HERITAGE SONG: Jeff Brown and John Peacock collaborated to produce Beautiful Betsy.
HERITAGE SONG: Jeff Brown and John Peacock collaborated to produce Beautiful Betsy. Contributed

Shire's history to feature at major festival

A SONG about some fascinating history of the Banana Shire is set to hit the airwaves at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Golden Guitar bush balladeer Jeff Brown plans to feature the Beautiful Betsy bush ballad as part of his performance of his new album More Times Than I Remember at Tamworth in January.

Residents of the Banana Shire may already be familiar with the story of Beautiful Betsy, a WWII Liberator bomber which on a routine flight between Darwin and Brisbane vanished, only to have the crash site revealed in a 1994 burn-off at the Kroombit Tops National Park.

Goovigen resident John Peacock is responsible for writing most of the song's lyrics and he's rapt to have Mr Brown voice some of the shire's history.

"From time to time, I get the opportunity to perform some of my poems for entertainment at the Goovigen hotel,” Mr Peacock said.

"With the Beautiful Betsy, Jeff has done a fantastic job putting my words to music, it's certainly a great heritage song.”

Mr Brown has been receiving great feedback after performing his song at his shows since February.

"I've been performing the song at some of my shows and it is rousing quite a bit of interest,' Mr Brown said.

"I look forward to playing it at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

"The fact that it lay undiscovered for almost 50 years made it one of Australia's great World War II mysteries.”

To order a copy of the album, go to www.jeffbrown .com.au/albums.