Zeta Burns
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Octogenarian still going strong

BORN in 1928 in the town of Ayr North Queensland, Zeta Burns' musical career began at the age of 10 when she sang along with Dorothy Juniper.

Her grandfather bought her first guitar in 1945 and a year later Zeta traded it in for a Gibson and began entertaining, appearing in concerts, vaudeville shows and live on radio.

Between 1945 and 1948 Zeta worked in and across Toowoomba and became known as “Queensland's Yodeling Cowgirl”. In 1948 she began touring full time with a travelling tent show, going on to work with many top artists of the day including Monty Fayne, Dusty Rankin, Ron Peter and Joan Ridgeway.

In 1984, Zeta began recording and has performed the length and breadth of the country and was also guest artist for Jo Bjelke-Peterson and his 800 strong crowd at Caloundra.

At the age of 80, Zeta Burns is the oldest female in the country music industry to come out of the old time travelling tent shows, who is still recording and performing.

Zeta released another CD in April this year.

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