Raised in Western NSW, Fanny Lumsden is a ‘breath of fresh country air’ according to Rolling Stone Magazine & is hitting new highs with her second album, ‘Real Class Act’. Crowd funded and released on her own label, Red Dirt Road Records, the crowd funded album debuted #1 on the ARIA Country Chart, making Fanny the only independent artist to top the charts & one of only 8 Australian artists to reach #1 in 2017 and #23 on the all-genre chart.
Along with an ARIA nomination for Real Class Act, Fanny recently took home the ‘Independent Country Album of the Year’ at the Aus Indie (AIR) Awards, to add to her ‘New Talent of the Year’ at the Golden Guitar Awards, ‘New Oz Artist of the Year’ at the Country Music Channel Awards plus the ‘Professional Development Award’ for Country Music from APRA, all in 2017. Following up an ARIA nomination for Best Country Album for her debut album ‘Small Town Big Shot’.
Fanny has also just returned from the 2019 Golden Guitar awards in Tamworth where she and her team received the Golden Guitar for the CMC Video Clip of the year for her song Elastic Waistband.
Her single ‘Roll on’ from the album went to #1 on CMC and also was the highest Aussie film clip for the year in their top 100, coming in at #3, and has been in the top ten radio charts for 18 weeks running.
No stranger to the road Fanny & her husband Dan have clocked up 150,000km across regional Australia on their self-produced Country Halls Tour selling out halls & celebrating live original music throughout Australia. The Tour is now in its 7th year having reached over 70 halls thus far throughout Regional Australia and with over 60 new halls applying to host this year, she shows no signs of slowing down.
The live show is an insight into the ‘gentle rhythms of regional Australia’ presenting it the ‘way it is rather than the way it was’ (Rolling Stone) and what’s more, it is exciting, inclusive and downright fun. Featuring totem tennis matches, hills hoists and an overall ‘hell of a time’ Fanny is as Chris Familton puts it; ‘a born entertainer with a voice that swings between pop, soul and country and by surrounding herself with fine musicians (The Thrillseekers) she’s never failed to leave an imprint on an audience by way of her personality and performance.’
Tallimba, New South Wales
We like to think we know a thing of two about music but we’re going to quote Rolling Stone for the beginning of this interview with the humble and gorgeous Fanny Lumsden.
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
EDWINA MARGARET ’FANNY’ LUMSDEN DIFFERENTIATES HERSELF FROM AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY PEERS WITH HER CLEAR-EYED, UNVARNISHED ARTICULATION OF LIFE IN THE BUSH AS IT IS, RATHER THAN AS IT WAS… A BREATH OF FRESH COUNTRY AIR.
She plays Australiana, but it’s a new kind, she makes it her own.