Tom Curtain and Luke O’Shea win two Golden Guitar Awards for ‘Never Never Land’
Words by Rebecca Belt, The Country Journo
IN WHAT can only be described as dream run for Luke O’Shea and Tom Curtain, they have taken out the gongs for Toyota Heritage Song of the Year and CMC Video Clip of the Year with Never Never Land at the 46th Toyota Golden Guitar Awards tonight, Saturday, January 27, in Tamworth.
In what has been a year of musical successes for both artists, the wins are testament to the strength of songwriting and musicianship between the two mates. Luke won another Golden Guitar last year – his seventh, and Tom’s album, Territory Time, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart. These latest wins brings Luke’s tally to nine Golden Guitars and these are the first two for Tom.
“I’m very grateful and extremely humbled to receive these awards, especially being up against such strong competition,” Tom said.
“After being away from the country music industry for the last 10 years, to come back in with two finalist placings and pick up two Golden Guitar is absolutely mind blowing. A massive thanks to Luke OShea, Matt Fell for producing the track, Rebecca Belt for the awesome publicity, CMAA, the radio stations and Annabel McLarty for her unwavering support, and of course all the people for supporting my music and the Top End.”
Luke said he was honoured to receive the Golden Guitars for a song and video that was inspired by Australia.
“For countless generations, this land has inspired song,” he said.
“I am blessed to be to a travelling singer-songwriter who gets to experience the incredible diversity and heart-aching beauty of this ancient land – each region is amazing in its own way but there is something overwhelming and powerful about Australia’s Top End.
“Never Never Land is our (Tom Curtain and myself) humble attempt to try to encapsulate the spirit and breath of the Northern Territory – and the fact it has connected with people strong enough for them to cast their vote our way, is, as a writer, deeply satisfying but nothing will ever compare to the real thing and truly, as we say in the song, ‘you’ve got to see it to understand’.”
Never Never Land, produced by Matt Fell and Luke O’Shea, was the first single from Tom’s latest album, Territory Time. The track and accompanying video celebrates the diversity and difference throughout the Northern Territory and the way of life that Territorians love.
Both artists are available for interviews.