Hill­bil­lies join coun­try icon on stage

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - ENTERTAINMENT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

JU­LAT­TEN’S own Hill­billy Goats will liven up The Clink The­atre stage with iconic coun­try singer Bill Cham­bers next week.

Bill Cham­bers is much more than just the dad of coun­try mu­sic leg­end Kasey Cham­bers, his raw coun­try, roots and blues de­vel­oped over the years busk­ing for a liv­ing in re­mote pubs and liv­ing off the land in the Nullar­bor Plains with his fam­ily are part of Aus­tralian folk­lore.

The fam­ily - Bill, Diane and chil­dren Nash and Kasey - formed the Dead Ringer Band in the 1980s and trav­elled around Aus­tralia, be­fore Kasey launched her Aria-win­ning solo ca­reer.

Play­ing gui­tar in his daugh­ter’s band all over the world, Bill Cham­bers de­cided to launch his own solo ca­reer.

The Hill­billy Goats are string­ing their gui­tars and dou­ble bass to join Bill for a tour of North Queens­land, which will per­form in Port Dou­glas for one night only.

Goats’ mem­ber Mah­ney Wearne is ex­cited to tour with Cham­bers around her home re­gion with their high en­ergy unique sto­ry­telling mu­sic.

“We called him (Bill Cham­bers) and said, ’Hey, if you ever want to do gigs we’ll be your back­ing band and blue­grass it up a bit and make it fun’,” she said.

“Bill will be play­ing gui­tars and lap-slide and we are his back­ing band and then we will per­form our Down From The Moun­tains show.”

The show will start with Bill Cham­bers per­form­ing be­fore the Hill­billy Goats kick off their hoe­down.

“We do hill­billy roots and old time blues - 1828 is the ear­li­est song we know about and per­form through to the 1950s,” Mah­ney said.

“It’s a tale we tell through song and a lit­tle bit of in­for­ma­tion through each song which de­scribes each song from 1828 up to the 1950s.

“Hill­billy was orig­i­nally moun­tain mu­sic the Amer­i­can set­tlers took up, the banjo came from Africa, Celtic and African rhythms mixed with blues, it’s fast, fun and we do four-part har­monies.”

And with a dou­ble bass, banjo, do­bro, man­dolin, gui­tars, har­mon­ica, Gypsy Jen on the spoons and Boney Jack on the bones, the sound is sure to be authen­tic moun­tain mu­sic.

Bill Cham­bers and the Hill­billy Goats will be per­form­ing at the Clink The­atre next Tues­day, De­cem­ber 6, from 7pm and you can find tick­ets at Ori­gin Espresso in Port Dou­glas or Good­ies Café in Moss­man or online at www.try­book­ing. com/17295

On tour: Bill Cham­bers, pic­tured above with daugh­ter Kasey, is tour­ing the Far North with Ju­lat­ten’s Hill­billy Goats (pic­tured left)

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