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 from ticket sales go back into 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.
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.
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.
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.
The CMC best new talent and Golden Guitar winner is looking forward to the tour.
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,” she said.
A total of 40 communities halls applied for Ms Lumsden’s tour to come to their hometown.
“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.”
For more information and ticket sales visit www.countryhallstour.com.