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"HELLO WORLD...THIS IS TAMWORTH CALLING"
In recent years the Tamworth Country Music Festival has enjoyed a growing presence on the Web, although webcasts have mostly been limited to the live webcams watching over Peel Street and the finals of the Telstra Road To Tamworth competition. This year there has been a lot more to watch and some of these items may be archived for future enjoyment as well.
...an explosion of festival web events!
A brand new site - TamworthCountryMusic.com.au - has pulled together a huge amount of material and links to help create a central source of information on the Festival, which is now so huge and diverse. This included podcasts of the Golden Guitar finalists, streaming of Radio 2TM and listings of over 1500 festival gigs.
At The Pub, one of the Bill Chambers Sessions featured the Trevor Warner Bluegrass show. Michael Vidale was not only slapping the bass, but also coordinating his team who beamed the show live to world, reporting viewers in West Virginia, Hawaii and Alaska, to name but a few. Trevor Warner and Michael Vidale are pictured above contemplating song requests from the on-line audience.
Beth Brown was a busy lady reporting at many events, with a live link to the Texas Broadcasting Network site that relayed shows such as the TIARAs, during which they reported 50,000 hits. It was the tenth year of the TIARAs who staged a magnificent anniversary awards presentation and a fantastic concert that featured previous winners such as Graeme Connors (pictured above), Wayne Horsburgh and Donna Boyd (pictured below).
Here at Cowboys In Cyberspace we created a 'spot the stars' video podcast with candid footage shot at Tamworth with cameos from Lee, Beccy, Carter & Carter and more and you can view that here...
The concert itself wonderfully captures the artistry of the performers and the intimacy of the night. They perform half the aforementioned album plus another ten songs from various parts of their career. The musical combinations include man/woman conversational duets, moments when Mark and Emmylou complement each other's songs and a couple of solo spots. While they don't rest on the laurels of their considerable back catalogues, fans will enjoy Romeo And Juliet from the Dire Straits days and a heart-stopping Boulder To Birmingham which Emmylou wrote as a tribute to Gram Parsons.
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