Ian Burns has proven his talents and popularity in the Australian country music scene this month, taking home two awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Kicking off in style, Macarthur singer-songwriter won the Tamworth Songwriters Association Local Heroes Song of the Year for Think Again, co-written with Mary V I Harrison and David Carter. Ian then added to his Tamworth accolades, winning Best Male Vocal in the 2021 Australian People’s Choice Awards.
Although it was a smaller festival this year, and Ian could not be in Tamworth to accept the awards in person, he was overwhelmed with the support for his music.
“I am overjoyed and really honoured,” he said.
“Thanks. Particularly, to my wife, Susie, for all her support throughout the years, and to everyone who had faith in me and voted. Thank you to my co-writers of Think Again, Mary VI Harrison and David Carter.”
This is not the first time he has won an award from the Tamworth Songwriters Association, previously winning the TSA National Songwriting Contest for Alt/Blues/Bluegrass.
The Local Heroes category in the TSAs was previously an ANZAC section to mark the centenary of World War I, but now honours all heroes in our community.
“Think Again struck a chord with people because it’s a song about never giving up no matter how much is going against you,” he said.
“It is about the fighting spirit of Australians meaning that we will get through adversity and come out bigger and stronger than ever.”
Ian plans to build on this award-winning success with more releases to come in 2021 and plenty of live gigs in the pipeline, including opening for a multi-award-winning Australian country artist in two weeks – more to come on that.