“Fraser Newcombe” Inducted Into IDSS Hall of Fame

Fraser Newcombe Inducted Into IDSS Songwriters Hall Of Fame South Africa 2020

Fraser Newcombe has been inducted into the Independent Superstars “Songwriters” Hall of Fame. Frans Maritz (Wildhorse Entertainment) signed the official certificate placing Fraser into this prestigious organization located in South Africa. Fraser has the distinct honor of being inducted into the IDSS Hall of Fame for his lifetime contribution to the Independent Music Industry as a Songwriter. Fraser is seen holding his award below in the animated Hall Of Fame, confirming his induction into the Hall Of Fame. “I am honored and thrilled to receive this 2nd prestigious award presented to me by Wildhorse Entertainment and Frans Maritz. I was overwhelmed by the previous award as A recording artist  but to receive A songwriters  award as well in the same year  with A pandemic going on worldwide puts me over the top with excitement I am so honored  to receive this Award, words cannot explain my gratitude, Thank You  Wild horse, Franz, Fans, friends, and most of all my wife and family  for making this a dream come true”-Fraser Newcombehoflogo

International Recording Artist Fraser Newcombe

Biography of Fraser Newcombe 

Fraser started work at the ripe age of 12 hauling lobster traps and earning an honest wage

A few years ago Fraser met his lovely wife, Johanna. She was the drive for this turn in his life. She surprised him with a recording session of his very first CD. It was such a success that he produced a second, a third, fourth, fifth, sixth and is now working on his seventh. Fraser now lives in the family home on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia with Johanna his wife of 13 years. He still maintains today that Johanna was the driving force behind his music success.

Fraser Newcombe is a living treasure, one of the Eastern Shore’s great musical ambassadors to the rest of the world. And after one look at Newcombe playing his unique blazing red lobster guitar, you’ll know exactly where Newcombe’s heart lies.

Newcombe’s been entertaining country music fans and dancers from his birthplace in Murphy’s Cove to TV shows in Branson, Missouri. Life in Murphy’s Cove, where Newcombe still lives, was full of music. Newcombe’s mother played the mouth organ. His father sang the old songs of Jimmy Rogers, and taught all nine kids how to step dance. There wasn’t much money, and no technology to speak of, but Newcombe describes those times as being “better back then.”

A few years ago Fraser met his lovely wife, Johanna. She was the drive for this turn in his life. She surprised him with a recording session of his very first CD. It was such a success that he produced a second, a third, fourth, fifth, sixth and is now working on his seventh. Fraser now lives in the family home on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia with Johanna his wife of 13 years. He still maintains today that Johanna was the driving force behind his music success.

He learned how to play the guitar by watching others, like his uncle, who also played the fiddle. He still has the very first guitar he ever owned. His early favorites were the songs of Hank Snow, Boxcar Willie, and Johnny Cash.

Fraser started work at the ripe age of 12, hauling lobster traps and earning an honest wage of $84 a month, which he in turn shared with his mother to keep food on the table. Newcombe’s first band was a family affair, “The Newcombeers,” with his sister on guitar and vocals, his nephew on drums, and his brother-in-law on the fiddle. They played local events, from the Wildlife Society to the American Legion.

Newcombe thought a “lobster guitar” would fit the fishing culture of Nova Scotia, but guitar makers overseas kept turning him down. Finally, he found Moncton luthier Don Fitzsimmons, who agreed to take on the job. The guitar has been a hit ever since. People line up after the show to get a close look at the unique instrument, and to take a few selfies. But not everyone sees a lobster. Down south in Arkansas, Newcombe says, “They called it a crawfish!”

After playing solo for a while, Newcombe formed the band he still plays with today, “Fraser Newcombe and the Pick of the Crop,” with Jim Francis and Bobby Chippman. They played at music festivals and community halls around Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Ship Harbour’s Donald Marks helped them get some special gigs, including opening for Johnny Cash’s brother at the Halifax Forum in 2008. (The Forum appearance prompted then-Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Ronald Chisholm to introduce a resolution congratulating “Fraser Newcombe and his band for their success in the competitive world of music and the enjoyment they bring to listeners.”)Last year in September, Mr. Newcombe took a tour of the USA with bass player Andy Crossan, where they played several TV shows in Branson, Missouri. Fraser recently had a few of his songs go to Number One on the International AirplayExpress Country and Traditional Charts earning him Gold and Platinum awards.

Fraser Newcombe Hall Of Fame Award


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 – WHISNews21



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