Goats return triumphantly
THE Hillbilly Goats will play a welcome home gig at the Court house on Friday night after a seven-week road trip entertaining audiences from Port Douglas to Canberra.
Covering 7000km, their journey included small-town intimate gigs along the length of the coast line as well as 18 gigs at the world-renowned Tamworth Country Music Festival.
The country music festival is the largest in the southern hemisphere and celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, drawing 200,000 revellers and 10,000 musicians from all over the world.
The Goats are still reeling from their success at the festival.
“We smashed Tamworth and became the talk of the underground scene - it was very exciting,” band member Mahney Wearne said.
“The exposure and opportu- nities that have come out of this event are incredible.
“We managed to bypass a few steps and the busking and play in great venues to some great audiences.”
The upbeat old-time music group were invited to play at the event by the godfather of hillbilly music Bill Chambers, after they brought him to Port Douglas to perform last December.
“We played with him on a few of his shows at Tamworth and he came and performed with us in five of ours - it was quite incredible for Bill to allow us to be his backing band,” Mahney said.
“We have a whole lot more touring ahead this year, and will only be back in Port until the beginning of May.
“We also hope to bring Bill back to FNQ and Port Douglas - he loved it up here and is keen to come back.”
The gig to be played on Friday will feature a five piece line-up.
Homecoming: Hillbilly Goats Mahney and Bryce Wearne