Hamish & Lachlan Davidson won their first Golden Guitar Award last Saturday night (Jan 24th 2009) at the Tamworth Country Music Festival – NSW. The boys were nominated in three categories and were awarded the trophy for Fender Instrumental of the Year with the original track Left Hand Drive, from their current self-titled album out on Shock Records.
This award had previously been won by Keith Urban and Tommy Emmanuel. The Davidson Brothers also performed the award winning track on the night.
From their perspective, the Tamworth festival was a huge success for them. They performed their famous Bluegrass Breakfast show to full houses each day of the festival. Their band featured Peter Cooper on Guitar, Andy Toombs on Bass and Nashville based musician, Aaron Till on fiddle. They were joined each day by a variety of guest artist’s each day.
On the Tuesday night of the festival during the TIARA (Tamworth Independent Artist Recognition Association) Awards, the Davidsons also won the Barry Thornton Memorial Instrumental Award for the same track – Left Hand Drive.
To round out the festival Hamish took out his first Australian National Bluegrass Championship on the Banjo, while Lachlan won the Mandolin championship for the second year running. The National Bluegrass Championships were held during their breakfast show but, both managed to compete in the championships with help from the various drivers who made several trips back and forward across town.
In other news, the Davidson Brothers’ latest latest album Raised on the Road has been nominated in seven categories at the 2009 Victorian & Country Music Awards. The outcome of these awards will be announced on Friday the 6th of February as a part of the Whittlesea Country Music Festival