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Happy New Year – make it a friendly one eh?

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

This from the Tamworth Festival promo folks:

2016 is shaping up to be a cracker for Northern-Rivers alt-country musician Kathryn Jones and Sydney based music partner Steve Passfield as they prepare for the Tamworth Country Music Festival. The pair have received 8 nominations as well as taking out a Brumby Award for Best Collaboration in the Australian Independent Country Music Awards. With 3 nominations in the prestigious Tamworth Songwriters Association Salute Awards and 6 in the People’s Choice Awards, Jones and Passfield are in good spirits and will be kept busy performing at all 3 awards nights as well as various shows throughout the festival.

Steve has been an integral part of the Australian country music industry since the 80’s with his very popular outfit The Handpicked band and has received many awards for his contribution and talents including a coveted Golden Guitar, Canberra & Australian Song Writing Awards & industry awards the Slim Dusty Mateship Award & The Maureen Wagner Memorial Award.

Kathryn’s recent amalgamation with Passfield, who produced her 2nd album Lil Gypsy, shows the sassy performers songs truly brought to the fore. The first single, a co-write with Steve, “Even Cowgirls Sing the Blues” shot to #4 on the National Country Tracks chart staying for an impressive 18 weeks. Their 2nd release Gypsy, on the Wrong Side of the World, currently #21 on the Australian Country Tracks Chart was radio presenter/journalist Jon Wolfes’ favourite track at the 2015 Tamworth CMF with Jon stating in his Capital News review -‘The collaboration between singer/songwriter Kathryn Jones & songwriter/producer Steve Passfield, showcases the extraordinary talent this woman is”.

2015 saw Jones & Passfield touring Lil Gypsy music to stunning destinations such as New Zealand & New Caledonia, as well as local festivals eg The Gympie Muster, Slim Dusty CMF, Sydney CMF, The Central Coast CMF, Bony Mountain Folk Festival and Port Stephens CMF.