Fanny Lumsden

ARIA Award, 8x Golden Guitar, AIR Award winning Australian artist Fanny Lumsden released her third studio album, Fallow, on Cooking Vinyl Australia/Red Dirt Road Records, which took out Best Country Album at the 2020 ARIA Awards, and swept the field taking home five CMAA Golden Guitar Awards including Album of the year, Female artist of the year, Single of the year (Fierce), Video clip of the year and Alt Country Album of the year, was shortlisted to the Australian Music Prize top 9 albums of 2020 and was nominated for Album of the year and Country Album of the Year at the AIR awards  -  not a bad feat after being released the week we all went into lockdown in Australia.

Along with her husband Dan Stanley Freeman she runs her own Record Label and Production company – Red Dirt Road and hugely successful touring brand – The Country Halls Tour selling out over 180 halls all over Australia, all which is no small feat for a self-managed artist.

The last 12 months did not slow Fanny down releasing fallow which debuted at #10 on the ARIA charts, she appeared on Play School Showtime, ABC’s The Set with You Am I, was one of 12 Aussies in Global Music Match, became a Support Act Advocate, became a volunteer firefighter, wrote and produced a documentary telling the story of Fallow through the summer of bushfires and recording her album in a stone hut and also managed to pull off a sold-out theatre tour across Australia in the wake of a pandemic here in Australia. Fanny was also named 2021 Albury Local Woman of the Year for the Hume Shire for her work with regional communities.

In her own lane, Fanny is forging a career that is distinctively hers and changing up how ‘things are done’.

‘It’s like she’s harnessed the greatest attributes of Gillian Welch and Dolly Parton’ - Chris Familton, The Music.

‘Lumsden is a songwriter who knows exactly what she wants to say and how she wants to present herself and her art’ - Andrew McMillian, The Australian.

Born and bred on a farm in western NSW, 600km from the nearest City, Fanny Lumsden grew up riding horses, helping out on the farm and living a seemingly idyllic Aussie Country upbringing with her family. Music was a big part of the Lumsden house hold with everyone playing instruments and singing and there was never any doubt that Fanny was a born show pony. Having completed her AMEB grades on Piano, and studied Music at High school Fanny went away for a while to study a Bachelor of Rural Science at UNE before making the move to Sydney where she started playing around the local scene, going to Songwriter nights. It was from there she met her band members The Thrillseekers and from there where the real Fanny Lumsden story begins.

9 years later she has an ARIA Award (+ 2 other ARIA nominated Albums), 8x CMAA Golden Guitars, An AMP shortlisted (top 9) album, 3 ARIA chart topping albums, an AIR Award a CMC Award, her own Record Label - Red Dirt Road Records and her own hugely successful touring brand - The Country Halls Tour.

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