Goats hit town
THERE is no place better than home for the Hillbilly Goats, who are celebrating their return with three shows this weekend for all of their fans.
The highlight of the tour for the Goats has been playing to full houses at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and being blown away by the response of the audiences every single show.
‘‘It was pretty incredible - you’d do an amazing show and leave the gig in such high spirits, thinking that was the BEST show, then the next day you’d do another show or two and leave feeling the same,’’ Goat Girl Mahney Wearne said.
‘‘It’s such a fantastic feeling to do 19 shows in a row and feel so blown away by the response each and every time.
‘‘We did a show of hands every gig to gauge where our audience had come from and 50 per cent of the audience each time had seen us before at other festivals around the country and the other half were ‘Goat virgins’ embarking upon their first Goat experience. To us that means a lot that people keep coming back as well as recommending their friends and family to see our show.’’
Returning on a high, the Goats have sunk into the reality of wet season in Julatten - mud, gumboots, mould, and rewashing entire wardrobes and linen cupboards - but they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
‘‘We have a lot of foundations, fans, and what we like to call Goat Family, in the north so it’s great to bring our show home with renewed energy and new experiences,’’ Mahney said.
‘‘Every time we leave there’s dis- coveries and adventures that put new twists on our outlook and in turn our show, so it’s great to be welcomed home with open arms and share those experiences.
‘‘And in true Goat style we never stand still and are always challenging ourselves with new concepts, instruments, formats and material pushing ourselves to the next level. If you haven’t seen us in a while you won’t recognise us in our current form as the six-year evolution from being a pub ‘‘ covers band’’ to a ‘‘ show band’’ is quite extreme.’’
Following their Welcome Home tour, the Goats have the whole year booked with festivals big and small, along with finalising their new live album they recorded between Christmas and New Year.
‘‘We’re about to hear the final mix on that and move on releasing that sometime next month. That album’s all about the songs we love to play on stage that haven’t quite made it to our two major recordings of mountain music,’’ Mahney said.
‘‘ We’ve been approached by a major producer which is fantastic but we’re still not getting too excited about that as we’ve got a whole lot going on as independent artists.
‘‘We’ve got a whole year booked and we don’t have many free weekends left, so we’re really looking forward to playing at the Courthouse again and catching up with the locals.’’
The Goats will be in Port Douglas tomorrow night, February 28, at the Courthouse Hotel at 7.30pm before heading to Yorkey’s Knob Boat Club on Saturday and Innisfail on Sunday.
GOATS COMING HOME: Hillbilly Goats at the Airlie Beach Music Festival