Fanny Lumsden announces new album Hey Dawn and national tour for 2023

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Fanny Lumsden announces new album Hey Dawn and national tour for 2023

Fanny Lumsden will hit the road from the end of July to celebrate the release of Hey Dawn, playing with The Prawn Stars across Vic, ACT, NSW and QLD.

ARIA and 8x Golden Guitar award-winning country artist and singer-songwriter Fanny Lumsden is heading out on a huge Australian tour this year, to celebrate the release of HEY DAWN, her much anticipated fourth studio album and follow-up to 2020’s watershed Top 10, 5x Golden Guitar and ARIA Award-winning album Fallow.

Kicking off on July 28 in Bendigo, Lumsden and her incredible band The Prawn Stars will be visiting cities and regional centres across the country through July, August and September.

HEY DAWN National Album Tour

July 28 Bendigo, Bendigo Bank Theatre, VIC

July 29 Ballarat, Mechanics Institute, VIC

July 30 Anglesea, The Sound Doctor, VIC

Aug 4 Canberra, Street Theatre, ACT

Aug 5 Wagga, Wagga Civic Theatre, NSW

Aug 6 Benalla, Benalla Town Hall, VIC

Aug 9 Brunswick Heads, Brunswick Picture House, NSW

Aug 10 Pomona, Majestic Theatre, QLD

Aug 11 Maryborough, Maryborough Sports Club, QLD

Aug 12 Toowoomba, The Power House, QLD

Aug 13 Brisbane, The Triffid, QLD

Aug 25 Melbourne, Memo Music Hall, VIC

Aug 26 Meeniyan, Meeniyan Town Hall, VIC

Aug 27 Bundalaguah, Live at the Bundy, VIC

Sept 1 Milton, Milton Theatre, NSW

Sept 2 Sydney, Factory Theatre, NSW

Sept 3 Newcastle, Lizottes, NSW

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Due for release in August, Hey Dawn is a rich character study, with the singer-songwriter reflecting on the stories that have shaped her and those around her. It’s also a more sonically diverse outing than Lumsden’s previous records, incorporating elements such as guitar-based indie-pop into her trademark world of gorgeously crafted, emotionally rich acoustic songwriting.

“I wanted it to feel good, I wanted to have fun,” she smiles. “I didn’t want to think too hard about it – I just wanted to feel.”

Hey Dawn is, in short, Lumsden’s most complete offering to date. But it took a while to get there.

Following the release of Fallow, Lumsden spent an exhausting 18 months navigating the logistical nightmare of touring in a time of COVID-related border closures and show cancellations. When combined with the residual trauma of the 2020 bushfires that nearly claimed her property in the Snowy Valleys region of New South Wales – “I literally drove out to Tamworth while the side of the road was still burning” – the desire to write music temporarily deserted her.

When it finally returned it did so on the coast of Western Australia, as Lumsden and her husband (and bandmate) Dan Freeman navigated their way home from the Northern Territory after border closures prevented them from entering Queensland for the final show of the Fallow tour. The circuitous route proved to be a blessing.

“I decompressed,” she offers. “It wasn’t until then, on the West Australian coast with no phone service, that I started writing.”

Having focused inward lyrically on Fallow, Lumsden was once again interested in telling detail-rich stories – both her own, and other people’s. In particular, she found herself drawn to her childhood, “when obviously I felt no weight of anything”.

“I think that might have been a reaction to the last few years, which were heavy for everyone,” she offers.

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