Bill’s com­ing back to Port

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - PEOPLE - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

DUE to pop­u­lar de­mand, coun­try­mu­sic leg­end Bill Cham­bers is re­turn­ing to the Dou­glas re­gion for an­other boot-scoot­ing ses­sion with the Hill­billy Goats.

The Far North Hill­billy Easter ses­sions are kick­ing off in Port Dou­glas on April 5 be­fore the en­sem­ble makes its way into the moun­tains to Irvinebank and Ju­lat­ten.

Bill Cham­bers, coun­try mu­sic great and proud fa­ther of ARIA award-win­ner Kasey Cham­bers, can­not wait to re­turn to the Dou­glas re­gion.

“We had some great mu­sic nights, it was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence tour­ing with the Hill­billy Goats - they are crazy love­able peo­ple do­ing some great mu­sic,” he said.

“I love it up there, Port Dou­glas is beau­ti­ful and I played in the beau­ti­ful old theatre and we got a full house, it was fan­tas­tic.”

The Hill­billy Goats have ce­mented their friend­ship with the fa­mous mu­si­cian af­ter vis­it­ing him at the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val re­cently and in­tro­duc­ing the coun­try mu­sic in­dus­try to their sound of hill­billy roots and old time blues.

“I got to play with them nearly ev­ery day,” Bill said.

“I love their raw ap­proach to mu­sic, in one sense it’s very retro be­cause it looks back at times past with ban­jos, fid­dles and man­dolins and moun­tain mu­sic.

“But they also bring a new mod­ern twist to it, they do new songs with an old timey beat which is a cool thing to do.

“We’ve had some great gigs and have got some new songs.”

One of the new songs is Mount Mis­ery, which Bill wrote with Goat Girl Mah­ney Wearne on his last tour here, about a fic­tional love story gone wrong.

“A guy from the tav­ern took us for a drive and pointed out Mount Mis­ery and I said that’s where I live my life - I was just jok­ing, but I ended up writ­ing a love gone wrong song,” he said.

“It’s a very in­spir­ing re­gion up there, there’s no other place like it on the planet.

“You’ll hear a few new songs and it’ll be a full on live stage show, I al­ways bring lots of gui­tars with me.”

The Far North Hill­billy Easter ses­sions with Bill Cham­bers and the Hill­billy Goats is free for ev­ery­one and starts at the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club next Thurs­day, April 5, from 6pm with sup­port acts Leanne Ten­nant and Kim Hur­ley.

Bill and the Goats will be play­ing at Irvinebank Tav­ern April 7 and 8 and then head to the High­lander Tav­ern in Ju­lat­ten on April 9 from 6pm for an in­ti­mate acous­tic din­ner show.

Team­ing up again: Bill Cham­bers with the Hill­billy Goats

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