The Country Music Association of Australia is saddened and shocked by the passing this week of one of our most beloved sons, Glen Hannah.
Glen was truly one-of-a-kind. Not only was he a gifted multi-instrumentalist, he was an exceptional artist in every sense of the word: with incredible talents as a photographer, graphic artist and producer. Most of all he was a devoted husband and father and a friend and inspiration to so many.
Growing up in Collinsville, Queensland, Glen’s country music education began at an early age when he started learning to play the songs of Slim Dusty on guitar. After moving to Sydney, Glen quickly became an in-demand session musician and his distinctive guitar playing has since featured on hundreds of recording sessions and live gigs. Glen’s recent music projects included his work as guitarist for the legendary Don Walker as well as handling production and guitar for multi-award winners Bennett, Bowtell & Urquhart, revered super-group The Faceless Men and the new album by his wife, Felicity Urquhart.
Glen was an integral part of the Golden Guitar Awards band for many years and was awarded ‘Musician of the Year’ at the 2017 Golden Guitar Awards.
On behalf of the Australian country music industry, the Country Music Association of Australia send their deepest condolences and love to Felicity, their daughters Tia and Ellie, and their family and friends.
For those that we know are grieving for Glen and feel like they would like to reach out and talk to someone we would like to share with you some information about Support Act.
Support Act has a Wellbeing Helpline which is a free, confidential counselling service that is available to anyone working in Australian music who needs to talk to someone about any aspect of their wellbeing.
It is delivered in partnership with Access EAP and is staffed by professional counsellors.
The service is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days per year by calling 1800 959 500 within Australia. You can also email via www.supportact.org.au and a counsellor will call you back. Skype sessions are available if you are touring overseas.
We have received many enquiries about how people can assist at this tough time and if you are interested, you may wish to consider contributing to the Support Act fund here: https://supportact.org.au/glen-hannah-appeal/