Kasey Chambers. Photo Getty
Some of Australian country music's biggest names have
shared the stage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival to
raise money for victims of recent bush fires.
Country music legends Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Shane
Nicholson, Catherine Britt and You Am I's Tim Rogers were
among the artists who came together for the benefit concert
for the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.
Country Relief, which was held on Thursday at the festival,
also included performances by Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole
and The Wolfe Brothers.
"We're so happy to be a part of something like this,"
Chambers told the crowd at the gig.
"It's amazing, the country music industry and how giving they
are of their time."
The two-hour gig attracted hundreds of country music fans
with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the Red Cross.
Earlier this month bushfires ripped through homes in NSW,
Victoria and Tasmania.
More than 100 families have been displaced in Tasmania after
their homes burnt down.
Fire crews are still working to contain fires in some areas
of the country.
The concert was thrown together just weeks ago when The Wolfe
Brothers, who hail from Hobart, gave up their timeslot at the
festival and invited fellow artists to play to raise money.
"We had as many stars of country that we could fit into the
timeslot," concert organiser Steve White says.
"It's really not about the money, we could never raise enough
money to fix the problem.
"But it's all about everybody coming together, solidarity and
saying we're here for you."
Organisers of the Country Relief concert say they will raise
tens of thousands of dollars for the Red Cross.