Sara Storer and Adam Harvey head the Victorian born cavalry likely to dominate the 32nd Australian Country Music Awards in Tamworth in 2004.

Sara, 30 and born at Wemen near Robinvale in the Sunraysia, made the finals of seven Gold Guitars with her second ABC Music album Beautiful Circle.

Her duet partner and former Mallee boy - Quambatook born John Williamson - is also a finalist in four sections of the awards staged in Tamworth on Saturday January 24.

And Geelong born, latter day NSW Central Coast resident Adam Harvey, 28, is finalist in three categories for his fifth album Cowboy Dreams.

They are male vocalist, album and heritage song of the year.

Harvey returns to his home state for concerts with Canadian chanteuse Terri Clark after the awards.

Clark, 36, is touring to promote her fifth album Pain To Kill (Mercury-Universal) after a previous tour was cancelled at the 11th hour.

They perform at Costa Hall, Geelong, on Friday January 30 and Horsham Town Hall on Saturday January 31.

Harvey is also touring nationally with Canadian singer-songwriter Jason McCoy who is touring to promote fourth album Sins, Lies And Angels (Open Road-Universal.)

McCoy debuted at the Corner Hotel, Richmond, in January, 2002, in a singer-songwriter package show with fellow Canadian Fred Eaglesmith, Kim Richey, Jim Lauderdale and Van Diemens Land refugee Audrey Auld.

Tour promoters, wary of the paucity of airplay in Victoria for country music, have double billed the Canadians with Harvey to maximise his huge national popularity.

Despite that McCoy, 33, and holding, is not venturing south of the Murray-Dixon line.
Victorian fans will need to travel north on Highway 31 to catch McCoy on February 12 at Albury Commercial Club.


Fellow Geelong born diva Donna Fisk and performing partner Michael Cristian are in the finals of vocal group/duo of the year.

And Cristian is in the Top 5 for instrumental of the year.

The duo is also launching fourth album The Big Picture in Tamworth during the festival.

This follows national airplay on the ABC and community radio for the single Under The Influence Of Love.

And Whyalla born latter day hot shot Melbourne guitarist Jake Nikolai is finalist in the best instrumental Gold Guitars for his single Home Run.

Nickolai, 19, performed another single 'Faster' on Nu Country TV in a video with a vast variety of backdrops including well-known Melbourne landmarks .

Nickolai is also a graduate of the CMAA College of Country Music in Tamworth.

One time Geelong and Colac resident Adam Brand, 31, has also made the finals of four Gold Guitars - male vocalist, heritage song, video and single of the year.

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And Gippsland born Werribee singer-songwriter Billy Bridge is in the Top 5 for best new talent of the year.

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Cohuna born Ivanhoe multi instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Steve Doyle is among three Victorians to reach the finals of the Toyota Star Maker Quest.

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