Watch the New Video from The Bushwackers, “Waltzing Australia”

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Legendary bush band The Bushwackers have released the video for their new track “Waltzing Australia”. The video features guest vocals from the likes of Sara Storer and John Williamson alongside The Bushwackers’ Dobe Newton as well as a “bush choir” of backing vocals from some of Australian country and folk musics biggest names.

Check out the video below and see how many faces you recognise:

The Bushwackers will be making their way up to Tamworth for the Tamworth Country Music Festival this month. If you’re in town for the festival make sure you check out one of their shows:

Saturday 20th January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 21st January – The Dag Sheep Station, Nundle, NSW
Tuesday 23rd January – Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 25th January – Shoppingworld, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 26th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 27th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 28th January – The Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Listen to the New Single from The Bushwackers “Waltzing Australia”

The Bushwackers
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The latest single from The Bushwackers’ new album The Hungry Mile is the song “Waltzing Australia”.

Written by singer-songwriter Colin Buchanan about the migrant experience, the track features guest vocals from Sara Storer and John Williamson alongside Dobe Newton.

Check out “Waltzing Australia” below:

Fanny Lumsden Announces Tamworth 2016 Headline Shows

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After a massive 2015 it looks like Fanny Lumsden is showing no signs of slowing down with the announcement of several Tamworth Country Music Festival headline dates including support slots with Sara Stora.

Fanny Lumsden released her debut album Small Town Big Shot this year and it’s been growing great guns for her. The Tamworth shows are just the icing on the cake for Lumsden after all her recent successes – check out the full list of Tamworth dates below:

Monday 18th January – Frog and Toad w/ Ted Egan & his Country Mates
Monday 18th January – Fanzone Stage, Peel St
Tuesday 19th January – The Family Hotel w/ Lachlan Bryan + Gretta Ziller + more
Tuesday 19th January – Frog and Toad w/ Ted Egan + Pete Denahy + Sara Storer
Wednesday 20th January – Late Night Alt at the Tudor Hotel
Thursday 21st January – Blazes Showroom at Wests supporting Sara Storer
Friday 22nd January – Capitol Theatre, The Songwriters Round
Friday 22nd January – Longyard Deck
Saturday 23rd January – Longyard Goonoo Goonoo Room supporting Sara Storer

First Round Of Artists Announced for Port Fairy Folk Festival 2016

Mary Black
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It looks like we’re well and truly into that time of year when the major folk festivals start announcing their lineups. The next cab off the rank is the Port Fairy Folk Festival, arguably one of Australia’s top folk events, which next year will be held from the 11th to the 14th March.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival enters its 40th year in 2016 so as you’d expect the lineup is going to be huge. The first round of artists did not disappoint either – announced this time around were Ayleen O’Hanlon, Claymore, DakhaBrakha (Ukraine), Dave Arden, Eric Bogle, Fourplay, Grigoryan Brothers, John McCutcheon (USA), Katie Noonan’s Vanguard, Lloyd Spiegel, Manran (Scotland), Mary Black (Ireland, above), Moxie (Ireland), Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, Pierce Brothers, Ruby Boots, Steve Poltz (USA), Sara Storer, Shellie Morris, Suzannah Espie, The Bushwackers, The East Pointers (Canada), The Ugly Uncles, Truckstop Honeymoon (USA), Three Kings, The Woohoo Revue and The Young’uns (UK) with plenty more to come.

Tickets for the 2016 Port Fairy Folk Festival are already on sale. Check out the official web site for more information.

Kasey Chambers Sweeps Golden Guitars

Kasey Chambers
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Australia’s queen of country, Kasey Chambers, has no doubt woken up smiling this morning after taking out four Golden Guitars at last night Country Music Awards including Song of the Year for “Little Bird”. The other big names who also took out awards included Lee Kernaghan, Sara Storer and The McClymonts.

A full list of winners is below:

Best album
Planet Country – Lee Kernaghan
Best male artist
Graeme Connors
Best female artist
Kasey Chambers
Best new talent
McAlister Kemp
Best group or duo
The McClymonts
Best vocal collaboration
“Love Like a Hurricane” – Kasey Chambers and Kevin Bennett
Best heritage song
“Sacred Bones” – written by Luke Austen and Troy Cassar-Daley, sung by Luke Austen
Best instrumental
“Dixie Breakdown” – Ian Simpson and John Kane
Song of the year
“Little Bird” – Kasey Chambers
Best video clip
“Calling Me Home” – Sara Storer
Horizon award
The Sunny Cowgirls
Best single
“Little Bird” – Kasey Chambers
Best bush ballad
“Every Time He Travels Through Cloncurry” – written by Peter Denahy, sung by Luke Austen
Top selling album
Planet Country – Lee Kernaghan

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