Australian folktronic artist Tobias and CMC and Golden Guitar award winner FannyLumsden are excited to announce they have teamed up with Rotary, and will be taking their music out on the road in July for 4 exciting shows in Central West QLD.
A mutual love and respect for Australian music and community has motivated these two celebrated artists to join forces and meet the Australian live outback audiences head on. Both Tobias and Fanny Lumsden have enjoyed much success having various singles receiving national airplay on Australian radio, along with performing at festivals throughout Australia, and sharing the stage with some of the country’s biggest names.
Tobias and Fannyn Lumsden will be kicking off their shows in Longreach on Thursday 20th July and will be making their way through a host of venues including small halls, ending the tour in the small outback town of Yaraka on Sunday 23rd July, a town boasting a population of just over 100 people! "What I love about performing music in Australia is connecting with the communities I travel too. I think both my music and Fanny's will really resonate with these audience. It’s also really exciting to team up with an organization like Rotary, it's a wonderful feeling being able to give back to a community and participate in bringing people together rather than being the 'attraction' of an event" says Tobias.
Tobias and Fanny Lumsden met when they both performed at the 2016/2017 Woodford Folk Festival and discussed the importance of not only sharing music, but using music to help community organizations for local causes that many of us may be unaware of on the east coast of Australia, like the drought. No stranger to playing to Country audiences, Fanny is looking forward to the shows in July - "we can't wait to get out and swap some stories with the folks of central Queensland! These are my favorite types of shows and it will be the first time we have got the chance to get out there and share our music!' says Fanny.
As fortuitous as meetings go, it was at a house concert in sleepy Maryborough, Qld when a Rotary member saw Tobias perform. Knowing he would be perfect for a project they were hatching, Tobias was quickly introduced to Longreach Rotary President David Phelps, and thus the idea was created. David Phelps stated this project is close to his heart and is looking forward to seeing the impact it will have on communities. "It means a lot to have Tobias and Fanny Lumsden heading out west on their drought relief tour. They will bring families and communities together who have been facing tough times for five years now. We don’t know when this drought will end, but the big rains will come eventually. The wait is easier when we know we have the support of people like Tobias and Fanny Lumsden — and yourselves in towns and cities all around Australia".
David is hoping that through these concerts they will be able to generate funds and much needed awareness for the West QLD Drought Appeal, which supports people in remote areas affected by the long drought. "They will also show how everyone can let farm families and communities know that you care, by donating to the Western Queensland Drought Appeal. The appeal is a charity established by people living the drought, for the benefit of families right across the outback", said David.
Thursday 20th July - Longreach Civic Centre – Longreach, QLD
Friday 21st July - Ilfracombe Hall – Ilfracombe, QLD
Saturday 22nd July - Isisford Hall – Isisford, QLD
Sunday 23rd July- Yaraka Hall – Yaraka, QLD
Concerts in Ilfracombe, Isisford and Yaraka are free entry. Please arrive early to guarantee your seat.
Tickets to the Longreach concert are FREE – registrations are essential. Click here to register.
Tobias took the long way around to get to the place he always needed to be, but all the experiences along the way have been invaluable. He studied history and anthropology at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, immersed himself in traditional music on the west coast of Ireland, playing in bands trying his hand at everything from grunge to ska, and saw at first-hand the dedication it took to be a professional musician while touring with some of Australia’s greatest songwriters. Tobias’ return to where he grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland opened a deep creative well and helped him realise he was finally doing exactly what he should be doing, writing songs and sharing them with the world.
Releasing his latest album in November 2016,‘Alive’ follows on from Tobias’ 2015 debut album ‘Toby Robinson’,where he explored some of his passion for folk music and Australian history. ‘Alive’ is more personal - "Alive sums it up in a word, alive as a songwriter, alive to these experiences, feeling the grief and then finally feeling that things are going to work out. It can take courage to get up there and share so much of yourself in your stories and your songs but it's what I should be doing.''
Tobias recently released his latest up tempo single ‘When The Sun Comes Up Again’, which went straight to No.1 on the Amrap Charts, and remained in the Top 10 for 4 weeks. This followed on from the release of his single ‘Just a Boy’, about his memories of growing up on the Sunshine Coast after losing his mother at the tender age of 14.
Tobias has received national airplay on stations including ABC Local Radio Network (60+ stations), PBS FM, SYN FM, ABC Coast FM and JJJ amongst others. Tobias has toured and appeared in many festivals across Australia, co-writing and sharing the stage alongside artists such as Jen Cloher, Missy Higgins, Jordie Lane, Neko Case, Archie Roach, Mark Seymour, Eddie Reader and Toni Childs, just to name a few.
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ABOUT FANNY LUMSDEN:
Hailing from a farm in western NSW Fanny Lumsden is ‘a breath of fresh country air’ according to Rolling Stone Magazine and has just been named QANTAS New Talent Of The Year at the recent CMAA Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth & CMC New Talent of the Year at the CMC Awards.
Her debut, crowdfunded record Small Town Big Shot, produced by award winning Matt Fell, debuted at #6 on the ARIA Chart and went on to be nominated for Best Country Album at the 2016 ARIA Awards. All three of her singles from the record went to #1 on CMC with her single Land of Gold reaching #3 on the CMC top 100 for 2016 and gaining the highest Australian placed film clip for the year. Independent and with three Golden Guitar nominations & three CMC Award nominations under her belt it’s no wonder ‘I love Fanny’ is the words on everyone’s lips.
No stranger to the road, 2016 saw Fanny and her right hand man Dan Stanley Freeman drive over 70,00kms living their little caravan playing shows from Tasmania to Broome and back again and then heading straight back out on the road for festivals and their sold out Country Halls Tour. Now in its 6th year the Country Halls Tour has featured at more than 40 regional and remote halls, raising money for them as they go.
As The Music put it Fanny has ‘never failed to leave an imprint on an audience by way of her personality and performance.’ It’s cracking alt country with a whole lot of heart.
**** 4 Stars - Rolling Stone Magazine
**** 4 Stars - Sydney Morning Herald.
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