Darren Coggan’s award winning album THE WIDE HORIZON, continues to gather momentum with the announcement that he is twice nominated as a finalist in the prestigious 2018 Golden Guitar Awards, MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR & TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
At a star-studded event at ABC Studios in Sydney, this morning hosts Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont helped reveal the finalists in all categories, including the new Album of the Year categories – Contemporary Country Album of the Year and Traditional Country Album of the Year – which along with the Alt Country Album of the Year, will see the winners from these categories vie for the overall Country Music Album of the Year award to be announced in Tamworth in January.
Mr. Dobe Newton, Chairman of the Country Music Association of Australia said, “With the many different styles and genres of country music being performed and enjoyed today, the decision to introduce new Album of the Year categories ensures the album awards are more inclusive, and creates further opportunities to welcome more artists who work in country music into the Awards. The finalists in the 2018 Toyota Golden Guitar Awards are testaments to this and today’s finalists’ announcement has demonstrated the quality and depth of talent we have in Australian country music across a range of genres, with many artists receiving their first nomination and others multiple nominations. The event has certainly set the stage for an incredible showcase in Tamworth on January 27 when we announce the winners.”
Leading the charge with six finalist places each is Darren’s long time friend, Kasey Chambers. Off the back of her ARIA nomination for Best Country Album with her album Dragonfly, Chambers is contending for ALT COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR, FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR, APRA AMCOS SONG OF THE YEAR (Satellite), CMC VIDEO CLIP OF THE YEAR (Satellite), SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Satellite) and REGIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK VOCAL COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR for her song Hey with Paul Kelly.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the NSW Government was proud to support such a renowned regional event.
“The Tamworth Country Music Festival is recognised world-wide, attracting significant overnight visitation to the State and delivering important economic and community benefits,” Mr Marshall said.
“It’s an absolute standout on our NSW Events Calendar and we look forward to welcoming the many artists and visitors to the region next year for 10 days of great entertainment and regional NSW hospitality.
“Congratulations to all of the finalists announced today for the 2018 Golden Guitar Awards, the most prestigious award ceremony for the Australian country music industry.”
Commencing in 1973, the Awards are the nation’s longest running music awards and play a vital role in developing and promoting Australian country music talent. The Toyota Golden Guitar Awards is the pinnacle event of the Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth and with a theme, in 2018, that celebrates the strong collaborative nature of country music, the night promises to be a jam-packed evening of non-stop entertainment. For the second year running fans can catch all the action LIVE via Facebook LIVE.
The Toyota Country Music Festival will be held from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 January 2018 with the 46th Toyota Golden Guitar Awards on Saturday 27 January 2018 at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre. Tickets are on sale now and available from www.tcmf.com.au.