★★★★ - 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, they make it her own.”
Rolling Stone Magazine.
Five years on from the release of her debut EP, Fanny Lumsden is hitting new highs with her second album, ‘Real Class Act’ debuting #1 on the ARIA Country Album chart and #23 on the ARIA All-Genre chart and recently took out the Australian Independent Record Associations Country Album of the year.
The new crowd funded album ‘Real Class Act’ which was released on Fanny’s own label, Red Dirt Road Records, and was one of only eight Australian artist albums to hit the top of the Country charts in 2017 and the only independent release to reach #1. 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.
The chart debut is another highlight in an already stellar year for the Tumbarumba based singer-songwriter who received both the Golden Guitar Award and CMC Award for Best New Talent along with the 2017 APRA Professional Development Award (Country) and was nominated for an ARIA Award for Country Album of the Year in 2016, with her debut Small Town Big Shot.
No stranger to the road the past 18 months have seen Fanny and her husband, band mate and business partner Dan Stanley Freeman traverse over 150,000km in their little caravan playing shows all over the country. Along with their first class band The Thrillseekers are currently on their 6th Annual Country Halls Tour which has so far been a sold out cracking good time!
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.’
Nominated for three Golden Guitars in the upcoming CMAA Golden Guitar Awards in Tamworth and three Country Music Channel Awards, its no wonder ‘I love Fanny’ is on everybody’s lips.
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.
7 years later she has an ARIA nominated Album, an ARIA Chart topping album, a Golden Guitar, a CMC Award her own Record Label - Red Dirt Road Records and her own hugely successful touring brand - The Country Halls Tour.
Past accolades/Brag worthy:
#1 ARIA Country Album
AIR Country Album of the year 2018
ARIA 2016 Nominee for Best Country Album of the Year
Golden Guitar for New Talent of the Year 2017
CMC Award Winner for New Artist of the Year 2017
APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award 2017 (Country)
AU Awards Winner for Country & Americana Artist of the Year 2016
2017 SophOmore - REAL CLASS ACT
Debuted at #1 on the ARIA Country Charts, #23 overall ARIA Charts, #3 AIR CHARTS, #1 Country iTunes charts.
AIR Country Album of the Year '17/'18
Nominated for Alt -Country Album of the Year - CMAA Golden Guitar Awards 2018
- Crowd funded & released on Fanny's own Independent label - Red Dirt Road Records.
- Single ROLL ON charted in the top ten for 27 weeks on Australian Country Radio peaking at #3 behind Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt and Kiss Somebody by Morgan Evans. Second most played single on KIX COUNTRY RADIO for 2017 behind 'Kiss Somebody' by Morgan Evans
- Singles ROLL ON + ELASTIC WAISTBAND both went #1 on Country Music Channel.
- ROLL ON Film clip nominated for Video Clip of the year at CMAA Golden Guitar awards + CMC Awards 2018
- Single ROLL ON nominated for Bush Heritage song of the year CMAA Golden Guitar Awards
★★★★ - Sydney Morning Herald. "If there's a twang to her airy voice and abundant pedal steel and country licks, there's also a folky warmth and lightfootedness here that's more reminiscent of Josh Pyke than Keith Urban."
Post to Wire - “...What Lumsden does cleverly is paint pop colours and shapes over a roots music framework, but while doing so she also addresses some weighty and important issues..” READ FULL REVIEW
The Brag - "Lumsden is the future of Australian Country Music" READ FULL REVIEW
Blank GC - "This is what we need in Australian country music right now; original instrumental intros and vibrant music production swirling with clever lyrics that are too good to throw away." READ FULL REVIEW
DEBUT Album - Small Town Big shot
DEBUTED AT #6 on ARIA COUNTRY CHARTS, #15 ON AIR CHARTS AND PEAKED AT #20 ON iTUNES COUNTRY CHARTS
- Crowd funded, released on Social Family Records.
- Singles SOAPBOX, LAND OF GOLD, BRAVEST OF HEARTS + TOTEM TENNIS all charted at #1 on Country Music Channel
★★★★ - Rolling Stone Magazine - '...a breath of fresh country air' READ FULL REVIEW
★★★★ - Sydney Morning Herald - "feels like proper country music, but the warm, organic production and Lumsden's warmth and humanity might actually win over fans who would usually prefer folky pop" READ FULL REVIEW
The AU Review - 'hugely impressive debut that brims with Fanny’s vivacious personality and an abundance of talent.' READ FULL REVIEW
Post To Wire - 'strong and honest song writing' READ FULL REVIEW
The Music - 'This is the sound of road trains on the edge of town.' READ FULL REVIEW
Beef Week 2018, Music in the Mulga 2018, Broadbeach Country Music Festival 2017, Out on the Weekend festival 2017, Majors Creek Festival 2017, Gympie Muster Music Festival 2017 and 2016, Urban Country Music Festival 2016, Darwin Festival 2014, Sydney Festival 2014, Peats Ridge Festival 2012/2013, Secret Garden Festival 2013, Gulgong Folk Festival 2013, Newtown Festival, The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival 2012-2015, Tamworth Country Music Festival 2014- 2018, Cygnet Folk Festival 2014, Vivid Sydney, Sydney Fringe Festival & guested at Port Fairy Folk Festival 2014.