The early years 5CD set


5CD Box Set Features: Down Home (1974), Let The Songs Keep Flowing Strong and Naturally (1976), Shoot The Moon (1978), Annie’s Songs (1980), Come Back Again (1987)

Media release

Universal  Music  Australia  is  proud  to  announce  the  release  of  this  fabulous collection  of  Anne  Kirkpatricks’  early  work in  a  special  CD  pack containing  Kirkpatrick’s first  5  complete  studio  albums  released  between  1974  and  1987.

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Annethology album release

Almost forty years after cutting a first, tentative solo single, three dozen years after crafting an acclaimed debut album, Anne Kirkpatrick, has painstakingly drawn together, as Annethology, the essence of her impressive and admirable body of work – a long-awaited Best Of ranging across a wide musical terrain. Selected from her 13 album releases from1974 through to 2010 Annethology was  released on the family label Nulla Records in August 2010. The aptly titled Annethology features 21 of Anne’s classic recordings from her long and enduring solo career  as well as 2 new tracks recorded with respected veteran  musician Bill Chambers,  the co-written ‘Last Drive’  and a cover of a  classic country duet,  “Here We Are’. In their respective family groups, Anne ( The Slim Dusty Family Show) and Bills ( Dead Ringer Band) touring paths must have crossed, but surprisingly this is  the first time they have actually worked together in the studio.

“Anne’s voice is a perfect example of pure country soul”

“I’ve been a huge fan of Anne Kirkpatrick ever since she performed as a teenager in the Slim Dusty show many years ago. Getting to work with Anne and sing the duet was definitely a career highlight for me”. Bill Chambers. The Annethology album was  released on Dusty Families Nulla Records label (distributed by Universal Music) and is available on CD through retail and online as a Digital Download. Order your copy of Annetholgy »


Dalby_D_of_CountryAnne and her cousin Dianne Lindsay have teamed up over the last few years to do some very special  shows together.     Anne and Dianne  are the ‘Daughters’  of the McKean Sisters,  Joy and Heather  (respectively!) ,  who , of course, married Slim Dusty and Reg Lindsay!—respectively!

The show celebrates this unique musical heritage with songs from all the family.  Anne and Dianne have a lot of fun touring this show!,  which also features Dianne’s husband Peter Simpson,  and Anne’s son,  Jim Arneman.

Continuing the family tradition, Jim  duets with his Mum on classics such as the Jimmie Rodgers song, ‘Old Pal’,  which was a standard duet of Anne & Slim’s.,  plus songs from his own repertoire and backing Anne on guitar and harmony vocals.

Jim tours with the show when not  gigging with his main musical line-ups,  ‘Small Town Romance’  and ‘Indian Pacific’.



Slim Dusty Family Reunion

Anne and her family recorded the “SLIM DUSTY FAMILY REUNION” album at Slim’s Columbia Lane Studio in July 2007. It features 3 previously unreleased Slim Dusty tracks, plus original solo tracks from Anne, David, James, Hannah, Kate and Joy.

Two finalist nominations at the 2009  Tamworth Awards capped off an amazing 2008,which saw the release of the album and a family tour which took in 24 dates throughout NSW, Victoria and Queensland . Following on from the tour, a Slim Dusty Family “Live In Concert” DVD that captured the final and historic concert tour performance was released. The DVD features 3 generations of the Slim Dusty Family as they take you on an exhilarating and unique Australian country music journey, sharing many Slim Dusty memories (both on film and stills) and including their musical tributes to Slim with many of his classics as well as perfomances from their own #1 Reunion album.

Album Review from Brisbane Courier Mail, David Costello.

The brood raised by Slim Dusty and Joy McKean is Australia’s version of the venerable Carter family. Both clans are folk institutions known for music that is sturdy and honest and a world away from the glib formats that dominate modern country.

This album centres on generational change following Dusty’s death. McKean, who has a lovely old style voice that evokes Maybelle Carter, shares singing duties with children David and Anne Kirkpatrick and four grandchildren.

There are some Slim snippets including the lovely Don Walker track “How Good It is”. It is almost prayer-like in its simplicity, “How good is life…Just take it in a while and grin”, and creates a mood of celebration and optimism.

David and Anne Kirkpatrick duet on Paul Kelly’s “Pick It Up And Pass It On” and their own songs have an interesting contrast.

His are old-style ballads – “Old Purple” is about Slim’s famous Ford – while her “Road Dreamin” is a Gram Parsons-style country workout.

Of the grandchildren, Hannah Kirkpatrick and James Arneman have pure, earnest voices while Kate Arneman brings a light touch to McKeanÂ’s “High, Wide And Handsome”.

The Dusty legacy, it would seem, is in good hands.

Showmans daughter

Anne’s critically acclaimed 11th solo album, Showman’s Daughter, won gold at the 2007 Tamworth CMAA Awards for Bush Ballad of the Year with the track Peppimentarti Cradle, a song which also saw Anne win the Female Vocal award at the Bungendore Stan Coster Memorial Awards. The song was penned by legendary songwriter Joy McKean. The album was also a finalist for ARIA’s Best Country Release 2007.