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Community & Business

7 December, 2020

Live music is back and thriving

Live music is back in the country with headline acts appearing across the region over the weekend.

By Telden Nelson

Fanny Lumsden performing at Curban Hall on Friday, November 27

After trying twice before and having disaster strike each time, Curban Community Hall finally hosted ARIA award winning artist, Fanny Lumsden. Organiser Anne Younghusband said it was a “brilliant performance”.

“This was the third time we’d try to have her here, the first time there were bush-fires down where she lived and then COVID hit, so it was very exciting for us to get her here,” said Mrs Younghusband.

Local singer Brianna Duncan opened for Ms Lumsden, her performance earning her plaudits from the 100-person strong crowd. 

“Brianna was just brilliant, she should be a professional. She was very, very good,” said Mrs Younghusband.

“Fanny was also great, her song writing, the singing and band were excellent, the lead guitarist is very gifted. They were fantastic, they’re definitely worth going back for a second watch if the chance arises, I can’t praise them enough,” she said.

Over at the Armatree Hotel, another award-winning artist put on a show with Golden Guitar winner Adam Harvey capping off three live music events in the month of November for the pub.

Owner Ashley Walker said that having Adam Harvey was the finale to their Great Southern Nights performance roster with local Brad Haling and country music star Clancy Pye performing previously.

“He’s such a good entertainer, from doing his own songs to a couple of John Denver’s and Slim Dusty’s in amongst,” said Mr Walker.

Local singer Brianna Duncan opening for Fanny Lumsden in Curban.

“We had over 230 people there, despite the heat, but were lucky enough to have the stage set up in a way that gave us a bit of a windbreak and some shade.

“For us as a business and for our community it was really well-supported by people outside of the area."

“We had a lot of travellers into the Gilgandra region, we had over 40 people come from Wellington. The benefit was that hopefully they spent a dollar on their way through.”

The Great Southern Nights music event aimed to have 1000 music gigs across NSW.

In March next year, the Armatree Hotel will be bringing back their popular Tracks at the Tree event after it had to be cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

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