Multiple Golden Guitar winner, Tom Curtain, has again hit the road, to celebrate the release of his fifth studio album ‘Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us’ which debuted at No.1 on the Australian iTunes Country Music Chart in October. Curtain is touring his national award-winning outback show, Katherine Outback Experience and live music event through Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania (music only) and South Australia.
It’s been three years since Curtain last toured the east coast due to ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19 outbreaks and lockdowns.
“It’s been a tough few years for the entertainment and tourism industries but we have to keep pushing forward, even if it means changing plans last minute and trying new things,” he said.
The outback show comprises an hour of horse training and working dog demonstrations including hands-on fun for the kids followed by live music by Tom and fellow singer songwriters Chris Matthews and Melissa Fraser.
“Our show on the road is a snapshot of the experience in Katherine. It’s more about the training of the animals and we are passionate about making it really family orientated,” Tom said.
“It’s raw and real. Guests love the interaction with the animals and feel like they get extra value for the training tips we share,” the singer-songwriter said.
Tom’s tourist attraction, Katherine Outback Experience, won 2021 Best Tourist Attraction in Australia at the National Tourism Awards and more recently was awarded the Best Tourist Attraction at the Northern Territory Tourism Awards for the fourth consecutive year.
A cause close to Tom’s heart is Dolly’s Dream. As an official ambassador, Tom uses his music and shows as a platform to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and wellbeing in our rural communities.
“We are still getting a lot of really positive responses to my song, Speak Up, because unfortunately the message resonates all too well with the communities we visit and bullying is complex issue with no simple solution,” Tom said.
“We hear from a lot of families saying that the song has given them an opportunity to talk to their kids about the lyrics and what’s going on in their lives,” he said.
Despite the challenges of the last few years, Tom hasn’t slowed down. In October he released his fifth album, produced by the renown Garth Porter at Rancom St Studios in Sydney. He has been enjoying chart success with the first two singles released from the album both going to No.1 on the Country Songs Top 40 Australian Airplay Chart of which he currently holds the longest run on the Chart at 28 weeks with his single ‘Why We Live Out Here’.
Tom and his team have already performed 20 shows since leaving Katherine in late October with his two youngest children, Harry, three and Lottie, one, wife Annabel, three staff, Isobell, Rod and Kellie, eight horses, twelve dogs and three goats.
“Logistically it’s a bit tougher this year with two busy toddlers on the road but it’s all part of the adventure,” he said.
“This is the sixth consecutive summer we have toured and every year we are getting better at it with small improvements or new technology,” Tom said.
Over the coming months the show will continue winding south through Queensland and New South Wales for the Tamworth Country Music Festival in mid-January before continuing down through Victoria followed by Tasmania with just the music and then into South Australia. The team will then commence the journey home back to the Northern Territory ready for the 2023 tourist season to commence in May 2023.
Upcoming shows include:
- Friday 6 January – Kumbia Racecourse – Kumbia – QLD
- Saturday 7 January – Stanthorpe Showground – Stanthorpe – QLD
- Sunday 8 January – Tenterfield Showground – Tenterfield – NSW
- Friday 13 January – Glen Innes Showground – Glen Innes – NSW
- Saturday 14 January – Warialda Showground – Warialda – NSW
- Sunday 15 January – Armidale NEGS Undercover Arena – Armidale – NSW
- Tuesday 17 January – Spring Creek Undercover Arena, Loomberah – Tamworth – NSW
- Thursday 19 January – Spring Creek Undercover Arena, Loomberah – Tamworth – NSW
- Wednesday 25 January – White Park Indoor Arena – Scone, NSW
- Friday 27 January – Blayney Showground Indoor Arena – Blayney, NSW
- Saturday 28 January – Mudgee AREC – Mudgee – NSW
- Sunday 29 January – Molong Campdraft Ground – Molong – NSW
- Friday 3 February – Narrandera Showground – Nerrandera – NSW
- Saturday 4 February – Charles Sturt University Undercover Arena – Wagga Wagga – NSW
- Sunday 5 February – Spring Spur – Bright – VIC
- Friday 10 February – Bundalong Tavern – Yarrawonga – VIC
- Saturday 11 February – Swan Hill Riding For Disabled Undercover Arena – Swan Hill – VIC
- Sunday 12 February – Elmore Equestrian Centre Indoor Arena– Elmore – VIC
- Friday 17 February – Ballarat Equestrian Centre – Ballarat – VIC
- Saturday 18 February – Werribee National Equestrian Centre – Werribee, VIC
- Sunday 19 February – Healsville Pony Club – Healseville – VIC
- Friday 24 February – Mornington Peninsular Pony Club – Mornington – VIC
- Saturday 25 February – Cairnbrook Indoor Equestrian Centre – Glengarry, VIC
- Sunday 26 February – Bairnsdale Race Track – Bairnsdale, VIChttps://www.tomcurtain.com.au/tour/
- Friday 10 March – Colac Showground – Colac – VIC
- Saturday 11 March – Koroit Showground – Koroit – VIC
- Sunday 12 March – Horsham – VIC
- Monday 13 March – Mt Gambier Showground – Mt Gambier – SA
- Friday 24 March – Pinnaroo Showground- SA
- Saturday 25 March – Murray Bridge – SA
- Friday 31 March – Eudunda Showground – Eudunda – SA
- Saturday 1 April – Waikerie Pony Cub – Waikerie – SA
- Sunday 2 April – Petersville Hall – SA
- Saturday 8 April – Barossa Helicopters – Lyndoch – SA
- Sunday 9 April – Melrose Showground – Melrose – SA
*Further dates to be announced
**Tickets are on sale now via https://www.tomcurtain.com.au/tour/ **