Born out of an act of God, the holy trinity known as Gods Cowboys roamed the comedy plains of Australia from 1992-96.
Slim, the snake oil preacher; Buck, the desperado deacon; and Billy, the free range altar boy, cowboy evangelists who spread their love-thy-neighbour eat meat doctrine and converted festival and TV audiences into believers across the country from roast to roast.
Gods Cowboys are George Catsi, David Delves and John Knowles. The boys have not performed together as a trio since splitting up following their infamous national tour with Red Symonds and Melinda Schneider promoting Horizon cigarettes.
The show began as a comedic take on masculinity (generally a lack thereof), popular culture and politics wrapped around a satirical look at God and religions – songs, spit and satire. An all singing, all dancing country church service mash-up that formed its own genre – Cowbaret. Their congregation grew. At one point they were enlisted to bolster Sydney’s Olympics bid.
Ronelle Knowles, well-known Sydney a cappella choir director and wife of John Knowles who plays Billy in Gods Cowboys, was recently diagnosed with incurable cancer. This reunion and fundraiser aims to provide John, Ronelle and their four young children some financial assistance in the uncertain days ahead.