Musicoz - Australian Independent Music Awards
Photo by Di Stacey
Artwork by Danielle Lewis
Allison's TCMF2016 was a stellar year and one of her career highlights. It involved a string of huge gigs with an incredible band at nearly all of the venues in Tamworth and of course not only competing as a Top Ten Finalist in the prestigious Toyota Star Maker competition but being announced in the Top Three and spending the whole week as a Grand Finalist with the lovely Missy Lancaster and Karin Page who would go on to take the title. It was filled with amazing moments such as supporting The McClymonts, meeting Guy Sebastian and of course performing at Toyota Park at the Concert For Rural Australia with Lee Kernaghan and Beccy Cole.
August 30th 2013 saw Allison release her long-awaited debut E.P. "What'll Happen To Me Now?".
The E.P. reached number 12 in the iTunes Country Chart with the likes of Alan Jackson, George Strait and Keith Urban.
Accompanied by a top notch band including Michael Muchow, Cameron Lesley and Beau Baker, the EP was officially kicked off by an explosive night of entertainment, great music and fun. With special guest appearances by Lou Bradley, Ashleigh Dallas, Jodie Crosby, Deanna Rose, Melody Feder and Ethan Crosby-Wolfe before many industry professionals the record has been well received by fans and peers.
Wednesday April 6th 2016 marked the release of the long-awaited second EP from Allison Forbes, 'Augustine'. With ARIA-winning producer Shane Nicholson back in the drivers seat, Allison will secure her spot in alt-country in Australia. Thought provoking lyrics and addictive melodies will having tapping your toes and tugging your heart strings
Photo by Captains Eye Photography
Stepping way out of her comfort zone, Allison kicked up her heels for a cause by competing in Tamworth's answer to Dancing With The Stars. It is held annually and all proceeds go to the Cancer Council. She tap-danced her way around the stage to the smash hit from the musical 'Singing in the Rain'!
Fresh from her very first appearance at The Gympie Music Muster, Allison continues to take the year by storm being announced as a finalist for two Southern Star Awards at Mildura, an Australian Roots Music Award at Nimbin and also in the Musicoz - Australian Independent Music Awards!!!! She also won the Tamworth faction of the Passport to Airlie Beach band competition which won her spots to perform later this year.
What a TCMF for Allison in 2014! As well as headlining her own shows, she performed alongside the likes of Brad Butcher, Kasey Chambers, 8 Ball Aitken, Matt Henry, Jess Holland, Harry Hookey and so many more. She took out the TSA/APRA New Songwriter Award and was invited by Shane Nicholson to perform at his SOLD OUT show at The Family Hotel!
Allison and her Toyota ECHO have been all around the country side in the last few months and will bring home the red-headed rebel just in time for the festive season and for the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2017. Also tagging along for the ride will be the "Best EP" award from the Nimbin Roots festival !! Tamworth 2017 is looking to be another cracker for Allison so stay tuned for all the dates!! In the meantime, check out some of the moments captured.....
Allison has packed up her troubles and heads off into the sunset in her poptop caravan! She's making music all over the country this year with her partner and dog. Already doing shows with Brad Butcher and Aleyce Simmonds, Jess Holland, Kelly Cork, a tour with the wonderful Montgomery Church, a huge Hats Off to Country Festival in Tamworth and earlier 2018, she even took the famous Medicine Show Sessions on the road to Brisbane! In August she will head North to play at Barkly Homestead in the NT and then in October will join the Aussie Road Crew with Beccy Cole and Libby O'Donovan and special guests such as Shane Nicholson and Luke O'Shea. You never know where she might pop-up! Let the songs flow for an upcoming project.....stay tuned.
2017 may forever be known as the year that Allison rejoined the Tamworth Musical Society. She jumped back on stage over the last few months for their production of 'Rock of Ages', the fun-filled musical of 80's metal bands and crimped hair.
In February 2014 and March 2015, Allison was thrilled to be announced as a semi-finalist in the WORLD FAMOUS International Songwriting Competition. Her songs "What'll Happen To Me Now?" and "Devil May Care" was heard by a judging panel including some of the most famous country artists and producers in the world such as Martina McBride and Old Crow Medicine Show
Southern Stars - Mildura Photo by Greg Sylvia
with Kerrie Garside and Lola Brinton
Set for a big weekend, Allison is all over the 2017 Hats Off to Country Festival in Tamworth this year. Sharing the stage with two of Tamworth favourite performers Jared Scott and Ryan Sampson on Sat 8th July, she's kicking off the show for Matt Scullion at The Albert Hotel then on Sunday is her Big Birthday Bash Bonanza at The Albert Hotel featuring some amazing performers from all over the country!! Stay tuned for details......
Airlie Beach Music Festival with James Van Cooper and Bill Chambers
The Ladies of Country Show, Mildura Photo by Greg Sylvia
Photo by Bec Peters