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Coasting : Issue 9 Mar 2010
4 central coast • new south wales Dreaming of Dolly Urquhart began busking with some younger cousins at age 11. She recalls the rush that she felt when strangers first tossed coins into her guitar case. “ We made $90 in 30 minutes and we looked at all that money and said: ‘Oh my God! We should do this tomorrow... and the next day’.” So that’s pretty much what Urquhart did for the next four years, honing her skills on the streets of Tamworth. “Initially, I wanted to be Dolly Parton. I’d go to sleep dreaming of playing to thousands of people,” she said. At age 15 she was signed to the local record label, Hadley Records. She was off and running. SINGER-SONGWRITER Felicity Urquhart wonders whether her teenage years in Tamworth might have been a little easier if the likes of country music superstars Taylor Swift and Keith Urban had been at the peak of their powers then. “ Looking back, high school kids in Tamworth didn’t like country music. It wasn’t cool,” Urquhart said. Never mind that Tamworth is the spiritual home of Australian country music, and the host city for the annual Australian Country Music Association Golden Guitar Awards. Nope. High school kids at Tamworth loved their pop and rock music, and country music was undeniably daggy. So Urquhart didn’t exactly fit in. She was “that girl who likes country” . “ Country music just wasn’t as cool as it is now,” Urquhart said. You see, there was no Kasey Chambers, Keith Urban and The Dixie Chicks back then. But Urquhart heard her calling to country music, and it drowned out the bleating of peer group pressure. “ Every night I’d go to sleep listening to country music. And Mum and Dad would always have their country music cassettes playing in the car,” she recalled fondly. It was during those formative years that the music of Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Rex Dallas, Anne Kirkpatrick, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings worked its magic. “It lit a spark in me,” Urquhart said. “ I loved the music and everything about it. I understood it. I got it. It spoke to me.” COASTING COVER STORY pays her dues By DAVID STEWART central coast • new south wales MULTI-TASKER: Urquhart said juggling a music career with work as a presenter on Channel Seven’s Sydney Weekender and a fill-in host of Saturday Night Country on ABC Radio was an investment in her career. Picture by Aaron Brown
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