The legendary Joy McKean will celebrate her 90th birthday at next January’s Tamworth Country Music Festival.

So festival organisers are putting together a special tribute show to celebrate!

Paul Kelly, Try Cassar-Daley and Don Walker lead an exciting list of artists who will take to the stage to perform their version of McKean’s compositions.

These include iconic songs, made famous by the late Slim Dusty, such as ‘Lights on the Hill,’ ‘Biggest Disappointment,’ ‘Ringer from the Top End,’ ‘Walk a Country Mile’ and ‘Indian Pacific’ which have resonated with Australian audiences ever since Joy took out the first-ever Golden Guitar Award in 1973.

Cassar-Daley says, “Joy has been an inspiration to our industry and in a workplace mostly dominated by males, she stood her ground and earned the respect she so rightly deserves.  She is, a national treasure.”

Concert for Joy will take place at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre on Wednesday, 22 January 2020.

The full line-up includes Paul Kelly, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole, Don Walker, Graeme Connors, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, Bill Chambers, Dean Perrett, Jeff Brown, Glenn Jones, Dianne Lindsay, Peter Simpson, James Blundell, Catherine Britt, Travis Collins, Kevin Bennett, Felicity Urquhart, Lyn Bowtell, Luke O’Shea, Amber Lawrence, Adam Eckersley, Gina Jeffreys, Colin Buchanan, Brad Butcher, Davison Brothers, Tania Kernaghan, Lawrie Minson along with family of Joy and Slim Anne Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick, James Arneman & Flora Smith (Small Town Romance), Hannah Kirkpatrick, Daniel Kirkpatrick and Kate Arneman.

Check out this classic performance of ‘Lights On The Hill’ from Slim Dusty and Joy McKean

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Son of Joy and Slim, David Kirkpatrick says, “We are so excited to be able to celebrate this incredible milestone in Tamworth. The festival has been an annual highlight in our family for many years, so it seems only fitting that we honour Mum where it all really started.”

And there’s no doubt, that despite her age, Joy will most definitely be the life of the party!

Concert for Joy

Featuring Paul Kelly, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole, Don Walker, Graeme Connors, Sara Storer, Adam Harvey, Bill Chambers, Dean Perrett, Jeff Brown, Glenn Jones, Dianne Lindsay, Peter Simpson, James Blundell, Catherine Britt, Travis Collins, Kevin Bennett, Felicity Urquhart, Lyn Bowtell, Luke O’Shea, Amber Lawrence, Adam Eckersley, Gina Jeffreys, Colin Buchanan, Brad Butcher, Davison Brothers, Tania Kernaghan, Lawrie Minson along with family of Joy and Slim Anne Kirkpatrick, David Kirkpatrick, James Arneman & Flora Smith (Small Town Romance), Hannah Kirkpatrick, Daniel Kirkpatrick and Kate Arneman.

Wednesday January 22, 2020

Tamworth Regional Entertainment Conference Centre, Tamworth NSW

Tickets: TCMF Website