Leaping Lizards Win 2011 Golden Fiddle Award
The Leaping Lizards Band
Folk Music, Fiddle, Folk
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
The Leaping Lizards honoured at Golden Fiddle Awards
Gold Coast & Brisbane based Australiana band The Leaping Lizards was honoured today for
more than 25 years of dedication to the nation's heritage roots music with the Golden Fiddle
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
While the band members might have
changed over the years, fiddlers have
always featured on the front line, say
organisers of the Golden Fiddle Awards.
"The Lizards are regarded as a leading
Australian ambassador band, often being
the first Australian music thousands of
overseas business leaders and tourists hear
at cultural events."
Legendary folk rocker John Schumann
(Redgum/Only 19) recently said of the
Lizards: "They have a way of singing old
and well known songs that bring them to
life – effortlessly."
The Leaping Lizards released their first album in 1986, which is today preserved as an historically
significant piece of Queensland's musical heritage. A ground breaking album was released in 1989
when they reached the top of their game, having won both the Battle of the Bush Bands and the
National Bush Band title in the same year. For years after, the band travelled extensively on the
festival circuit and were regulars on TV shows.
Guitar and banjo player and vocalist on that album Ron Dimmick still holds the Lizards together
with co-players Donna Reynolds and fiddler, Hugh Curtis.
The iconic band's newly released CD Shedding My Skin, dominated finalist categories of this year's
Golden Fiddle Awards; Best Band; Best CD and Best Original Composition. The judging panel
agreed unanimously to honour their musical history with the top award of Lifetime Achievement.
, Finalist Instrumental Song
, Folk Music
, Leaping Lizards Bush Band
, Songwriting Finalist
, The Leaping Lizards