Pixie Jenkins

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Pixie Jenkins
Birth name Paul Blake Jenkins
Born (1957-03-21) 21 March 1957 (age 61)
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Fiddle player, singer, songwriter, entertainer
Instruments Violin, vocals
Years active 1977-present
Associated acts Buddy Williams, Digger Revell, Ryan Sampson, The Hired Hands, John Williamson, Warren H Williams
Website pixiejenkins.com

Pixie Jenkins (born Paul Blake Jenkins, 21 March 1957) is an Australian fiddle player, singer, songwriter, and entertainer.

Referred to by his stage name 'Pixie', in an article in The Australian, Pixie was referenced alongside Jimmy Little, Chad Morgan and Slim Dusty as "...an icon of Australia's country music industry".[1]

Career[edit]

Pixie Jenkins' first studio recording was on the Rick and Thel Carey recording Doing Things Together released by Hadley Records in 1977. In 1979, he was asked to join Buddy Williams' travelling roadshow. In 1981 Pixie joined 'Are You Ready For The Country', a show produced by Lester V Coombs. He joined rock 'n' roll star Digger Revell in his country show supporting Cher and Charlie Pride in 1983.

In 1984, Pixie left Sydney and joined The Hired Hands in Tamworth and the band went on to win the 1984 Australian country music awards 'Golden Guitar'[2] for Best Instrumental.[3] He joined Bullamakanka in 1985, and with the group, was awarded two further 'Golden Guitars'.[4]

In 1989, Jenkins collaborated for the first time with John Williamson, becoming a regular musician on Williamson's live tours and albums.[5] The year 1993 saw him inducted into Tamworth's Country Music Hands Of Fame.[6] 1993 and 1994 awarded him another two 'Golden Guitars',[7] and in 1995, Jenkins launched his solo career.

In 1997, Tamworth Council appointed Jenkins as an Ambassador for Country Music. He was also elected to the Country Music Association of Australia board of management.[8]

In 2000, he took up his first theatrical role as Fiddler in a production of Fiddler on the Roof at the Gold Coast Entertainment Centre, to much critical acclaim. In 2001, he took the lead role in Oklahoma!, performed again at the Gold Coast Entertainment Centre, and reprised in 2002 at the Hills Entertainment Centre in Sydney.

In 2002, he won Best Instrumental Award at the Victorian Country Music Awards, for his performance on the John Williamson track 'Cootamundra Wattle'. In October 2003, he embarked on the 'Mates On The Road Reunion Tour', an 18-month international tour, alongside John Williamson and Warren H Williams,[9] including dates in Australia, New Zealand, North America and the United Kingdom.

In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Fiddle Awards.

Pixie Jenkins and Ryan Sampson together, are a popular duo called Campfire.[10][11]

Pixie is also a weekend breakfast presenter on 88.9 FM Tamworth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/gentleman-jimmy-little-calls-it-a-day/story-e6frg8n6-1225993298737[dead link]
  2. ^ "The CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia". Country.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  3. ^ "1980's :: Country Music Australia". country.com.au. Retrieved 2017-04-02. 
  4. ^ "Pixie Jenkins". www.countrymusichalloffame.com.au. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  5. ^ "MusicMoz - Bands and Artists: W: Williamson, John: Discography: Warragul". musicmoz.org. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  6. ^ "Hands - Alphabetical". www.countrymusichalloffame.com.au. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  7. ^ "1990's :: Country Music Australia". country.com.au. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  8. ^ "Pixie Jenkins". www.countrymusichalloffame.com.au. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  9. ^ "COUNTRY MUSIC - Capital News". www.capitalnews.com.au. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  10. ^ "CAMPFIRE - RYAN SAMPSON & PIXIE JENKINS". Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Pixie Jenkins and Ryan Sampson". Retrieved September 25, 2017.