Hillbillies join country icon on stage
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)