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TCMF to celebrate Joy McKean's 90th Birthday with ultimate concert line up

16 September 2019

One of Australia’s most loved pioneering singer, songwriters Joy McKean will celebrate her 90th birthday during TCMF2020 and Festival organisers together with Joy’s family have put together an incredible line-up of artists to perform at what has been dubbed ‘the concert of the Festival.’

Some of country music’s biggest names along with pop icons Paul Kelly and Don Walker will take to the stage to perform their version of Joy’s compositions.  Iconic songs, made famous by the late Slim Dusty, such as Lights on the Hill, Biggest Disappointment, Ringer from the Top End, Walk a Country Mile and Indian Pacific have resonated with Australian’s since Joy took out the first-ever Golden Guitar Award in 1973. 

Country music superstar Troy Cassar-Daley said: “Joy has been an inspiration to our industry and in a workplace mostly dominated by males, she stood her ground and earned the respect she so rightly deserves.  She is, a national treasure.”

The respect that artists have for Joy and her catalogue of classics is far-reaching and her birthday concert – Concert for Joy is set to be a historic event at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre on Wednesday, 22 January 2020.

Featuring Paul Kelly, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole, Don Walker, Graeme Connors, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, Bill Chambers, Dean Perrett, Jeff Brown, Glenn Jones, Dianne Lindsay, Peter Simpson, James Blundell, Catherine Britt, Travis Collins, Kevin Bennett, Felicity Urquhart, Lyn Bowtell, Luke O’Shea, Amber Lawrence, Adam Eckersley, Gina Jeffreys, Colin Buchanan, Brad Butcher, Davidson Brothers, Tania Kernaghan, Lawrie Minson along with family of Joy and Slim Anne Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick, James Arneman & Flora Smith (Small Town Romance), Hannah Kirkpatrick, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Kate Arneman it is one not to be missed.

Son of Joy and Slim, David Kirkpatrick said: “We are so excited to be able to celebrate this incredible milestone in Tamworth. The Festival has been an annual highlight in our family for many years, so it seems only fitting that we honour Mum where it all really started.”

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Tamworth Regional Council acknowledges the Gamilaroi/Kamilaroi people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We would like to pay respect to Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in and visiting our region.