Anne KIRKPATRICK (1979)
1952 – Born on the 4th
of July in Granville, Sydney.
1962 - Started performing in her
parents' travelling country show.
1963 – Started boarding college.
Studied piano and recorded duets with her father.
1967 – Moved to
where she finished her schooling and was involved in a group
playing at local concerts.
1974 - Anne released her first
solo album, “Down Home”.
1976 - After university, Anne hit
the road with the family show for the next couple of years,
releasing another solo album, “Let The Songs Keep Flowing Strong
1979 – Anne and a few
like-minded musicians from her fathers’ backing band formed the
Anne Kirkpatrick Band. Playing the inner city pub circuit in
they gained a strong mainstream audience and consolidated a
loyal country audience. Golden Guitar for Female Vocalist of the
Year with "Grievous Angel" from the “Shoot The Moon” album.
Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1980’s greatest hits collection
1982 – Released “Merry Go Round
1985 - South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1988 - After a short break to
raise her family she reappeared with a new album, “Come Back
Again”. Produced by Mark Moffatt, “Come Back Again” saw Anne
nominated for Best Country Album at the 1988 ARIA Awards and
also for Most Popular Female artist, alongside performers Jenny
Morris and Kylie Minogue.
1990 - She released a duet album
with her father, “Two Singers - One Song”,
1991 – Golden Guitar for Top
Selling Album for “Two Singers – One Song”, and was also an ARIA
finalist for Best Country Album.
In the following years Anne
played both with her own bands and the Slim Dusty Show.
In the same year Anne recorded a
number of tracks for ABC Records’ 0-9 series of children’s
albums, which subsequently led to a signing with the newly
formed ABC country label.
1991 - Release “Out Of The
Blue”, her first album for ABC Country was heralded as a
watershed album in Australian country music and her album
“Showman’s Daughter” was declared by Bruce Elder of the Sydney
Morning Herald to be "a remarkable achievement that keeps
Australian country music in the hands of the nation’s first
family". ARIA Best Country Album, two Golden Guitar Awards in
for Best Album and Best Female Vocal and a Mo Award.
1992 – ARIA Best Country Album
with “Out of the Blue”.
for Album of the Year with “Out of the Blue” and Female Vocalist
of the Year with “I Guess we’ve been Together Too Long”.
1993 - “Game of Love” released,
the title track winning APRA Country Song of The Year for
writers Heather Fields and James Gillard and a Mo Award for
Female Country Performer of the Year.
1995 – Release of “Anne
Kirkpatrick and Friends Live” recorded at the annual Country
Music Festival held in Tamworth.
It was an album celebrating 21 years of solo recording for Anne.
It included duets with friends from the industry such as Lee
Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daly and Jane Saunders and was also a
wonderful celebration of Anne’s unique musical heritage with
tracks recorded with Slim and Joy and also her brother David.
1997 – “Cry Like A Man” was
released, and Anne toured
as support artist for her father Slim Dusty.
2001 – “Travellin’ Still...Always
Will”, was released and features the title track that Anne wrote
as a tribute to Slim and Joy and their remarkable pioneering
It is a very special album for
Anne as it was a collaborative effort with her father Slim
Dusty, featuring a number of duets as well as solo tracks from
both Anne and Slim.
2003 - People’s Choice Awards –
Best Bush Ballad with “Travellin’ Still .... Always Will”.
2005 - Tracy and Anne won the
Golden Guitar for Vocal Collaboration of The Year with “Back to
those Rolling Plains”. This was the first song of Stan Coster
that Slim recorded.
2006 – Release of “Showman’s
Daughter” an album of raw authentic performances and insightful
and at times deeply personal stories.
The writing credits read like a
branch of the Dusty family tree with contributions from Anne,
her mother Joy McKean, her late father Slim Dusty and her son
James Arneman. Also featured are songs from writers who have
enjoyed long associations with the family, such as Cold Chisel’s
2007 - Anne won her 6th Golden
Guitar Award at
for Bush Ballad of the Year with the Joy McKean-penned track
"Peppimenarti Cradle". Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards –
Female Vocal with Peppimenarti Cradle".
2008 - Released April, is the
Slim Dusty Family Reunion album, featuring 3 generations of the
Dusty clan. Anne toured extensively in 2008 as part of the
Family Reunion Tour.
2009 - Stan Coster Memorial Bush
Ballad Awards – Female Vocal with “Took His Saddle Home”.
2010 - Stan Coster Memorial Bush
Ballad Awards – Group or Duo with Dianne Lindsay for “Long Road
Home”. Elevated to the Roll of Renown.