Country music fans rejoice – this year’s Groundwater Country Music Festival is almost upon us! Now into its seventh year, the festival has a proud track record when it comes to showcasing the myriad talents of a host of female artists of the country music persuasion. And this year is no exception, with a stampede of bodacious cowgirls ready to scoot and strum across the stages of the Broadbeach festival precinct from Friday, 26 – Sunday 28 July.
Here’s six of the finest chicks that you definitely must see at this year’s Groundwater.
With a name tailor-made for country, Fanny Lumsden (pictured) brings a breath of fresh contemporary air to Groundwater, the Western NSW raised entertainer, with music in her blood from an early age, renowned for a voice that hits the sweet spot between country, pop and soul.
Earlier this year her track ‘Elastic Waistband’ took out video clip of the year at the Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards, and over the past seven years she’s built a stellar reputation as one of our finest country artists, with her most recent album, ‘Real Class Act’ (if the hat fits, wear it!), which was independently recorded on her own label, Red Dirt Road Records, debuting at the top of the ARIA Country Charts in 2017.
On-the-rise Aussie singer/songwriter Hayley Jensen has just returned from wowing audiences across Canada, scoring a pair of prestigious slots on the bills of world renowned festivals the Calgary Stampede and Dauphins Countryfest, where she performed with the likes of the Zac Brown Band and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Her muse has also taken her to more off the beaten track stages, including performing for Coalition forces in the Middle East and mentoring aspiring artists in the Solomon Islands.
Another lass with country music in her blood (coming from a family of jackaroos and jillaroos!), Hayley is renowned for both her authenticity and honesty, so be sure to catch her when she belts out her schtik across all three days of this years Groundwater.
A name no doubt familiar with real-deal country fans, Beccy Cole has been wowing audiences with her gutsy performances and engaging personality for over a quarter of a century, the eleven time Golden Guitar winner renowned as one of this countries most cherished artists within the genre.
So when it comes to all things Beccy, expect to not only hear some of the festivals finest music, but also be prepared for an all encompassing and laugh out loud concert experience, from someone who is not only a country music star but also an author and a comedienne – a real-deal working mother and a consummate performer rightly hailed as Oz country royalty.
Freya Josephine Hollick
The old gold mining town of Ballarat will also bestow a sweet dose of aural-gold upon this year’s Groundwater in the form of cosmic cowgirl Freya Josephine Hollick. Her 2018 album, ‘Feral Fusion’, while hearkening back to the golden era of country, injected with lashings of old time honky-tonk and blues, also delivered a righteous dose of contemporary swagger, as evidenced in numbers such as impressive single ‘Jesus Hates It When You Smoke’. And a smokin’ performance of the non hateful variety is very much on the cards when Freya hits the Groundwater stage, potentially unveiling a few new numbers from her upcoming third album, which was recorded in the States with Lucinda Williams’ band Buick 6, along with renowned guitarist Greg Leisz.
Tori Forsyth is a rapidly emerging young starlet from the NSW Central Coast, whose songs simultaneously inhabit both the sweet and shadowy sides of the country spectre, her small town rural background shaping her homespun tales, which take in both traditional influences as well as those of a more ‘alt-country’ persuasion . Her debut record, 2018’s ‘Dawn Of The Dark’, made plenty of people sit up and take notice and she continues to work with award winning musician and producer Shane Nicholson. Her honest storytelling and emotive vocal presence (in turns languid and powerful) are sure to win over a swag of new converts this Groundwater. Make sure you’re one of them.
The Gold Coast’s very own Brooke Lambert (she grew up in Jacobs Well) was bewitched by music from a young age, with her talents and charisma leading to a rapid ascension through the musical ranks, having already performed with aplomb at both Groundwater and the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Her vibrant country-pop stylings were boldly emblazoned within the sweet and catchy grooves of recent single ‘I Don’t Wanna Hate You’, which busted open charts and country-hearts in equal measure. Presently working on her second EP (with producer Jared Adlam from Machine Lab Studios on the Gold Coast), she’ll be sure to showcase her new country-rock single ‘Just As Bad’ when she once again struts her stuff at this year’s Groundwater.