Individually, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Darren Coggan and Felicity Urquhart are four of the most recognisable country music artists in the Australian entertainment world.
Golden Guitars, Gold records, chart topping albums and countless Number One singles between them…this merely scratches the surface of their combined achievements.
2019 marks the 20th anniversary of these four talented and highly decorated artists forming a tour called The Young Stars Of Country, a name which was the brainchild of the booking agent they shared at the time.
These young and feisty newcomers fought to have their own names splashed across the light-boxes and chalkboards of the venues they played for fear of not being remembered – they needn’t have worried.
Adam, Beccy, Darren and Felicity were not to know that this was the beginning of a musical bond and personal friendship that was to last for two decades.
While others have come and gone, tried and failed, these four have continued to rack up the accolades to remain at the forefront of the music industry today. The awesome foursome attribute much of their individual success and longevity to bonds and friendships made with fellow performers along the way.
Adam and Beccy have paired up on many occasions, most recently releasing the highly successful album The Great Country Songbook Volume II in 2017. Their collaborative touring has taken them on ten national tours together.
Darren and Felicity have not only shared stages together, but also the small screen in their capacity as presenters on Channel 7’s Sydney Weekender. Their most recent collaboration Inasmuch was the final track on Darren’s stunning 2017 release The Wide Horizon.
“We are all so excited to be reuniting. It seems like yesterday when we all started touring together and we can’t believe it was 20 years ago,” Adam said.
“We were just kids back then and now we all have kids of our own! We are going to have plenty of laughs and a whole lot of fun at these shows.
“It’s going to be very special to share the stage again with such great mates.”
“Young Stars…when I think of those days touring I see the smiles on our faces, the big belly laughs and the mischievous after gig parties,” said Felicity Urquhart.
“I think of nursing Ricky while Beccy was on stage not having a clue what to do with a baby. We had stars in our eyes and it was a quick learn on what touring was all about.”
If we rewind back to 2001, Felicity, Darren, Beccy and Adam shared in a Golden Guitar Award win for “Vocal Collaboration of the Year” with their live version of Dolly Parton’s Do I Ever Cross Your Mind recorded at the Gympie Muster during Beccy’s main stage performance, a version we’re sure to hear once again when this reunion hits the road.
“It’s really no surprise that the four of us have remained friends for 20 years, those early days of touring hold the fondest of memories,” said Beccy.
“This reunion is special because not only do we present as four individual enduring artists, but also four dear friends. Get ready for the stories, the secrets and the laughs!”
Darren Coggan said, “I’m so grateful to have Adam, Beccy and Felicity in my life and I am thrilled to be sharing the stage with them again for this ‘reunion’ tour. I know it’s going to be one of the most rewarding and exciting chapters of my career”.
Darren has spent much of 2019 touring to sell-out houses in his highly acclaimed Rhinestone Cowboy show, a mirror of the success he created with Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story.
Felicity left Tamworth in January with a brand new Golden Guitar Award (her eighth) shared with her highly successful group Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart.
And in April of this year, she released her seventh studio album Frozen Rabbit before hitting the road with one of Australia’s brightest new talents, Brad Butcher.
Beccy Cole started 2019 with winning her 11th Golden Guitar Award for “Female Artist of the Year” and has packed out venues on her Lioness tour since the album’s late 2018 release.
The album also recently took out “Best Independent Country Album” at the AIR (Australian Independent Record) Awards.
Adam Harvey’s 2018 release The Nashville Tapes was received to rave reviews and has seen him playing to sell-out crowds across Australia. The album debuted at #1 on the national ARIA Country albums chart and at #9 on the national mainstream all genres chart.
When four artists come together after 20 years of love and respect for each other, the audience is in for a once in a lifetime treat.
Don’t miss Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, Darren Coggan and Felicity Urquhart together again in an unforgettable reunion concert 20 years on.
Thursday November 14, 2019 – Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers
Friday November 15, 2019 – Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club, Belmont
Saturday November 16, 2019 – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul
Sunday November 17, 2019 – Civic Theatre Wagga Wagga
Thursday November 21, 2019 – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
Friday November 22, 2019 – Twin Towns Clubs, Tweed Heads
Saturday November 23, 2019 – Ballina RSL Club
Sunday November 24, 2019 – Caloundra RSL Club
Wednesday November 27, 2019 – Southern Cross Club, Canberra
Thursday November 28, 2019 – Griffith Regional Theatre
Friday November 29, 2019 – Bathurst RSL Club
Saturday November 30, 2019 – The Cube, Campbelltown
Wednesday December 4, 2019 – West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul
Thursday December 5, 2019 – Bairnsdale RSL Club
Friday December 6, 2019 – The Palms at Crown, Melbourne
Saturday December 7, 2019 – Commercial Club, Albury
Are you a fan of these artists? Do you remember the original tour or are excited for the 20-year reunion? Let us know in the comment section below.
Written by Jackson Miller