Introducing Glastonbury 2023 Avalon Stage Performer, Fanny Lumsden

Award-winning Australian artist, Fanny Lumsden, who has today been announced as a Glastonbury 2023 performer on the Avalon Stage alongside artists such as Laura Mvula, The Lottery Winners, Gabrielle Aplin, and Will Young, released her latest single ‘Millionaire‘ last month, together with a breezy music video – available to view here.

‘Millionaire’ is the first taste of new music from Lumsden as she gears up for the release of her fourth studio album, and follows on from her ARIA Top 10, Golden Guitar and ARIA Award-winning 2020 album Fallow. The single sees the acclaimed singer-songwriter incorporate guitar-based indie-pop into her trademark world of gorgeously crafted, emotionally rich acoustic songwriting.

Fanny explains the genesis of Millionaire, saying “Like a lot of firsts, getting your first car is a season of freedom that you can never quite live again. Mine came in the form of a Daewoo Ciello, bought off the side of the road in Griffith, NSW at age 18. I have never really wanted fancy things and to me the ultimate day is heading to the river, music blaring in the car, with family and friends.”

On being announced for Glastonbury’s Avalon Stage this year, Fanny commented, “I can’t quite believe we get to play such an iconic festival with so much history and for it to be our first gig in the UK. It feels a long way from the small farming community I grew up in western NSW, Australia which is pretty thrilling!’”

Along with her husband Dan Stanley Freeman, Fanny runs her own record label and production company, Red Dirt Road, and hugely successful touring brand – The Country Halls Tour – which has sold out over 200+ venues all over Australia. 

Fanny is an artist who is dedicated to playing live and connecting with audiences, she has toured with the likes of Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers and headlined multiple sold-out theatre tours, and played AmericanaFest in Nashville.

Credit: Dan Freeman 

ARIA Award, 8x Golden Guitar, and AIR Award winning Australian artist Fanny Lumsden released her third studio album, Fallow, on Cooking Vinyl Australia/Red Dirt Road Records, in 2020.  It debuted at #10 on the all-genre ARIA charts, going to #1 on the Country ARIA charts for two consecutive weeks, was named Best Country Album at the 2020 ARIA Awards, and swept the field taking home five Golden Guitar Awards including Album of the year, Female artist of the year, Single of the year (‘Fierce’), Video clip of the year and Alt Country Album of the year. Fallow was shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize top 9 albums of 2020 with her Variations album also making the longlist. Fallow also won the AIR (Australian Independent Record Awards) Country Album of the Year, along with an Album of the Year nomination, and finished it off with an APRA award nomination for one of the top 5 most played country songs for 2021 for Dig.

Fanny has made multiple TV appearances and was one of 12 Aussies in Global Music Match. She is a Support Act Advocate, a Volunteer firefighter, she wrote and produced a documentary telling the story of Fallow through the summer of bushfires – and managed to pull off a sold-out theatre tour across Australia in the wake of the first wave of the pandemic. Fanny was also named 2021 Albury Local Woman of the Year for the Hume Shire for her work with regional communities, was the Country Ambassador for BIGSOUND Country in 2022 and is a leader within the CMAA (Country Music Association of Australia) community.

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