weekly photo challenge: Street life (2)

Doesn’t every town have a bright red piano in its main street? Tamworth does or did during the January country music festival.

 

Peel Street in January.
Peel Street in January.
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Market stalls, country style.

Hi all. Sorry it’s been a while but finally, here is the last of the series of images I took during the Tamworth County Music Festival in January this year.

If you haven’t already worked out, my town takes on a different life during the 10 days of the Festival. This includes the traders who come to town and take over the main street while the party is on. Here are a few images of the market stalls that grabbed my attention. Hope you like them and please feel free to look over my past posts about the festival too.

On a final note, I’m  happy to say the festival took out another tourism award this year here in Australia which makes it even more pretty special. 🙂

Let them entertain you.

A festival billboard to help people know what is going on.
A festival billboard to help people know what is going on.
These guys are regulars to the festival and are amazing.
These guys are regulars to the festival and are amazing.
The Gunnedah Shire Band.
The Gunnedah Shire Band.
Buskers are an amazing breed of muso, People just walk past and around them and they just keep going.
Buskers are an amazing breed of muso, People just walk past and around them and they just keep going.
A common sight during January. Have guitar will travel.
A common sight during January. Have guitar will travel.
There is something for everyone's taste in music, The Australian Aboriginal's didgeridoo has an wonderful sound when played correctly.
There is something for everyone’s taste in music, The Australian Aboriginal’s didgeridoo has an wonderful sound when played correctly.
This is a very comfy busking site, carpet and even a chair. :-)
This is a very comfy busking site, carpet and even a chair. 🙂
This little boy could really sing.
This little boy could really sing.
The entertainment on show in Peel St included whip cracking.
The entertainment on show in Peel St included whip cracking.
Now this dude looked the part and played good old country western.
Now this dude looked the part and played good old country western.
Irish music is A countries music. These kids were raising money to help them go places.
Irish music is A countries music. These kids were raising money to help them go places.
Going to find his spot.. Again, have guitar will travel or walk as this case is.
Going to find his spot.. Again, have guitar will travel or walk as this case is.
Another Tamworth regular. This beautiful lady beads and makes pretty hat accessories and much more.
Another Tamworth regular. This beautiful lady beads and makes pretty hat accessories and much more.
Singing from the heart.
Singing from the heart.
An indoor performance in one of the many shopping centres in the CBD allows the audience to sit in the shade for a while. In case you are wondering, in January it is acceptable to wear a hat indoors.
An indoor performance in one of the many shopping centres in the CBD allows the audience to sit in the shade for a while. In case you are wondering, in January it is acceptable to wear a hat indoors.
Wash board music... classic.
Wash board music… classic.
Age is no barrier. These girls were singing a Linda Ronstat song.
Age is no barrier. These girls were singing a Linda Ronstat song.
The local Aboriginal dance group get ready to perform. Please excuse the bic lighter used to start the symbolic fire.
The local Aboriginal dance group get ready to perform. Please excuse the bic lighter used to start the symbolic fire.
At last I caught a known artist performing in another arcade. This is Beccy Cole, Youtube her, she's good. :-)
At last I caught a known artist performing in another arcade. This is Beccy Cole, Youtube her, she’s good. 🙂
The crowd either stops a while of just moves through but the music keeps playing
The crowd either stops a while of just moves through but the music keeps playing
Okay... not my best shot but this guy had a few things going for him including his voice and his guitar playing.
Okay… not my best shot but this guy had a few things going for him including his voice and his guitar playing.

Sorry to take so long to post these promised images.  Free and pay concerts are held all over the city for the 10 days.  These are just some of  the Peel Street performers during the January Tamworth festival.

I have one more group of photos to put together however please feel free to look at the other images of the festival I have posted previously.

People

Hats

Getting around

Hats, hay, boots and all.

A Tamworth January must have. A hat.

Continuing my series of images from the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival I think it is right to pay tribute to its must have “fashion” accessory. The hat.

You may have already noticed in my last two posts, Hats, hay, boots and all and Tamworth. It’s all about how you get there, there is hardly an image that doesn’t have one in them. Here is a selection of just a few interesting ones I saw over the festival period.

 

Every second shop sells them.
Every second shop sells them.
A must have for the fashion diva.
A must have for the fashion diva.
Even the cupie dolls have them.
Even the cupie dolls have them.
Nothing like standing out in a crowd. The bloke with the cap seems to find something funny about it.
Nothing like standing out in a crowd. The bloke with the cap seems to find something funny about it.
What do you call a group of hats? A flock? A school? A gaggle? lol.
What do you call a group of hats? A flock? A school? A gaggle? lol.
Once upon a time Indians and cowboys went together like bread and butter. I love the colours in this.
Once upon a time Indians and cowboys went together like bread and butter. I love the colours in this.
On a rural country theme these scarecrow cupie dolls are just too cute. The hat just looks right on them too.
On a rural country theme these scarecrow cupie dolls are just too cute. The hat just looks right on them too.
More hats for sale. Right next to the INXS t-shirts. The festival caters for everyone.
More hats for sale. Right next to the INXS t-shirts. The festival caters for everyone.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Australia Day is January 26 and it almost always falls in the festival. I liked the patriotic head band addition to this visitors Akuba hat.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Australia Day is January 26 and it almost always falls in the festival. I liked the patriotic head band addition to this visitors Akuba hat.

Tamworth. It’s all about how you get there.

This is the special "country music" train that brings fans from... umm.... somewhere.
This is the special “country music” train that brings fans from… umm…. somewhere.

All roads led to Tamworth in January they say and people get here in different ways.  However, when the business district roads are all blocked off how do you get around after that? There are lots of options and here are just a few I saw.

On way to get about the busy street. In a golf buggy.
On way to get about the busy street. In a golf buggy.
Now that's a ute.
Now that’s a ute.
Big with lots of chrome. An impressive hard to miss ride.
Big with lots of chrome. An impressive hard to miss ride.
Here come the fuzz. :-)
Here come the fuzz. 🙂
An interesting read.
An interesting read.
No words required... the signs say it all.
No words required… the signs say it all.
Promotion, promotion, promotion. But it does look good.
Promotion, promotion, promotion. But it does look good.
Birds eye view.
Birds eye view.
Camels? Country music? Of cause there is a connection.
Camels? Country music? Of cause there is a connection.
Even the camels wear hats in Tamworth.
Even the camels wear hats in Tamworth.

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.