Tamworth Country Music Festival 1992
Working Peel Street
The works in this exhibition emerged from a visit to the Tamworth Country Music Festival by photographer Spiros Coutroubas and writer Peter Wright in 1992. At the time they intended to turn their photographs and audio recordings into an article on the busking scene on Peel Street. The article never happened and the photographs and recordings were shelved - until now.
This exhibition focusses on the buskers, hawkers and punters on Peel Street rather than the formal venues and awards ceremonies that are often presented as the face of the Festival. Peel Street was and continues to be its own show. To many it’s the heart and soul of the Festival and this exhibition recreates some of the look and feel of Peel Street all those years ago.
As well the portraits and street scenes shown in the images, the exhibition includes two video portraits that integrate the sound and pictures. Through these, you can meet the people on Peel Street in 1992. Some are more well-known than others, but it’s true to say that most are genuine, hard-working musicians who were in it for the long haul.
The 2022 Tamworth Country Music Festival marks 30 years since this work was created and 50 years since the Festival began. The works in this exhibition are not only part of the Festival’s story – they also document Tamworth’s cultural and social history.