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An Intimate Evening In The Country

An Intimate Evening In The Country

Who: Darren Coggan and Felicity Urquart
Where: Hexham Bowling Club
Author: Jade Lazarevic
When: Friday March 4, 2005

TWO of Australia's favourite country music performers have teamed for a special regional concert at HEXHAM BOWLING CLUB next month.

Singer/songwriters DARREN COGGAN and FELICITY URQUHART will tour and reveal the stories behind their songs in intimate acoustic performances.

Coggan will perform songs from his acclaimed albums Hometown and Balancing Act in a different light. ``Performing in an acoustic setting like this allows you to breathe new life into your songs,'' he said. ``It gives us the opportunity to try different things to what our audience would normally hear from us.

``To share the stage with a performer of Felicity's calibre is always a thrill and to tour the beautiful North Coast with our show will be just magical.'' Coggan and Urquhart won their first Golden Guitar together, along with ADAM HARVEY and BECCY COLE, for their song Do I Ever Cross Your Mind at the 2001 Australian Country Music Awards.

A versatile young performer, Coggan is an accomplished singer, songwriter, television presenter and actor.

In 1995 he won the inaugural Trans Tasman Entertainer of the Year Award and went on to take out the Toyota Star Maker Quest the following year.

He penned the title track for the DEAD RINGER BAND'S album Home Fires which went on to picked up an ARIA for Best Australian Country Release of the Year in 1996.

Success continued the following year with the release of Coggan's debut album Hometown which scored five Golden Guitar award nominations.

He has also enjoyed acting in productions of Grease and Shout - The Musical of the Wild One .

Coggan returned to recording in 2003 with the release of his second album, Balancing Act, for which he was named Australian Independent Male Vocalist of the Year at the Telstra Southern Stars Australian Independent Country Music Awards.

Like Coggan, Urquhart is also looking forward to sharing the stage with one of Australia's top country music artists. ``It will be great to be touring again with Darren,'' she said.

``We have a real chemistry and respect for one another on stage and I know our audiences will enjoy the intimate, acoustic setting we have placed our songs in to reveal the stories behind them''.

``This is a very different show to anything we have toured with before; its almost a behind the scenes look at our music and the journey that our lives have taken.'' In the past year Urquhart has travelled to America several times to perform and focus on writing songs for her forthcoming album.

She is now armed with a swag of songs, co-written with some of Nashville's finest to showcase on the upcoming tour. Urquhart and Coggan will be at bring the tour to Hexham Bowling Club on Friday, March 4.

Tickets cost $20 and are available at the venue.

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