2016 Tamworth Country Music Festival

TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016

On the 16th January, I ventured out yet again in my tour bus to attend my fifth Tamworth Country Music Festival. Since kicking off my yearly tradition of performing at this festival in 2011, I have (on average) performed between twenty to thirty solo shows, showcases and/or guest appearances during the ten days each year.

Due to working on radio at Young’s local community station 2yyy 92.3fm while I was in high school, for the past three years, I have co-hosted and run my own shows on the Tamworth festival radio during the event. I also was given the opportunity to interview and report on the Golden Guitar Awards and write up a story each year for the Young Witness newspaper. In March last year, I began studying Professional Writing and Editing which has assisted me in continuing to report on each festival.

This year, I performed 26 shows, including three of my usual three hour stints, being the host of showcases and again reporting for the newspaper at the Golden Guitar Awards.

Since finishing school at Young High School in 2013, I have toured the Eastern side of Australia, performing over one hundred solo shows yearly. This year, I was very honoured to be nominated by the people as Female Artist of the year in the Australian People’s Choice Awards, showing that my hard work has been recognised. It was a big encouragement as I was up against industry favourites such as Amber Lawrence, Beccy Cole and Kasey Chambers. Amber deservingly won but it was still such an award in itself to be up against those talents.

However, it is always nice to walk away with an award so I was thrilled to be presented by Leonie Mclure the 2RRR 88.5fm and AAAmusiclinx.com Award. This is now hanging in my cabinet. 

For my third year, I have been part of the Tamworth Festival Cavalcade parade. Each year, I try something new so this time I stood in a trailer which was connected to my tour bus. Everything was going well; the balloons had not popped, my New Zealand, Australian and Canadian flags were hung up and flowing but once the parade started, down came the rain. If you have been to Tamworth during the festival, you would know that the weather usually starts with fires and ends the festival with floods so this rain was not light. A lot of people got into their cars or pulled off under shelter but I was having too much fun so myself, and my crew all got drenched. We drove to the very end of the street and I can honestly say that it was the most fun I had in the parade.

The Golden Guitar Awards, as usual, was still the highlight of the festival. I had such a great time interviewing a lot of my friends who were up for the awards. If you’d like to see these interviews, you can head to my YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/coyote921996/videos and view the videos. All photos from the night have been uploaded to my music page www.Facebook.com/SAMI.official.music. It’s always special to be able to celebrate the end of the festival at the Golden Guitar after party with all the other musicians.

As a musician performing at the festival, it is one of the most enjoyable and exhausting places to be but it’s all about advertising, meeting new people, making contacts and trying to get noticed- Just like everybody else. This industry is such an amazing one as with my job, I can never stop learning. Every show is different; every audience is unpredictable and every musician you work with, teaches you something new. To me, it is like every day is a new adventure; no matter how corny that sounds!

2016 has and will continue to be a big year for me due to the Tamworth Country Music Festival and my two international tours; New Zealand and Canada.

All of this is due to the guidence of Samittar Management and Promotions.

Just daydreaming…

Love is such a beautiful and wonderful feeling…It should be the most easiest thing you should ever have to do. It’s a strange feeling too as it can make you do crazy/erotic things for that one person. It has the impact to change your every thought about people and things… but the best part is, someone feels exactly the same way as you- so you’re not alone. Now believe me, I am no relationship guru, but when it comes to love, I am the most hopeless romantic.

Firsts are the best. Whether it’s the first kiss, first dance, first time you hold hands, first time you wear his shirt, first time you meet the family, the first time he sees you in the morning (scary), your first date, or even your first argument, they are all incredible moments as you get to share them with him. Just remember, every time you have a first, even if you did the same thing with someone else, it’s going to be so different. These are the most important moments as you get to know so much about each other through your firsts together.

I’ve been with my gorgeous man for nearly six months now and there is not one moment that I would want to change. Well maybe the distance…. 27 hours apart is a little unfortunate but we’re both crazy enough about each other to have made it work. Even though we’ve been together for a while now, I am still freaking out about what to wear each time I see him- Not that he would even care if I rocked up in trackies and thongs.  That’s love!

I hope you all have a wonderful day and don’t forget to tell the ones you love how you feel. ❤

Narooma

I’m feeling a little nerdy as I am sitting here wearing my glasses while doing my second part of my Professional Writing and Editing assessment haha. I’m enjoying studying this course… Only another 17 months and I will have completed this, meaning that I will apply to all different newspapers and magazines (In Australia and overseas) as a freelance writer- writing about traveling Australia and touring.

Today I will be going to Bermagui with Mum to get a guided tour with one of our friends Kirsty Lee. It’s such a beautiful area so I am looking forward to it.
I went for a big run right around Narooma yesterday afternoon and I think my face and arms regret that as I am as bright red as a ripe tomato! I guess I didn’t think that I would get burnt but I also did not know that Narooma was just made up of hills…. very steep hills! I don’t know if I walked most of it or ran.

Mum and I made friends with a very content seal yesterday morning, while we were walking around the wharf. He was just relaxing in the warm sun and the glistering water. I think he was quite used to the attention as he floated and flopped around in the current, in front of an intrigued audience.

I had the experience of a lifetime after we saw the seal… We walked over to the other side of the wharf, to where a man was cutting up his fish after fishing. There were around four meter long sting rays hanging around, waiting for the left over fish and telling the birds who’s boss. The man asked me if I would like to feed a stingray. Of course I would! I jumped down and nervously flapped the fish carcass around in the water. I accidentally dropped the first one but gained enough courage to do it right the second time. It was amazing. I was standing right next to a HUGE stingray, and it sucked the fish from my hand, to it’s mouth underneath- then it swam away. This continued for quite a while and I felt amazing!
What an experience.

