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Sally-Anne Whitten
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When David Gilchrist from the Creative Arts and Digital Media faculty at Tamworth TAFE had the brilliant idea of recording interviews at the Country Music Festival, he could see that it would be a great practical experience for his students. They would be able to go amongst the crowds with a hand held digital device (a mobile phone for example) and record interviews with locals, visitors and country music stars – then bring them back to the studio in TAFE to edit and learn a great deal about multi media in the process. But, he realised, no one outside of TAFE would ever get to hear the interviews.
So, he contacted Tim Blakely - a Tamworth based communications expert (whom he had worked with before on multi-media projects), for his advice. Tim had just started to build the website: www.tamworthcountrymusic.com.au  and offered the opportunity to broadcast the interviews made by the TAFE students on the new site. Adding another dimension to the students learning experience he would teach them how to ‘upload’ their files onto the internet and possibly reach a world wide audience. Podcasting was now possible.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia, a podcast is a multimedia file distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds, for playback on mobile devices and personal computers.
To test the podcast process, a local singer/songwriter Sally-Anne Whitten agreed to be interviewed by the editor and co-director of the site Alison Windmill, and the result can be heard by clicking the podcast button on the home page of www.tamworthcountrymusic.com.au
Alison has also interviewed Leigh Ivin from The Re-mains and Tony Sargeant - a Bush Balladeer and BBQ Technician.

The website will eventually build up a valuable archive of interviews including the TAFE students work and also interviews uploaded from local radio stations 2TM and FM 92.9.

The radio stations are very keen to provide a way for their listeners who can’t be at the festival this year, to still share in the experience. One of the amazing things with podcasts is that you are able to listen to them whenever you like!

Artists and venues who would like to publicise their Tamworth gigs on www.tamworthcountrymusic.com.au  (all year round) are encouraged to become a member and submit to the free Gig Guide. Anyone can access the Gig Guide and sort it by day or artist. You can even choose your own itinerary and print it out or email to a friend. www.tamworthcountrymusic.com.au  has Tamworth Country Music covered in cyberspace, all year round.
Alison Windmill
T: 02 6766 1839
On the Inside a Top Ten for Sally Anne Whitten

Sally Anne Whitten’s latest single On The Inside hung on the big screen when the debut of the film-clip directed by Ross Wood aired at a highly inventive launch at the Regent Cinema in Tamworth in August. Sally-Anne and her band performed live before 200 people prior to the screening of the clip.

The enthusiastic acceptance by the audience which included many of Tamworth’s music fraternity mirrored the fun of the clip which was filmed in Tamworth at Diggers and on the beach at the Central Coast.

‘Launching an EP and a film clip at a local cinema made perfect sense’ Sally said.

‘It was so different and I had a lot of fun working with the band on the tiny stage in front of the screen. We did every track on the EP including On the Inside live on stage. ‘

Released on NfS 107 in September the single received widespread Australian airplay and great feedback even as far away as Europe where French DJ/journalist and reviewer Roland Lanzarone described Sally’s songs as ‘Melt in Your Boots’ material!

In October One Stop Entertainment picked up the EP for distribution; the clip made the CMC charts at #39 and it received a nomination in the top ten MUSICOZ Country Artist Of The Year finalists. Australia’s Premier Music Awards for Unsigned Artists in 18 music genres the MusicOz Awards were staged last night November 14 at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney.

Most of Sally-Anne’s live gigs and numerous radio interviews are in and around Northwest NSW and Sydney. And January’s festival gigs are mostly organised either booked or waiting confirmation.

‘On the Inside is entered in the TIARA’s TSA’s, and CMAA Gold Guitars and I have heaps of festival dates not all confirmed but in the vicinity of 20 or so and that’s including gigs at The Vault, The Tudor and The Central’.

Look for Sally-Anne’s interview with journalist Rebecca Gracie in tomorrow’s Northern Daily Leader edition of Your Time.
Tamworth Festival 2003
Wests Diggers Bar

Sally-Anne Whitten

 Sally's Dad on Bass                      Terry Phillpot on Drums                                 

Terry Terry Phillpot                        Sally-Anne Whitten and her Dad on Bass                   


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