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Pre-2005 News:

The Toyota Outback Concert series was showing on the Country Music Channel. Filmed on location in Henty featuring Tomkins guitarist Travis Collins and bassist Geoff Simpson.



Congratulations to ROB WILSON
2004 Winner of the Coopers' Golden Saddle Award
at the Galston Country Music festival.

ADAM HARVEY with his new Tomkins guitar

Luke O'Shea's guitar
Now who's guitar could this be...is that a Medicine Wheel?

Above: The GARY ALLAN Annual Fan Club Party
on June 9th, 2004 at The Trap in Nashville.
Jake Kelly with a Tomkins twin-neck,
Gary Allan with a Tomkins Diamontina and obscured,
Mike Fried with a Tomkins baritone guitar

The June 2004 issue of the U.S.
Country Standard Time magazine
features the cover story
Dale Watson lives in dreamland
and a cover shot of Dale
with one of his Tomkins guitars.

Tomkins player TRAVIS COLLINS wins Toyota Starmaker 2004...
Tomkins player CHAD MORGAN awarded the OAM in the the
Australia Day honours list for Service to country music...
Tomkins players BELLA win Golden Guitar for Best Group...
Tomkins player GARY ALLAN scores TWO Number One hits on U.S. Country Charts...


PHOTOS of the previous Tomkins Guitar Showcases in Sydney
Oct. 16th at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club and
Oct. 23rd at Rooty Hill RSL Club
Click Here...

  • Congratulations to Australian Tomkins guitar picker JEDD HUGHES, currently on tour in the Patty Loveless band. 21 year old JEDD has signed a record deal with major US label Universal/MCA.

  • Tomkins player EDDIE PEREZ has joined country stars THE MAVERICKS! Eddie was previously a member of the Gary Allan band.

    A new review of Tomkins Showcase Volume One appeared in the 24 June edition of The Drum Media, written by Andrew Williams:-

    Also out now on the CD stores is a brand new local release titled the Tomkins Showcase Volume One. The CD is a compilation of guitar tunes played on local-based Tomkins guitars, made by Allan Tomkins. The CD features 24 tracks of blues and country songs and instrumentals and features such highlights as the Bondi Cigars Key to Your Heart, Bob Howe's Diamondtina Yodel, Ace Fender's Heart of Stone, Geoff Mack's I've Played Everything (a re-worded version of his penned I've Been Everywhere, made famous by Lucky Starr), Keith Glass' Sleeping Through The Storm and Lyn Bowtell's Sweet Summer Rain to name just a few. Like another local guitar luthier Frank Grubisa of Grubisa Guitar, Allan Tomkins continues to break the mass-produced guitar manufacture mould, to create distinctive quality hand-made Australian guitars. The CD is the first in what Tomkins hopes will be a continuing collection of Australia's finest players playing on Australian guitars. For further information check out the website.

    Recent Tomkins sightings:
    Jason McCoy

    Canadian Country Music star Jason McCoy is pictured left, with a new custom-made Australian TOMKINS guitar, emblazoned with the Canadian national emblem, the maple leaf.

    • The Tamworth 2003 Tomkins Guitar Showcase was huge!
      Photos now on-line.

    • Did you see the feature articles on Tomkins guitars in the December issue of Capital News magazine and the last issue of G'day G'Day magazine?

    • TOM HAMILTON of the legendary rock band AEROSMITH is the proud owner of a new Tomkins bass.

    • The SYDNEY Tomkins Showcase was a huge success - click here for more - and the brand new CD - Tomkins Showcase Volume One is out now...

    DALE WATSON CD cover

    Play For Rain: As drought conditions in outback Australia begin to reach record proportions, Steve Forde and The Flange attempted to break a world record as they combined with Australian Red Cross to alleviate some of the suffering in rural Australia by playing for rain and drowning the current watermark of 24 hours for the longest performance by a band.

    Allan Tomkins wishes Steve Forde and the band good luck
    Allan Tomkins wishes the band well
    on their World-Record attempt.

    Newsflash...October 4th... a new world record! Steve Forde and The Flange played for 26 hours straight!


    Steve Forde and The Flange are proudly supported by Tomkins Guitars and Basses.

    The non-stop session which lasted over 26 hours began on October 3 followed the launch of FARMHAND, a National fundraising foundation to assist drought stricken Farmers throughout Australia.

    The famous Bourbon & Beefsteak in Kings Cross hosted Steve Forde & The Flange's World Record attempt with all proceeds going to a special Drought Appeal to be distributed by Australian Red Cross on a National basis.

    Drummer Luke Henry (Edda) will need more sustenance than this
    cardboard bottle of beer that Steve Forde is offering him!

    Recent Tomkins sightings:

    Pictured right...
    at The Basement in Sydney:
    Jeff 'Stick' Davis from
    The Amazing Rhythm Aces
    road-testing a Tomkins bass!

    Jeff 'Stick' Davis

    CLICK HERE for Photos from the Tamworth 2002 Showcase

    Dale Watson at the Grand Ole Opry
    Dale Watson at the Grand Ole Opry - In August 2001, Dale Watson and and his Lone Stars performed on the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Dale played his new Tomkins Custom guitar.
    See Dale's Tomkins Picker page for more...

    Barbara on steer in Texas
    June/July 2001 - Allan and Barbara Tomkins travelled to the U.S.A. and the trip seemed to bring out the Cowgirl in Barbara! Here she is, riding a live Longhorn Steer outside the Stockyards at Fort Worth, Texas. Allan and Barbara delivered a new guitar to Dale Watson, and also got a chance to catch up with Jim Lauderdale and his guitarist (and Tomkins player) Eddie Perez. At the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, they were welcomed by Buck Owens. They also checked out the new band Hay Bale, featuring Billy Dee (Donahue) who was Gilley's house band leader for 9 years and who plays a Tomkins Bass, and Merle Haggard's guitarist Redd Volkaert.

    Pictured right: Cowboy Lloyd Cross and his wife Doris during a visit with Allan and Barbara. Lloyd is a master hat stylist, immortalised in the Dale Watson song, That Man in the Lloyd Cross Crease.

    Cowgirl Barbara
    Cowboy Lloyd Cross and his wife Doris

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