Had a ball at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year! The city was buzzing with dozens of buskers along the main street, and over 70 venues with free entertainment during the 10-day festival. I managed to see at least six performances each day in marquees, pubs, the Town Hall, Regional Gallery & Library, the Services Club and Bicentennial Park, and on my last night I bought a ticket to the McClymonts concert at the Entertainment Centre, which was sensational. I was amazed at how different all of the acts were, with a variety of country music styles on offer. There were some particularly good fiddle and banjo players, which I surprised myself by really enjoying.
The city centre had a great vibe with music everywhere, market stalls in a pedestrian friendly section of Peel Street, and lots of cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants catering for all tastes. It was relatively easy to escape the heat and plenty of shops and stalls where you could buy an amazing array of hats. I loved the festival so much, I'm planning to go again next year.
While I was in Tamworth I donated a copy of my latest novel, Flying through Clouds, to the Tamworth City Library. I was pleased to find there were already copies at two of their branch libraries, as well as two copies of my first novel, Racing the Moon.
Only eleven months to the next Tamworth Country Music Festival!