"Fanny Lumsden’s 7th Country Halls Tour is coming to the Spotted Mallard and it’s going to raise the roof!
Into its 7th tour Fanny will have brought joy and music to over 130 halls and communities by its completion next year. The western NSW born and raised singer songwriter has had a huge few years since the release of her second album Real Class Act, which not only debuted at number one on the Country ARIA chart (only independent to do so), went on to win AIR Country Album of the year, be nominated for an ARIA award, four Golden Guitar awards (with her film clip for Elastic Waistband winning a GG this year) and three CMC awards.
The Country Halls Tour kicked off in 2012 raising money for BLAZEAID helping Riverina communities rebuild after floods. It's since visited halls all over the Country helping to keep the spirit of the hall alive both financially and with the energy and enthusiasm it brings with it.
Formed at art school in 1976 Mental As Anything are now commemorating the 40th anniversary of their first 1978 record Mental As Anything Plays At Your Party with a reissue of the original vinyl.
Produced by the late Cameron Allan as the first product of Regular Records Label only 1100 copies were pressed at the time.
A rerelease of this disc in the original vinyl in late 1978 is being celebrated by a live multitrack multi camera recording of Mental As Anything’s 2018 full live show.
The present line-up of the band features original singer keyboardist Greedy Smith; ex Atlantics guitarist Martin Cilia; drummer Jacob Cook; guitarist vocalist Craig Gordon and bassist vocalist Peter Gray.
Greedy is keen to show off this latest version of the Mentals to display their reverence for the original recordings and turning out fine new original material.
"The response we've been getting over the past twelve months from punters all over the country has told me that now is the time to show off this set with this line-up."
"People have been very concerned and understanding about Martin pulling out due to cancer and I've felt a responsibility to bring the band as close as I can back to the original recordings to protect the legacy."