Goats re­turn tri­umphantly

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

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

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