7 years ago I convinced my city dwelling/hipster band to jump in a borrowed van and head out to the bush to put on a three free shows in three halls to raise some money for BLAZEAID, who were rebuilding fences for farmers after a particularly bad bout of floods. Little did we know that this would end up being an annual pilgrimage to halls near and far!
Fast forward 7 years, we are about to head into out 7th Country Halls Tour and have brought our Country Halls Tour show to over 70 halls throughout regional and remote Australia.
Built on the back of communities getting together we endeavour to bring a full shebang of a show with our whole band (The Thrillseekers) to remote and lesser used halls throughout Australia. So instead of people having to travel for a whole day to the city, pay for accom etc and spend thousands to see live music, we bring it to their backdoor... or local hall in this case. We also feature local artists/musicians/dance trroops/poets etc. from your areas, and have options to put on workshops for the school or greater community where needed.
Each hall gathers their community together and with help of local community groups like the P&C or footy club and puts on a feed and maybe a bar and hosts our 'all- in - community - night - out' - and hell what a good time we have.
Having grown up on a farm in western NSW, attended a small school in the little village of Tallimba, where the only action the Hall saw was the CWA fate,
The Country Halls Tour is an annual event, thats now in its 6th year, where we take our 'all-in-community-night-out' to halls in regional and remote Australia. Raising funds for the halls as we go, we just love bringing a night of live music and story telling to your halls and putting on something that is usually reserved for the big towns and cities. With my band the Thrillseekers in tow and all the bells and whistles of our 'country halls show', we love getting out and meeting you all, seeing your fantastic old halls, locating the picture of the queen and learning all about your communities. We feature young local artists and also often put on workshops in the towns as we go through. I feel ridiculously lucky to be doing this tour every year and all of you coming out to see it.
The tour is an application based tour where the Halls Apply to host and we do our darnedest to get to as many as we can make possible. Over the past 6 years we have played in over 70 halls in total and only ever played in the same hall twice!
HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who helped make the past Country Halls Tours a MASSIVE success! With almost all the nights sold out or at capacity we couldn't be more proud and wrapped with how the past few years have gone. It is a privilege for us to be able to come and play in your wonderful halls to you and your wonderful communities.
Applications for the 7th Country Halls Tour will be open in AUGUST. In the meantime have a browse below and make sure you follow us on Instagram ( @countryhallstour) + Facebook (@fannylumsden) and sign up to the newsletter to keep up to date with everything!
Fanny and Dan. x