Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has congratulated three local music artists for being named as finalists in the 2018 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards.  


“This is an exciting time for our local artists who deserved to be acknowledged for their exceptional talent and hard work”, Mr Anderson said.


In the Female Artist of the Year category is Ashleigh Dallas and Aleyce Simmonds, while Dale Duncan is a finalist in the Bush Ballad of the Year Category.


“I had the pleasure of attending the announcement for the Golden Guitar Awards finalists at ABC Studios in Sydney. 


Mr Anderson said that Tamworth is the Country Music Capital so it is fitting that our own artists are recognised and get the chance to be on the same stage as the best in the business.


“It is such a big honour to be in the running to win a Golden Guitar which is the pinnacle for the country music industry.  


Multi award winner Dale Duncan has had a cracking year and is a Golden Guitar Finalist in the Bush Ballad of the Year category for a song “Just like Dad” written by Allan Caswell and Manfred W Vijars.


Aleyce Simmonds was recently crowned the Australian Independent Artist of the Year as well as the Capital News Australian Independent Female Vocalist of the Year and is now in the running for the CMAA 2018 Female Artist of the Year.


Ashleigh Dallas is keeping the famous Dallas name alive in country music and is a finalist in 2 categories, the Female Artist of the Year and the Traditional Country Album of the Year category produced by her brilliant musician father Brett Dallas.


“Tamworth has many great local artists who continue to shine day in and day out and I know are looking forward to the start of the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Friday 19th January 2018. The Golden Guitar Awards will be held on January 27 and I wish all finalists particularly Ashleigh, Dale and Aleyce the very best”, Mr Anderson said.

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