITARS SHOWCASE
CLICK HERE for photos...
Tomkins Guitars, bass and mandolin were on display
The Tomkins Guitars All-Star Honky-Tonk Band were at the Lions Den Hotel,
near Cooktown QLD on the 2016 Queen's Birthday long weekend!
PREVIOUS SHOWCASE: TAMWORTH 2016
WESTS - LEGENDS LOUNGE - THURSDAY 21st JANUARY 2016 - 8pm
Thursday 12th November 2015 was our annual
'TOMKINS GUITAR SHOWCASE'
at Canterbury Country, Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club.
starring a multitude of surprising singers and guitar-slingers including
DARREN CARR, ROSS MCGREGOR, KAHLIA MARTIN, BROTHERS3,
JORDAN GARNER, NEILLYRICH, TORI DARKE, JAMIE AGIUS,
BRYEN WILLEMS, GARY BROWN, GLENN SKARRATT, MICK MANLEY
and a special performance by THE ALLPHONEYS.
The show was hosted by BOB HOWE and NICKI GILLIS
and DARREN CARR with the Hillbilly Heaven band.
Special thanks to Phil Cole and Terry Phillpot (Eyegraphics) for their camera work.
Lots of photos...CLICK HERE
Spotted at FARM AID 2015 in downtown Chicago, the 30th year of Farm Aid...
KEVIN SMITH, bass player for WILLIE NELSON,
onstage with his TOMKINS Custom Bass!
PREVIOUS SHOWCASE: TAMWORTH 2015
Tomkins Guitars are delighted to be part of The Balvenie Craft Museum in Sydney. Allan Tomkins is pictured above at the event where visitors can admire the diverse handiwork of 12 craftspeople within a shared space while listening to music made with handmade instruments and sipping on the Balvenie range of whiskey. (Photo by Terry Phillpot, Eyegraphics)
PREVIOUS SHOWCASE: SYDNEY 2014
More photos are HERE...
TOBY KEITH receiving a custom-made Tomkins Guitar from Allan Tomkins (left)
and Guy Ngata (right - General Manager, Allphones Arena)
to commemorate his 2014 Sydney concert at the Allphones Arena
during the 'Hammer Down Under' tour.
TOMKINS SHOWCASE: TAMWORTH 2014
WESTS - BLAZES SHOWROOM - THURSDAY 23rd JANUARY 2014 - 8.30pm-10.30pm
Thursday 14th November 2013 - 'TOMKINS GUITAR SHOWCASE' - PHOTOS ARE HERE...
Allan Tomkins and Alan Jackson with a custom-made Tomkins Guitar
created to commemorate his 2013 Sydney concert at the Allphones Arena.
P!NK receiving a custom-made Tomkins Guitar from
Tim Worton (Group Director - Arenas, AEG Ogden)
and Guy Ngata (General Manager, Allphones Arena)
to commemorate her 2013 Sydney concerts at the Allphones Arena.
23 Aug 2013: Allan Tomkins with Tomkins guitar picker EDDIE PEREZ
lead guitarist of THE MAVERICKS, at their Sydney concert.
Dale Watson & His Lonestars performed I Lie When I Drink on The David Letterman Show on 24th June 2013. Dale, as always, played his custom-made Tomkins guitar.
You can't have your cake and pick it too...
A cake modelled after his Tomkins Guitar!
With thanks to
The title track off the new Doug Bruce album 'Made That Way',
released November 2012. For more information go to www.dougbruce.com.au.
Featuring Allan Tomkins, of Tomkins Customs Guitars, at work.
Thursday 8th November 2012 was our annual Sydney
'TOMKINS GUITARS SHOWCASE'
as part of Canterbury Country at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club,
starring a multitude of surprising singers and guitar-slingers including
Darren Carr, Steve Cheers, Mick Manley, Sharnee Fenwick,
Damien Odell, Maryanne Burton, Dwayne Elix & The Engineers,
Alby Pool, Michael White, Ross McGregor, Craig Byrne,
Amelia Richards, Vic Price, Gary Brown, Jake Lardot, Jack Pledge,
Bryen Willems, Ted Simpson, Rusty Cochrane & Doug Bruce.
