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Dynamic Country Duo Double Up At Belmont

Dynamic Country Duo Double Up At Belmont

Who: Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole
Where: Belmont 16ft Sailing Club
When: Saturday March 18, 2006

T'S no secret that Adam Harvey is one of the country's most successful country music artists of the past decade.

The multiple Golden Guitar winner and three- time CMAA Male Vocalist of the Year, Harvey has added yet another achievement by being named the official ambassador of the 2007 Telstra Road to Tamworth. The Telstra Road to Tamworth competition is a nationwide talent quest that identifies heat winners from across Australia.

The heat winners qualify for the finals series which will be held at the Tamworth Country Music Festival between January 19 and 28 next year.

Harvey, from Bateau Bay on the Central Coast, said the competition provided a chance for aspiring musicians to follow their dreams.

``The competition reflects the growth of country music as a popular genre and will help identify and foster aspiring country music artists,'' Harvey said.

``I think Telstra Country Wide's support is fantastic as it is nurturing new country music talent in Australia and I am really excited about being involved in this year's competition.'' Harvey will perform at Belmont 16ft Sailing Club on Saturday night alongside Beccy Cole who knows a thing or two about getting a leg-up in talent searches.

Cole's big break came when she won the Toyota Star Maker contest in 1993.

Her win led to the release of her debut single, Foolin Around, for which she collected her first Golden Guitar for Best New Talent at the 1994 Country Music Awards.

Her last album, Little Victories, generated several number one hits including Blackwood Hill and Men Don't Dance. Cole began singing as a 14-year-old in her mum Carole Sturtzel's band and she was also a member of the Dead Ringer Band who she was busking with when they were discovered in Tamworth.

These days, Cole has carved out her own reputation as a solo artist.

``The album title is pretty accurate. I've never felt so free and so in control of my life,'' Cole said.

``I'm doing what I love, and if I can make people happy in the process, and inspire a whole new generation of country singers, then I'm giving something back to the industry that's done so much for me.'' Harvey and Cole will perform solo and unite together on a few tracks when they appear at Belmont on Saturday from 8.30pm.

The double-header tour comes on the back of sell-out shows the pair performed at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

Tickets cost $27.50 and are on sale at the club.

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