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Coun­try singer Diana Trask hopes fans old and new will join her for a singalong and “booty shake” dur­ing her farewell Aus­tralia tour.

Trask will com­bine favourites such as Oh Boy, Hold On Coun­try Bump­kin and Lock, Stock and Teardrops with her lat­est work at Twin Towns to­mor­row night.

Now a res­i­dent of Georgia, Trask was among the first Aus­tralian singers to break into the US mar­ket but will soon call time on tour­ing.

“I’m 200 years old, at least … it’s just time,” Trask jokes.

“It is a long trip to Aus­tralia and it is a bit of a strug­gle some­times to push the old en­gine to get go­ing, but once I do get out there, I do love it.”

Trask’s ca­reer be­gan in 1958 when she won a tal­ent quest and went on to sing on In Mel­bourne Tonight and then to tour Aus­tralia with Frank Si­na­tra.

She raised her pro­file with tours of the UK, Europe, Ja­pan and Las Ve­gas.

Through­out the 1960s and ’70s Trask ex­pe­ri­enced great suc­cess in Amer­ica.

“When I first came over to Amer­ica, no­body re­ally knew where Aus­tralia was,” she says. “They thought I was Aus­trian.

“They were amazed I spoke English. But they even­tu­ally gave their hearts to me.”

She per­formed on many US TV shows in­clud­ing The Johnny Cash Show.

“The first time I saw John Cash on stage, all you saw was this man and this elec­tric­ity and he was hyp­no­tis­ing,” she says.

Trask spent two decades hap­pily re­tired from mu­sic but af­ter the death of her hus­band Tom six years ago she re­turned to mu­sic for com­fort.

Now at 75, she still has the voice that took her all the way to the US 57 years ago.

Trask says she hopes au­di­ences will have a good time at to­mor­row’s show.

“We hope to hear some singing,” she says.

Diana Trask.

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