NEWCASTLE songstress Amy Vee has returned to her Tamworth roots to promote her first solo album.
The Tamworth-raised indie/folk performer previewed tracks from her upcoming album Fits and Starts at the Tamworth Country Music Festival on Sunday night.
‘‘I took time off last year to reconnect with my own music,’’ Vee said.
‘‘The title track came about because I would have weeks of not producing anything then suddenly I’d write a whole song in an afternoon.’’
The singer, who is in her early 30s, has been a stalwart on the Newcastle music scene for years but has mostly performed with her band Amy Vee and The Virtues.
The group became hot property on the live circuit, garnering awards from the MusicOz Artist Of The Year in 2005 to a nomination for an LA Music Award.
More recently Vee has toured nationally with The Whitlams’ frontman Tim Freedman, as keyboardist/guitarist and vocals in his new band Tim Freedman and The Idle.
She has also performed across Australia with rock icon Jon English as one of eight multi-instrumentalists in his theatrical production The Rock Show.
‘‘I grew up in Tamworth and it’s a good festival to be a part of.
‘‘It opens you up to a different audience,’’ Vee said.
Today’s festival highlights include Newcastle Star Maker winner Bob Corbett’s evening show at the Family Hotel and Hunter-based former Golden Guitar winner Lyn Bowtell in the Tamworth ABC studios at 10.30am.
Vee’s album will be released in April.