Relaxation

Three shows done and dusted- 10 hours of singing in three days…

Monday was my ‘Saturday’ so I went for a sight see around Narooma with Mum, grabbed an ice block, then watched a few eps of ‘How I met your Mother’. I completed the seasons last year but started again as it’s such a good show!

I went for a big run right around one side of the town, up the big hills and all… It was so hot that I jumped right into the pool without hesitation  afterwards. I then regretted it as the water was freezing haha. I came back to the caravan to see my bright red reflection… How attractive.

Later, while laying in my bed, in the caravan, I wrote this post which distracted me from studying. Thanks social media!

SAVE A LIFE.

Hi everyone..
So you know how Mum and I always seem to have adventures while on the tour? Nothing ever seems to be boring as something is always happening… Well here’s a bit of a story for you that happened a while ago and is the reason we’re being flown back up to Kempsey tomorrow morning.

Well… Back in October, while on my 2014 Australian Album Tour (NSW section), I was playing in Kempsey for two weeks. A lot of my family live up there so we had a great time catching up with them all, while staying on the beach (Horseshoe Bay) in the pop top camper trailer.

When driving around to have lunch with my Great Uncle Steve and Mum, we were abruptly stopped as we saw a disturbance on the side of the road between a heavily pregnant woman and a man. We noticed them arguing but as we drove past, But then I saw him reach for her and she backed away quickly. We turned the corner, did a U-turn and came back to find them on the other side of the road.

We pulled up the car to hear more yelling, so Mum leaped out of the car to where the two were arguing. She told me to stay in the car with Steve. I could hear the man calling the woman horrible names and accusing her of things. Mum went to the woman’s rescue, turned her around and walked her up the street, past the car and away from the man. He followed and tried to force her handbag (He wanted her car keys) but Mum cut in and told him to back away. He walked off in a strife.

I jumped out of the car with Steve and ran up to Mum and the woman to assist with anything. There was actually a lady standing up the street with a phone in her hand watching everything. We could not believe that she did not help or call the police but instead just stood there, as she did not want to get involved. She still did not call the police until we told her to. This was also a very busy road and we were the only car that stopped! How crazy are people to not stop!?

The police came very quickly and spoke to the woman. This man was her partner and she was nine months pregnant with his baby. She had bruises on her stomach from an iron and more at the back of her head. We spoke to her for over an hour and calmed her down. When the man came back, the police were still there with us and took him in for questioning.

Mum, Steve and I drove the woman to the police station and we all put in statements for her defense.
Mum and I have now been summoned to the court to present our statements. If this is one thing that we must do to assist in keeping people like locked up, then I am more than happy to fly up there and explain what I saw.

Moral of the story is that if you see anyone in strife on the side of the road, STOP your car, ASSIST them and CALL the police. Do not worry if you’ll get involved or not! Save a life.

What happened last week…

I’m still very new at WordPress, Tumblr and blogging but I think if I keep writing, I’ll get the hang of it.

I had quite an eventful week this week and It all began on Monday, when I arrived back home in Canberra from our break down in Wollongong.

I got back to my house in Canberra at 8am that morning, excited to begin my Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing course through Open Colleges. I received all my study books and I started reading the pages of information to kick it off. As you all know, I’m a full time musician and loving it, but I also have a passion for writing; I always have. I used social media, local newspapers and newsletters to get my chance to write stories but with the assistance of this course, I am hoping that I can write professionally for newspapers and magazines, about my tours and the places I’ve seen across Australia. I’m only in my early stages of this course, just about to submit my first assessment, but I’m sure that within the next few months of training, I’ll be a great writer! What do you think?

On Tuesday morning, I received a phone call from Stu Frith in NZ to commence a radio interview. This was live to air but also recorded so you can listen to it if you go to my FB page. I’ve had Stu’s support for many years so it was great to finally speak to him on air. After this interview, I was handed on from Stu to his partner Vickie. Vickie is a news anchor in NZ and was also in America for many years. She heard about my new course I was studying and gave me some excellent tips. She actually told me about this Tumblr so that’s why I’m here.  It was very interesting to speak to someone who is a journalist and reporter, and hear her stories.

Every Tuesday afternoons, we have scheduled a two- three hour rehearsal with the band for the two ‘SAMI & Johnny Cash’ shows that are held in March. This has been our fourth full band rehearsal and I am so confident that these shows are going to rock! If you know a musician in the Canberra area, I am running a competition for all those who want a chance to perform a song as the opening act of the show on the 21st.

This year is a little different to how I worked last year. Last year, I toured full time and was only home for around two months out of the twelve months. This year, The most I’ll be away will be in June and July for when I do my QLD tour and that will be two months. This means that majority of the time, I’ll be living in my house in Canberra and travelling to my shows on the Thursday and coming home on Monday. On Thursday, I printed off a bunch of resumes and walked around Gungahlin (a suburb in Canberra) Market Center to hand some out. I was actually surprised the amount of places that asked for my resume, even after I informed them about my job and that It takes me away a lot. Now it’s just a waiting game so fingers crossed! The reason I want another job is that I am saving to purchase a van. I cannot imagine myself driving a van, I wanted a Holden commodore series 2 sv6 but I’ve been told that it’s not practical, so a van it is; just until I get enough to buy the ute haha.

Last night (Friday), I got together with Dene Burton (The Guitarist) and Jason Webb (Johnny Cash singer) and we had a mini rehearsal at my place. This went really well so I know  tomorrow”s full band rehearsal will very smooth.

So that’s my week so far.. I’m always doing something, right!