Bill’s coming back to Port
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