The night was hosted by BOB HOWE and NICKI GILLIS
with the Hillbilly Heaven band.
Sydney 2012 photos are HERE...
Tomkins Guitar with kangaroo scratchplate
One of two models available in Nashville from THE LABEL
2012: Gary Allan's new Tomkins Guitar...# 19 and counting...!
Gary Allan now owns the world's largest collection of Tomkins Guitars!!!
The September issue of Australia's Country Music Capital News magazine
features a two-page spread on picker BOB HOWE and his Tomkins guitar.
USA SHOWCASES - JUNE 2012 ...
The CHAD MORGAN road movie I'm Not Dead Yet is out now on DVD. Tomkins-spotters will note Chad wearing his Tomkins Guitar cap and many sightings of his special edition Tomkins 'The Sheik' guitar!
I'M NOT DEAD YET is the hilarious untold story of the legendary 'Sheik Of Scrubby Creek'.
Narrated by rock musician Tex Perkins, I'M NOT DEAD YET is the 'unplugged' chronicle of 78 year-old, country music legend Chad Morgan and his wife Joanie, as they travel and perform throughout regional and outback australia.
Chad Morgan's extensive body of work reveals a consummate bush storyteller with a politically incorrect twist. He sings about chasing Shelias, fighting drongos, shotgun weddings, getting drunk and copulating double-decker blowflies!
For over 50 years, Chad has out-sung, out-drank and outlived his famous contemporaries and has earnd his stripes as an Australian country music 'national treasure'.
I'M NOT DEAD YET is a story about laughter, love, music, family and a devilishly charming 'Sheik from Scrubby Creek'.
Watch the trailers and ORDER YOUR COPY HERE...
MOST RECENT SHOWCASE - TAMWORTH 2012
**NEW** SYDNEY TOMKINS GUITARS SHOWCASE - NOV 2011 - PHOTOS are HERE
It took this well-publicised video by DALE WATSON to get a decent response and compensation from the airline. Nice guitar Dale and that sounds like Allan Tomkins himself on the bass!
On the occasion of the Sydney Film Festival premiere of the documentary of his life, I'm Not Dead Yet, legendary performer CHAD MORGAN appears on the cover of the July NSW edition of The Senior publication holding his custom Tomkins Guitar.
The hand-carved leather pickguard of Chad's guitar has the slogan 'The Sheik'...a reference to his stage nickname, 'The Sheik of Scrubby Creek'. He is pictured with singer-songwriter Tex Perkins, who narrates the film.
USA SHOWCASE - JUNE 2011 - PHOTOS & VIDEO are HERE
Pictured above: Allan Tomkins with DALE WATSON and his Lone Stars
at the Bald Faced Stag Hotel, Sydney, April 2011.
Dale Watson's 2011 Tomkins Guitar
For more detailed photos, CLICK HERE
The Battle of the Country Bands was held at West Tamworth League Club during the Country Music festival. A Tomkins guitar valued at $3,000 was presented to Mick Atholwood who was judged as the best lead guitarist in the competition for the second year running.
2011 TAMWORTH SHOWCASE - JAN 2011 - PHOTOS are HERE
West Tamworth League Club, Blazes Showroom, 8.30pm-11.30pm
Compered by Bob Howe. Special & surprise guests appearing (not in this order):
Travis List, Craig Morrison, Penelope Somerville, Allan Caswell, Doug Bruce & Band, Mark D'Rozario, Christie Lamb, Lee Forster, Brad Rose, Jason Lee,
Gary Brown, Mark Kotynia, Chuck Vandenbelt, Duncan Toombs,
Dan Murphy, Shea Fisher, Chad Morgan + surprise guests
The backing band: Drums: Terry Phillpot, Peter Figures, Pedal Steel: Warren Neilsen,
Lap Steel: Gary Brown, Fiddle: Penelope Somerville, Bass: Allan Tomkins, Rusty Cochrane, Mark Kotynia, Guitar: Bob Howe, Duncan Toombs, Chuck Vandenbelt, Brad Rose
SYDNEY SHOWCASE - NOV 2010 - PHOTOS are HERE
June 2010: Gary Allan's new Tomkins Guitar...# 17 and counting...!
