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Muster organisers forced to seek a replacement act

I HAD actually written this column on Wednesday morning and was looking forward to outlining the exciting and diverse program we have in place.

However by 9am I had received the sad news that Judith Durham, lead singer from The Seekers, had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on Tuesday following the band's sold-out show in Melbourne. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Judith for a speedy recovery.

Consequently The Seekers have now postponed their tour and have cancelled the Muster, which means we have now turned our efforts into finding a suitable replacement for this legendary Aussie act.

In the meantime we are excited to say that we have secured US act The Mavericks, who have been called "the most interesting band in the world" by critics.

I have been lucky enough to see the band in action in the US and can attest to this statement.

Muster-goers are in for a real treat when The Mavericks hit the main stage on Saturday night and again play the Crowbar on Sunday night.

Apart from our headliners, the Muster will present a diverse range of country music in all its forms - traditional, pop country, blues, alt-country, folk, bluegrass and, of course, country rock.

And to cap it all off, we have programmed some real Aussie rock/pop legends such Darryl Braithwaite, Mental As Anything and Russell Morris.

The county stars will be there in force with some of Australia's biggest names including Adam Brand, Troy Cassar-Daley, Sara Storer, Catherine Britt, Graeme Connors and James Blundell.

There are also a few exciting changes to a couple of Muster venues however I'll get to that in a future update.

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