Singer gives ‘Flat’ an edge
By CORAL COOKSLEY
A PACKED Osbornes Flat hall was alive with the sound of vibrant country music when an award-winning Australian singer entertained a huge crowd recently.
Country music singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden – who was nominated for last year’s ARIA Awards with her album ‘Small Town Big Shot’ – performed with her band, Thrillseekers, for 150 people who packed the hall.
The album also delivered a ‘Golden guitar’ for the musician at Tamworth Country Music Festival.
She also won an award for the best new artist and a professional development prize.
Ms Lumsden said the recognition had amazed her.
She said the annual Country Halls National Tour of weekend performances, in which Osbornes Flat featured, started six years ago as a fundraiser for BlazeAid’s work in the NSW Riverina.
She has travelled more than 100,000 kilometres since April last year but loves connecting with regional and remote communities.
“We love to keep our performances personal for our fans, too,” Ms Lumsden said.
Across Australia about 40 hall committees had applied to host a tour this year.
Osbornes Flat Hall was the fourth show in a line-up of 33 for a tour that ends in March next year.
Dan Freeman, Ms Lumsden’s husband, plays double-base in the band looks after graphic design, their record label, Red Dirt, and tour productions.
“We do it all ourselves with crowd funding,” Ms Lumsden said.
The country singer lives near Corryong, grew up on a farm in western NSW and was schooled at Albury’s Scots College.