June 2010: Aussies in Nashville!
Full details and PHOTOS are HERE...
At the 2010 Tamworth TOMKINS GUITAR SHOWCASE there were two brand new guitars presented for the first time on stage:
Special and Surprise guests included
LOTS OF PHOTOS...CLICK HERE...
Nick Vanderven the Netherlands sent us this photo of Redd Volkaert with his Tomkins guitar that he took in the 'Patronaat Club' in Haarlem, The Netherlands on Sunday 0ctober 18, 2009. Nick says. "It's a beautiful sound - Redd playing all the stars from heaven with his great Tomkins guitar." Thank you Nick!
GARY ALLAN sporting his 2009 Tomkins Custom Guitar
A customised limited edition Tomkins electric guitar signed
by the acts appearing at CMC Rocks the Snowys 2009, including
(pictured) Taylor Swift, Corb Lund, Joe Nichols and Old Crow Medicine Show.
This competition has now closed! Visit the CMC site
22nd January 2009: During the Tamworth Tomkins Guitar Showcase in Blazes
SHEA FISHER surprised guitar-maker Allan Tomkins on-stage with a
custom made belt buckle depicting three Tomkins guitars!
L to R: Julian Sammut, Paula & Lee Bowman, Ben Cant (obscured), Rusty Cochrane, Simon Ross
Pictured above, also in Tamworth: JETTY ROAD previewing their upcoming album Life at a Million Miles at the Tamworth Services Club, January 2009. It will include their latest chart-topping single Good Times - the video clip for which features footage shot on their world tour. As well as Lee and Julian playing their Tomkins guitars, watch the video to spot the row of Tomkins Guitars on display during their Nashville Showcase appearances!
13 Sept 2008: Congratulations to DREW McALISTER who not only won the 2008 Cooper's Golden Saddle Award, presented at the The Galston Country Music Festival, but also the inaugural Tomkins Guitars Golden Saddle Performance Award, presented by Allan Tomkins. With the new Performance Award, Drew takes possession of the beautiful custom designed perpetual trophy - a black Tomkins Guitar with the Golden Saddle logo in gold leaf on the front - for 12 months.
NASHVILLE SHOWCASES - JUNE 2008 - PHOTOS HERE
HORSESHOE BEND ROUNDUP, HEXHAM SHOWCASE - DEC 2007 - PHOTOS HERE
SYDNEY SHOWCASE - NOV 2007 - PHOTOS HERE
USA SHOWCASE PHOTOS
The previous TOMKINS GUITARS AUSTRALIAN SHOWCASE was a huge success at
the Sheraton Downtown Hotel, 623 Union Street, Nashville TN
from June 4 to June 10 inclusive, from 4.00pm to 8.00pm each day.
If you missed it, look out for their return in 2008!
Carol Sturzel, Beccy Cole, Allan Tomkins at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel
(left) Allan Tomkins, Jody Maphis, (right) Travis Collins
Beccy Cole, Allan Tomkins
The TOMKINS GUITAR SHOWCASE was held in
Sydney TOMKINS GUITAR SHOWCASE 9th November 2006 - Photos and video...
Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton with Allan Tomkins at Vindaloo Studios 2006
Dale Watson hamming it up with Allan at Blanco's Bar & Grill - Houston, Texas 2006
the Tomkins Guitars of Adam Harvey, Gary Allan and Beccy Cole!
(Photo by Terry Phillpot - Eyeball Photographic Services)
Sydney TOMKINS GUITAR SHOWCASE October 13th 2005 - Photos...
2005 - TOMKINS PLAYERS ON TOUR IN AUSTRALIA...
Rose Lee Maphis and Emmylou Harris admiring a
Tomkins Diamondtina Chambered Piezzo model guitar!
January 15th: Congratulations to JEDD HUGHES for winning the Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year at the 33rd Toyota Golden Guitar Awards with his song High Lonesome ...
Special Feature: CLICK HERE to view a photo slideshow of Joe Travers' guitar being built, stage by stage!
Pre-2005 News CLICK HERE...
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