It’s Back! Start your morning right with the BUSH POET’S BREAKFAST

Gympie Music Muster, as usual, provides a chance for a not so dead bunch of almost famous poets to engage an audience, each morning, with a side of eggs and hash browns served by our friends at Gympie East State School.

$1 from every breaky sold will be donated to our charity partner PCFA.

Now that’s livin’

​[Cuppa & an $8 breakfast roll / $12 Bushman’s Breakfast]

An Italian concreter who is also a Naked Poet, a rat from Ballarat, a Coodabeen Champion and Muz, the man who made flying funny, will demonstrate their lyrical talents over coffee from 8.30am in the Muster Club each morning over Muster week.

‘A good bush poet never knows they’re great until they’re dead.’


Marco Gliori

The son of a much feared and well-respected Italian concreter.  A former Rugby League Playing Queensland Detective who is a big kid at heart with a wicked and irreverent sense of humour.  Winner of the ABC Spirit of Matilda Award presented to Marco by the late great Slim Dusty and voted by Australian Women’s Weekly as our modern Banjo, a claim which Marco rejects. “No-one could emulate what Banjo and Henry did, but what a privilege it is to continue the tradition.”

Muz Hartin

The son of a farmer and grazier, a mad Rugby Union halfback who has featured prominently on Australian Radio and television.  Both John Laws, and Alan Jones have sworn by Muz and his classic poems like Turbulence, ‘Buck you Bastard Buck!’ and his spine-tingling ‘Rain from Nowhere’ depicting depression in rural Australia.

Greg Champion

Greg Champion’s rose to prominence singing about cricket and football (AFL). He has been a member of the long running Melbourne-based radio humorists The Coodabeen Champions for twenty-four years. His single, ‘I Made a 100 In The Backyard At Mum’s’ was the leading track on an Australia All Over album, with ABC’s ‘Macca’, that sold over 150,000 copies. In 1994, Channel 7 took up his anthem ‘That’s The Thing About Football’ as a theme for their AFL broadcasts over several years. Since 1990 Champs has released seventeen albums about Australiana, footy, cricket, Country, comedy and Christmas.

Neil McArthur

The Rat from Ballarat can definitely sniff out a decent story.  He’s mad as a cut snake and as about attractive as one too. Neil loves cutting loose at the Muster with yarns about Grandpa, euthanasia, and being the only bloke stupid enough to collide with the tree on One Tree Hill.  McArthur is both stand-up comedian and the writer of some of the funniest poems you will ever hear.

Laura Downing

A 46-year-old award winning country music entertainer and comedian has a unique act which blends yodeling and comedy with country music.  Since taking up yodeling 15 years ago, the self-taught artist has gone on to become a world champion yodeler, taking out championships in Australia and New Zealand.

Ray Essery

What a life-story! The Mullumbimby Dairy farmer is a former champion Trotting Driver who joined the navy as a young bloke to see the world (then spent nine years in a submarine). He is the classic dry-witted hillbilly who audiences love. They want to cuddle him one minute, then kick his bum the next, for being so clumsy around women, animals, and anyone in authority. Note-: He is not a dumb as he portrays, and perhaps just a little wiser than you think!

Bill Kearns

Bill is a You-Tube sensation himself with his live performance of ‘Entrapment’ registering hundreds of thousands of views world wide.  His hilarious poems have struck a chord with audiences of all ages, featuring collapsible picnic chairs, chook raffles, and pensioners unwittingly arriving at a Swingers Club.   You can guess the rest.

Enter your original poem in the Amateur Poet’s Brawl for a chance to win a $100 cash prize, a host of CDs, Muster souvenirs and plenty of glory.

Be in it by Sunday morning 8.30am.  Hand your poems in at the venue and if you’re selected you’ll get to come on stage and read/recite your poem.   Topics are subject to whatever you might find amusing.  Hopefully the rest of us will too.

While reciting your poem, one of two things will happen. If you go over 60 seconds, Ray will gong you.  If you go under 60 seconds, you will be in the running to win.   Audience applause will decide the winner. BYO support crew with loud cheering abilities.

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