17 January 2023

'Tourism coup': Country music star Kasey Chambers to perform in Hay and Cobar

| Oliver Jacques
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Kasey Chambers will be bringing her children with her to the Riverina. Photo: Supplied.

In a major boost for two small Riverina towns that have been through tough times, country music legend Kasey Chambers will perform concerts at Hay and Cobar in early 2023.

The multi-award-winning singer-songwriter will appear at the Cobar Bowling and Golf Club in Cobar on Saturday, 21 January, and at the Hay Golf Club on Saturday, 25 March. General tickets to each concert will be just $50, less than half the price of her shows in big cities.

Chambers, who stunned fans by releasing a cover of rapper Eminem’s Lose Yourself last year, told Region she’d chosen two venues that didn’t usually see big-name acts for a reason.

“These are both places I’ve played in the past but particularly many years ago when I was only starting out playing music in my family band,” she said.

“I’ve always felt way more connected to more regional outback towns because I grew up in the country. It feels more like home to me when I visit small country towns, and my plan this year is to visit more regional places throughout Australia that I’ve missed over the last few years.”

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Hay Mayor Carol Oataway said it was a big coup to get Chambers to her town and that she was the biggest artist Hay would see in recent times.

“Council played a role in bringing her here,” Cr Oataway said. “She was supposed to come last year but unfortunately got COVID, so we are very glad she can finally make it.

“Credit goes to our tourism staff. They do a fantastic job organising events like this one.

“Encouraging tourism is our focus, it’s our second-biggest industry. We are busy at the moment, it’s good to see people out and about after COVID.”

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Kasey Chambers in concert at Taronga Zoo. Photo: Facebook.

Chambers was born and grew up in the South Australian country town of Mount Gambier. Her debut album ”The Captain” went double platinum and earned her a swag of honours at the Australian Industry Recording Association (ARIA) music awards. She had been producing No. 1 hits and touring rural venues for almost a quarter of a century.

Her visit to the Riverina will see her accompanied by family.

“I’m particularly excited to be bringing my kids with me this time,” she said.

”They haven’t had a chance to travel with me much over the last few years but it’s important to me as a parent to take my kids to see as many different places as I can, especially places I travelled to as a child and through my early touring years.

”I made so many great memories travelling with my family when I was younger, so I want my kids to have some great memories from lots of different Australian towns and areas.”

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Fans in Hay and Cobar can look forward to hearing her early hits as well as her later rap cover.

“It’s likely I will play Lose Yourself throughout this tour because I love playing it live. We will also play lots from [my albums] ”The Captain”, ”Barricades & Brickwalls” up through the years to some of my more recent songs. A bit of everything really.”

Tickets to Chambers’ Hay concert can be found on the Visit Hay website, while tickets for the Cobar event can be obtained by calling the Cobar Bowling and Golf Club on (02) 6836 2214.

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