Fanny Lumsden bringing Country Halls Tour to Deepwater

BACK ON THE ROAD: Fanny Lumsden's is returning to the region to play at Deepwater School of Arts Hall on Sunday. Picture: Peter Hardin
BACK ON THE ROAD: Fanny Lumsden's is returning to the region to play at Deepwater School of Arts Hall on Sunday. Picture: Peter Hardin

Late last year, Golden Guitar winner Fanny Lumsden had to postpone a Glen Innes gig in the wake of the Wytaliba bushfire.

Since then she has been through her own bushfire battle.

Lumsden's village made international news as the place where two fires on the NSW and Victorian borders united to form a 600,000-hectare mega-fire.

The entertainer had to cancel some of her Country Halls Tour shows to stay and defend her property.

"I shut off the world for a few weeks there," Lumsden said.

"We have been so fortunate I can't even believe it, my house and around it didn't burn.

"Where our valley is was cut-off in all directions so they evacuated emergency personnel, there were no firefighters just local farmers there to protect their properties."

Now she is back on the road, and we will be back in region to play at Deepwater School of Arts Hall on Sunday.

Lumsden has played country halls for the last eight years.

Their previous country hall concert in New England was at Ben Lomond at the beginning of 2018.

The first Country Halls tour, held in 2012 with three shows in the Riverina, raised money for charity BlazeAid.

She held her first country hall concert near her hometown in southern NSW, as a one-off eight years ago, after a flood damaged the halls and washed away fences.

She headed home to put on free shows in the hall at Tallimba, near West Wyalong, where she had performed in school concerts as a child.

There she performed for volunteers from the BlazeAid group, who were rebuilding fences in the area.

That show collected donations for BlazeAid and fencing supplies.

The one-off concert has now become an annual tour.

"It's kept going, because every time we do it, people come up and say 'you've got to play this hall next time', and until all the halls run out I think we'll keep going," Ms Lumsden said when she played at Ben Lomond.

  • The Deepwater concert starts at 5pm. Tickets are available at Ticketebo.com.au.

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