Singer gives ‘Flat’ an edge

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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.

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