Western NSW born, singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden is taking her national and outback tour to Tullamore this month. But this won’t be any ordinary performance.
While many artists usually hope to play in big arenas for hundreds of thousands of people, Ms Lumsden’s tour will see her play in country community halls across the state and beyond for the local community.
And what makes her’s even more special is money raised either on the door or through local raffles or barbecues will all go back to that town’s community hall.
On Friday, September 29 at 6.30pm, Tullamore War Memorial Hall will greatly benefit from Ms Lumsden’s visit.
“The 60-year-old hall was not in good shape with years of poor maintenance and low occupancy,” Tullamore Inc secretary Emma Williams said.
“It was barely meeting insurance and operating costs each year.”
The Tullamore Hall Committee has worked hard to restore and rejuvenate the hall to save it from falling further into disrepair over the last five years.
Success in small grants made such upgrades possible, with more recently the announcement of funding by the NSW Government Community War Memorials Grant giving the last final funds required to finish off the works.
A new lick of paint both inside and out, new disabled bathroom facility, new corrugated iron roof, and new kitchen facilities has seen the Tullamore hall undergo a transformation to its former glory years.
It is also at its highest ever capacity with the introduction of the first 24hr Parkes Shire Library, Tullamore Men’s shed, home of the popular Tullamore gymnastics and fitness club and community events. The hall is providing a space for industry and home for groups within the town.
Ms Williams said the hall committee was very excited to hear their application to be included in Ms Lumsden’s sixth annual Country Halls Tour was successful.
Ms Lumsden’s debut album ‘Small Town’ was nominated for an ARIA and her follow-up album, ‘Real Class Act’, which will be released on September 22 was crowd funded and will be released on her and her husband Dan Stanley Freeman’s own record label Red Dirt Road Records.
Sticking to the independent route is what Ms Lumsden is all about. The release on the latest album will coincide with the kickoff of the tour and will see the CMC best new talent and Golden Guitar winner and her husband travel around in their 1978 Millard Caravan.
“I’m just really looking forward to getting to play in the halls and meet the people who live in those towns and hearing their stories,” she said.
Ms Lumsden grew up in the small town of Tallimba, in NSW, so she understands just how special it is for regional and rural people to have artists play in their communities.
“The halls sell out… people drive from the next town just to come out,” Ms Lumsden said.
“It’s so great for me to get this insight into these communities.”
A total of 40 communities halls applied for Ms Lumsden’s tour to come to their hometown. Whatever money is raised will go towards repairing or restoring the community hall.
“This is such an exciting and unique fundraising event for our local area,” Ms Williams said.
“Fanny is really in touch with rural and remote Australia and the associated trials and tribulations that small communities and farming families face.”
Ms Lumsden will be play in Mullaley on September 23, Tullamore on Friday, September 29. The following day will see her play at the Marra Community Hall and on October 6, she’ll perform in Rankin Springs.
For more information and ticket sales visit www.countryhallstour.com.