My father was a seafaring man who played sea shanties on his accordion. My mother bought me a ukelele when I was about five years old so I played this on many an occasion to entertain my parents’ aquaintances.

My four-beat rhythm is unusual in country music. My affinity to this developed as a result of trips to my grandparent’s farm in ‘red rattler’ trains when I was a child. I replicated the rhythm of the wheels hitting the tracks with a horseshoe on an old milk can. I can remember playing to my audience – the cows on the farm – and getting into trouble when they would not produce milk afterwards.

Contact Les

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1st Sunday of the Month

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm


Pleasant Sunday Country at the Sphinx

Thompson Road,  North Geelong

Bookings – Eric Cook 0429 143 237


2nd Sunday of the Month

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm



Victoria Bowling Club, 231 Victoria Street, Ballarat


Bookings – Jilly Bruce (03) 5342 0361

Ernie Johns & Avalanche Road Show

2nd Sunday of the Month

6:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Golden Hills Motel, 145 Marong Road, Bendigo

Bookings (03) 5443 1333

Bendigo Country Talent Club

3rd Sunday of the Month

6:00 pm onwards


Kangaroo Flat Sports Club

Dower Park 1C Station Street, Kangaroo Flat

Bookings – Norma Wright (03) 5446 9127

Listen to Les on the Radio!

3CR Melbourne (855am)

 “Hillbilly Fever”


11pm to 2am some Saturday nights.