Tom Curtain (right) and Luke O'Shea, winners of the Toyota Heritage song of the year for 'Never Never Land' at the Golden Guitar Awards at Tamworth.
Tom Curtain (right) and Luke O'Shea, winners of the Toyota Heritage song of the year for 'Never Never Land' at the Golden Guitar Awards at Tamworth. Brendan Esposito

That's gold: Musicians win in Tamworth

TWO South Burnett sons took home top awards at this year's Tamworth Country Music Festival at the weekend.

Former Kumbia resident Tom Curtain won two Golden Guitars, while Kingaroy man Dean Perrett took home one, for Bush Ballad of the Year.

Curtain won the CMC Video Clip of the Year and the Toyota Heritage Song of the Year for the Never Never Land.

He shares the awards with Luke O'Shea.

It marks the first time Curtain snagged an award at Australia's top country music competition.

"We put the word out to a lot mates in the Northern Territory and they sent us a lot of drone, chopper and iPhone footage,” Curtain said

"The awards are a massive thanks to them.”

The clip is full of broad, sweeping shots of the people and places that populate the Top End where Curtain now lives and works.

At one point the duo can be seen singing from atop a cliff face and Curtain said a little bush bartering was required to make it happen.

"I had a mate with a drone, I said, 'Look mate, can you come and help us out?' He needed a horse broken in so I did that and he helped us,” he said.

While Curtain knew the clip was good he was aware of the quality of the competition.

"I was grateful to be in the category but didn't think we'd win. We were up against some of the greats of the industry,” he said.

You can see Curtain live at the Kumbia Race Club on Sataruday at 7pm.

Michael Nolan