Alt-Country star confirms North East stop in final run of national tour

Kasey Chambers delighted fans on the Border when she and Bernard Fanning performed a sold-out Sooner or Later tour concert at Albury in February, and now North East fans are buzzing with confirmation the country star will perform at Wangaratta.

Chambers has just returned from her most successful US tour – seven weeks, 21 states and 28 mostly sold-out shows – is is about to hit the road for her Dragonfly Tour.

She will play Wangaratta’s Performing Arts Centre on November 23, with tickets being snapped up quickly.

The region is close to Chambers’ heart and she will draw on some of her early experiences in Wangaratta for the show.

Chambers said in a radio interview this week said she and her band always had great shows in Albury and the Wangaratta area.

“I actually used to tour a lot around that area and spent a lot of time there, even outside of gigs when I was playing with my family's Dead Ringer Band,” she said.

“We had a manager that lived in Albury so we spent a lot of time around there and got to know a lot of people in that area. I try to get back there as much as I can, I like supporting the places that supported me before anyone cared or knew who I was.

“I’ve written songs early in my career in Wangaratta that have ended up on records.”

Her latest album, Dragonfly, topped the charts after it was released at the start of the year and featured the input of her brother Nash and Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly.

The record traverses alt and traditional country, rock, folk, blues and even jazz.

“I feel like I’m more connected to this record than I have been to other records in a while,” she told Fairfax Media. “I feel more myself on this record than I ever have. Like I found a new side of myself or I’ve tapped into some of the older sounds I had on The Captain.”

The Lowdown

What: Kasey Chambers – Dragonfly Tour

When: November 23, Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre, 8pm

Tickets: from $44