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SIMON & TAMMY LONDON

Hailing from the south coast of WA, Simon and Tammy have made isolation work for them. Their debut CD Dont Leave No Light On For Me was mostly written and recorded wherever their hats were hung at the time – in a tiny Swedish apartment, a caravan, bedrooms and back rooms of weatherboard rentals along the coast. Songs of yearning and restlessness, of sun-drenched paddocks, highway miles and remote beaches-in full flight, opener ‘Live On In The Lives of Those We’re Not’ finds us at a small-town funeral piecing together the pieces of the life of the man we’re there to bury, ‘Spirit Calling’ gives goose bumps and the cold light of a northern hemisphere winter, and several songs reek of the numerous forms of unnameable angst that drives us away and propels us home.

Tammy’s voice harks all the way aback to gospel holler, but there is also a disarming clarion presence, as much Aretha as Emmylou, and with big bites of gritty Telecaster, Simon’s road-hardened, blues-gravel lows and soaring upper register interwine with Tammy’s to evoke a contemporary Carter-Cash-esque duo.

FANNY LUMSDEN

A lass that can shoot a gun, ride a horse and write songs … all while driving a tractor – Fanny Lumsden is the genuine article. With her impeccable voice and timeless songwriting, Fanny and her band, the Thrillseekers deliver a ‘kick-arse country hoedown’ that combines pure country twang, hints of bluegrass and a whole lot of alt-country heart. Her songs mix sass and substance in equal parts and draw from her family life in rural Australia. Born and raised on a farm in western NSW and now regularly touring across Australia, Fanny has been creating ’much needed country-good times’ (TimeOut Sydney) with her Thrillseekers, made up of some of Sydney’s finest musicians. Fanny’s ability to appeal to all demographics has seen her tour from Tasmania to Darwin, her charm and energy sweeping all before her. 2014 saw the Thrillseekers’ self-produced and managed Third Annual Country Halls Tour which had people driving hundreds of k’s for a night of live music with Fanny. 2015 has started with hugely successful debut at Tamworth Festival, and Fanny and her right-hand man Dan Stanley Freeman are currently touring NSW & Victoria on their House gig tour, capturing hearts one lounge room at a time. Thanks to a super successful crowd funding campaign Fanny and the Thrillseekers are currently in the studio with highly acclaimed producer Matt Fell, cutting their debut album which has been named by the AU Review as one of the 15 most anticipated albums of 2015 and by influential folk/country blog Timber and Steel as one of the top 10 bands to watch in 2015. Self-managed, independent and utterly authentic, Fanny and the boys have a bright and busy future ahead of them.

JEANIE

Jeanie, are a duo from Melbourne bringing a smart, new brand of country pop music to the scene, comprised of  Olivia Phyland (Vocals), and Aaron D’Arcy (vocals/guitar).

Performing and music have always been the focus of Aaron and Olivia’s work. After making it through rounds of auditions, Olivia landed a role as a presenter on ABC3.  Aaron had worked as a music composer for various TV productions, and they met whilst both working on the same production.

Their storytelling style, the male and female vocals and the strong guitar accompaniment is a timeless combination –   The pair combines effortlessly, their voices as one, complimenting each other over D’Arcy’s guitar.

Their first single, ‘You’ll Be With Me Till I Die,’ heralds the arrival of a smart, new brand of country pop music, its bouncy acoustic guitar riff and soaring vocals reminiscent of any number of Nashville bars scattered along the fabled Music Row, pedal steel sliding in and out in the background, xylophone tinkles adding a sprightly edge to create an instant foot-tapper. Jeanie’s debut EP Crazy is available now through ABC Music.

MELANIE DYER

A country girl born and raised in the small country town of Mount Russell, about a half hour from Inverell in northern NSW, Dyer has listened to country music her whole life, She plays acoustic guitar and writes songs from an honest place. Part of her is a front row fan at a Taylor Swift concert; the other is a closet lover of all cheesy 90’s music and pop boy bands. Drawing truth from who she is and what she loves, a fusion of country and pop sounds were created and is identifiable across the songs on her newly launched debut EP Lifetime. Melanie captured Australia with a standing ovation from all four super star judges; Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem, Seal and Joel Madden in the very first episode of the first year of chart-topping reality show ‘The Voice’. In 2012 Melanie was named ‘The One That Got Away’ when she performed her original song at the Blind Auditions. At the conclusion of that series of The Voice, she was signed to Universal Music’s Mercury Records label. Moving to Sydney, the songstress soon began working on her original music with producer Lindsay Rimes (The McClymonts, Tina Arena and Taylor Henderson) to produce Lifetime. The EP shows off Mel’s fresh, fun and ‘feel-good’ take on country. The lead single and title track is about wanting to show a guy that he belongs with you, but you can’t catch a break because of that typical type who’s always got him blindsided and wrapped around her finger. Dyer has put together a band that features Thomas Waller on Drums and Jacob Benko on guitar and having just completed a string of dates through NSW, the next plan is to gig Queensland after a whirlwind tour of Tasmania mid-winter. The EP Lifetime is available through iTunes (Dog Whistle Music / Mercury)