Goats got tal­ent

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

RIS­ING stars of the coun­try mu­sic scene, the Hill­billy Goats, are set to in­crease their pop­u­lar­ity when they grace tele­vi­sion screens for re­al­ity show Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent.

The Hill­billy Goats were asked to au­di­tion for the show and were ac­cepted af­ter a long process.

Goat Bryce Wearne said they sang four dif­fer­ent songs for the pro­ducer be­fore a two-hour in­ter­view and were only one of three acts ac­cepted from the Far North.

Cairns’ teenage songstress RayLee and the pop­u­lar Mont­gomery Broth­ers were also ac­cepted.

‘‘When we went to the pro­ducer he cracked-up laugh­ing be­cause I had the fi­bre­glass goat un­der my arm and we were dressed in our gear,’’ Bryce said.

‘‘The pro­ducer said to the girls they had some of the most awe­some voices he had ever heard on the show and the cos­tumes were great and sug­gested some dif­fer­ent the­atri­cal ideas for us.

‘‘We have a new line-up too, with two Port Dou­glas lo­cals in the band Stacey Brown and Sea­mus Lunt.’’

The Hill­billy Goats de­cided to get in­volved with the show to spread their name fur­ther afield, on the back of a suc­cess­ful year of fes­ti­vals and ex­po­sure with their film clip for Say Dar­lin’ Say be­ing aired on the Coun­try Mu­sic Chan­nel and songs played on 38 com­mer­cial ra­dio sta­tions.

‘‘We don’t in­tend on go­ing there to smash it and win it,’’ Bryce said.

‘‘We are go­ing in it to get as much ex­po­sure as we can be­cause we will be spend­ing a lot of time tour­ing up and down the east coast of Aus­tralia and the more peo­ple who know us will def­i­nitely come see us.

‘‘And less than a year af­ter we recorded our al­bum, we are record­ing a new al­bum in a cou­ple of weeks.’’

The Goats will fly out to Bris­bane in June to face the judges on Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent and also re­hearse for their tour, which will in­clude per­for­mances at nine ma­jor fes­ti­vals in nine weeks later this year, along with the Gympie Muster and Black Moun­tain Un­plugged Fes­ti­val.

SHOW­ING AUS­TRALIA THEIR TAL­ENT:

the Hill­billy Goats

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