|"The Pot Of Gold" in our backyard
Neil Duddy - Buckshott ģ
Neil Duddy's reputation as a talented, versatile, spontaneous and unpredictable entertainer is evident in every performance.
Celebrating 20 years as a professional entertainer, Neilís down to earth attitude and magnetic personality is well respected within the Australian Country Music Industry. Regarded as a quite achiever, Neil prefers to shun the spotlight and instead concentrates on the job of entertaining.
I love my job but I honestly don't seek the spotlight. I actually prefer to turn the attention toward my audience and strive to create a happy and cheerful atmosphere. My shows are always laced with a decent dose of good ol' Aussie humour and I love to pay tribute to many various artists encouraging and thriving on 'non country' requests as well. Whether I'm performing for a nursing home, school fete or a rodeo crowd, I love to see my audience kicking their heels up and having a good time. It's all about having fun!"
Able to move freely amongst his audience using modern wireless equipment, Neil is in high demand, regularly performing throughout the Qld Club circuit, Rodeos, Town Shows, and numerous other fundraising and private functions.
Born in Coonamble NSW in 1965, Neil is the second youngest of five boys. After leaving school he spent the next ten years working various jobs including 3 years as a station hand on a wheat sheep and cattle property. Other occupations included truck driving and machine operating however it was only after he injured his back whilst landscaping that Neil's music career kicked off.
I've always loved to sing, however, I was extremely shy as a kid and never in my wildest dreams did I imagine a career in the music industry. Basically my passion for music helped me to overcome my fear of public performing and after much encouragement from family and friends, I entered and won my first talent quest in 1990 at the ripe old age of 25.
Within 12 months I went on to win the inaugural Australasian Busking Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and was a Grand finalist at my first Gympie National Music Muster after winning the Country Rock Award.
I moved to Queensland soon after and concentrated on turning my hobby into a small business. The rest as they say is history.
Of course there is another side to Neil Duddy and that is the family man.
The proud father of Jake 12yrs and Jye 10 yrs, Neil recently announced his engagement to his partner Roxanne.
Neil is very involved in his son's schooling and sporting interests, and is an active member of their School P & C and Junior Football Clubs.
Well respected within his local community of Peak Crossing near Ipswich, Neil is responsible for many fundraising events and also has a genuine passion for promoting fellow Aussie musicians.
Original organiser of the Muttdapilly Muster and The Nindigully Pig Races, Neil now concentrates on his major fundraising event, The Peak Pig Races & Music Muster, which raises thousands of dollars annually for the Royal Flying Doctors.
To date Neil's efforts has helped raise over $25,000-00 for the Queensland RFDS.
"I've been involved in many various events and have made some great friendships along the way.
The LONGRIDE to Darwin was an experience I'll never forget. A motorbike ride, in aid of the RFDS, we kicked off with 38 bikes and rolled into Darwin a week later with approximately 500.
I was invited to perform along the way and was so inspired by the event that I wrote "The Long Ride" to commemorate the occasion".
Neil is very excited about the release of his 3rd Studio album, "Pot of Gold", which contains original songs about Love, Life, Family, Friends and Fun.
"Pot of Gold" is a true reflection of Neil Duddy's character, personality and patriotism.
Neil Duddy - Living Proof That Country Rocks!