Hats, hay, boots and all.

Hello, my name is Jillian and I live in Australia’s Country Music capital, Tamworth.
Yes, it almost feels like a dirty confession to say those words every January because locals are thin on the ground. My town is overtaken by thousands of music fans from across Australia this time of year as the whole place parties for ten days straight.
This annual party has been happening for 41 years now and yes, I’ve been here for almost all of them. It’s suppose to be a celebration of the country gene of music but these days there is a bit of everything if you look in the right places.
I’ve spent my lunch hours over the past week just walking the main street and taking in what is on offer for free. There is a lot and I didn’t get to see it all but I’ve captured some moments I hope you like. When I was taking these shots I had you in mind, you being a person who has never been to Tamworth never lone a festival. My first shot it our main street, Peel Street, the day before the official start of the festival, this is how it usually looks the other 11 months of the year.
I have so many images to share I’m going to try to post  them in groups. This post is all about the street the buskers call the boulevard of dreams because over the festival’s history some big country music stars started right here in Tamworth. You may have heard of one of them who played with a guitar case in front of him for a few years as a kid. He also won a couple of talent quests, the first when he might have been around 8-9 years old. He was a young man when he won the Star Maker competition in Tamworth. He’s name is Keith Urban.
Please remember I took most of these images at lunch time so the crowd numbers were slightly down on the number of people about when the temperature dropped back to the mid 30 degrees.

Peel Street Tamworth one day before the 2013 Country Music Festival.
Peel Street Tamworth one day before the 2013 Country Music Festival.
Fitzroy Street is closed for traffic.
Fitzroy Street is closed for traffic.
All roads might lead to Tamworth in January but that doesn't mean you can drive down them.
All roads might lead to Tamworth in January but that doesn’t mean you can drive down them.
Walking the street.
Walking the street.
Ice cold drinks served  to people walking the hot tar.
Ice cold drinks served to people walking the hot tar.
You haven't done the Tamworth Festival if you haven't walked down the middle of Peel Street.
You haven’t done the Tamworth Festival if you haven’t walked down the middle of Peel Street.
A small army of volunteers look after the visitors during festival time.
A small army of volunteers look after the visitors during festival time.

Tamworth 124400 (c) Jillian Carlon 2013

No... it doesn't mean free beer.
No… it doesn’t mean free beer.

Tamworth 4688 (c) Jillian Carlon 2013

View from the hill - day one.
View from the hill – day one.
Welcome to the festival.
Welcome to the festival.
Tamworth's post office clock  overlooks the festivities.
Tamworth’s post office clock overlooks the festivities.
What Peel Street normally looks like on a weekday.
What Peel Street normally looks like on a weekday.
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7 thoughts on “Hats, hay, boots and all.

  1. Heavy Toyota saturation there! Needless to state, Partner had a Landcruiser at one point in his life in Aus. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Mmm, looking very nice and warm there, ok maybe too hot, but here in winter, clothed in pullies, and trousers and boots, it’s a nice warm feel.

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    1. It has been a bit warm however only the first couple of festival days were over 40 degree. Being only 39 maximum and nothing below around 25 ar night makes such a difference- not. Lol. Toyota were festival sponsors if you haven’t guessed. I’m having internet issues but have a series in mind when my desktop wants to talk to WordPress again. It took me 5 hours to upload this. Is there site problems? I’m reduced to commenting via mobile.

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