Anne Kirkpatrick & Small Town Romance

23 Jan - The Balladeers Homestead

They’re back! Anne with her family and friends plus some very special guests are back for her annual Tamworth show at the Balladeers Homestead , 9am on Thursday January 23rd.


The daughter of Australian country music pioneers Slim Dusty and Joy McKean, Anne first appeared on stage at age 10 in her parents’ own Travelling Country Family Show back in the 1960's. She has gone on to forge her own long and successful solo career releasing 14 acclaimed albums, winning six CMAA Golden Guitars, several Mo Awards and an ARIA 'Country Album of the Year' Award for her 1991 ‘Out Of The Blue’ album. Anne was also inducted into the 'Australasian Roll Of Renown' in 2010.


Anne is thrilled to announce that returning this year to share the show with her will be her son Jim Arneman and daughter in law Flora Smith, aka ‘Small Town Romance’.


Along with Slim’s longtime record producer and TCB bandleader...the legendary Rod Coe on the double bass plus always the surprise of a couple of very special guests, this will be a show not to be missed!


Fronted by Jim Arneman and Flora Smith, the band, ‘Small Town Romance’ have been steadily garnering a fanbase of true country music lovers everywhere they play. Sharing the writing and singing duties Jim brings a love of narrative and Flora a love of melody—together they are each others perfect musical foil. At the heart of ‘Small Town Romance’ is a partnership that celebrates their unique musical backgrounds creating a sound that is more than just a sum of their parts.


Jim Arneman is the son of songstress Anne Kirkpatrick and grandson of Slim Dusty and Joy McKean, raised on the traditions of Australian country music and touring life. His latter influences range across 70’s singer songwriters, alt-country and Americana. At the centre of his work is an admiration of, and ambition to strive for classic song-craft and musicianship. With honeyed vocal and cracking honky tonk band behind him Jim knows his way around a classic country song but makes no apologies for being an Australian artist.


Flora Smith grew up in a household filled with Irish folk music and then spent a rebellious period dabbling in opera. She was set back on the right path after a period living in Texas where she studied tex-mex button accordion under Grammy winner Joel Guzman and fell in love with the energy and spirit of classic country.

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