Felicity Urquhart wins big at Tamworth

Gus McCubbing
Felicity Urquhart (second from left) has won five Golden Guitar Awards, including album of the year

Felicity Urquhart has dominated Tamworth's Golden Guitars, with her album Frozen Rabbit winning the top gong.

Urquhart paid tribute to her late husband Glen Hannah, who produced the album, as she took the stage with their two daughters Tia and Ellie on Saturday night.

"I'm extremely proud to have that title album of the year - Glen, geez you've moved some chess pieces babe," she said.

Mr Hannah took his own life in May 2019.

Urquhart's father Rex also paid tribute to Mr Hannah.

"Glen was my son-in-law but we were good friends as well," he told AAP after the ceremony.

"He's never far from our minds and it just shows what depression does ... how sad what he's left behind - a beautiful wife and two beautiful kids.

"But we'll get through it without him, although the road ahead will be long, as the girls (six and eight) have all their years ahead of them."

Urquhart, who grew up in Tamworth, picked up four more Golden Guitars from 10 nominations, including female artist of the year and country album of the year, as well as both single of the year and song of the year for Chain of Joy.

International chart-topper Morgan Evans took out male artist of the year and contemporary country album of the year for Things That We Drink To.

Brad Butcher collected the alt-country album of the year award for Travelling Salesman.

Rounding out the album awards was Lee Kernaghan, who won top-selling Australian album of the year for Backroad Nation.

It took his career tally to 38, equalling the record set by Slim Dusty, the man to whom Kernaghan dedicated his Golden Guitar.

"I want to send this one out with love and respect to the great Slim Dusty, the king of country music," Kernaghan said.

Kevin Bennett and The Flood took home a Golden Guitar for group or duo of the year, while bush ballad of the year went to Allan Caswell for Country Copper, which was co-written with Manfred Vijars.

First-time finalist and 2019 Star Maker winner Blake O'Connor collected his first Golden Guitar for new talent of the year.

Rod McCormack, with his song Timeless Traveller, was the recipient of instrumental of the year.

Kristy Cox received Saturday's award for bluegrass recording of the year for Yesterday's Heartache.

Fanny Lumsden and Dan Stanley Freeman received the video of the year award for their clip Real Men Don't Cry (War on Pride).

Joy McKean was also elevated to the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown, with a plaque to be unveiled next to her late husband Slim Dusty in Tamworth on Sunday.

Her music, generally written for and performed by Slim, included classics such as Lights On The Hill, Indian Pacific, and The Biggest Disappointment.

McKean, who received a standing ovation at the Golden Guitar awards, now joins daughter Anne Kirkpatrick (2010) and Slim Dusty (1979) in receiving the honour.

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