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Song You Need to Know: Fanny Lumsden, ‘Tidy Town’

Releasing the ARIA Award-winning Fallow in early 2020, Fanny Lumsden closes out 2022 with the video for the immersive ‘Tidy Town’.


As Fanny Lumsden slowly tends towards the two-year anniversary of her stellar ARIA Award-winning album, Fallow, the acclaimed country musician has unveiled the video for one of the album’s high points, “Tidy Town”.

Introducing the viewer to a handful of unique characters, the clip for “Tidy Town” featured the directorial talents of Lumsden and Dan Stanley Freeman as they filmed within New South Wales’ Snowy Valleys. Featuring local, hard-working businesses that have had it tough as they persevered through fires, floods, and a pandemic, it serves as not only a testament to the tenacity of the characters within the video, but also the locals themselves.

“‘Tidy Town’ is a song about the classic tale of ‘don’t be too quick to judge’, and how cliches always seem to cloud our view of the truth, and although they have their place there is always more to the story,” Lumsden explains.

“We wanted to capture this in the ‘Tidy Town’ clip, by almost making the visuals confusing,” she adds. “38 weeks pregnant, in a wedding dress, driving a B Double is not really what you expect, but it really paints the picture of there clearly being more to the story, so you have to trust and go with it.”

As Lumsden says in the chorus itself; “This tidy town it’s got nothing to hide, but there’s more than meets the eye.”

The video for “Tidy Town” arrives following a rather bittersweet period for Lumsden. While Fallow found itself winning five Golden Guitar awards back in January (and nabbed a nomination for the video for “Dig” at next year’s awards), a forced break in the Northern Territory due to lockdown and border closures resulted in a very long ’round-the-country road trip back home (with caravan in tow) – all the while being heavily pregnant.

Needless to say, 2022 will not only be welcomed with open arms due to the cautious optimism it hopes to provide, but also due to the large run of tour dates that Lumsden will be embarking on from January. Full tour details are available below.

Fanny Lumsden’s Fallow is out via Cooking Vinyl Australia.

Fanny Lumsden 2022 Tour

Friday, January 14th, 2022
CHT Spiegeltent, Barwon Heads, VIC

Saturday, January 22nd, 2022
Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Friday, January 28th, 2022
CHT Tenterfield Scout Hall, Tenterfield, NSW

Friday, February, 11th, 2022
CHT Violet Town Community Complex

Saturday, February 12th, 2022
CHT Newry Hall, Newry, VIC

Friday, February 25th, 2022
Tumbafest, Tumbarumba, NSW

Saturday, March 5th, 2022
Capital Country Festival
Stage 88, Canberra, ACT

Friday, March 11th, 2022
CHT Furner Community Hall, Furner, SA

Sunday, March 13th, 2022
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Wonderland Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA

Friday, March 18th, 2022
CHT Trundle War Memorial Hall, Trundle, NSW

Saturday, March 19th, 2022
CHT Grenfell Show Pavilion, Grenfell, NSW

Friday, March 25th, 2022
CHT Ariah Park Memorial Hall, Ariah Park, NSW

Saturday, March 26th, 2022
Montreal Community Theatre, Tumut, NSW

Sunday, March 27th, 2022
CHT Wombat Soldiers Memorial Hall, Wombat, NSW

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022
Club Sapphire, Merimbula, NSW

Thursday, March 31st, 2022
BMEC, Bathurst, NSW

Saturday, April 2nd, 2022
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Sunday, April 3rd, 2022
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Monday, April 4th, 2022
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Friday, April 8th, 2022
Club Forster, Forster, NSW

Saturday, April 9th, 2022
Tamworth Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Monday, April 11th, 2022
The Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022
Yamba Bowling Club, Yamba, NSW

Saturday, May 28th, 2022
Boots & Beach Festival, Port Macquarie, NSW

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