It’s the Year of the Goats

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK - Madi­son Wil­liams

THE Hill­billy Goats agree the Chi­nese got it right, 2015 was the year of the Goat.

They’re en­er­getic and quirky, but no one can say they lack tal­ent or drive and this year the band was non-stop.

The band, which has an em­pha­sis on Ap­palachian moun­tain mu­sic per­formed over 200 shows and moved into the Foggy Moun­tain Stu­dio to work with iconic Aus­tralian pro­ducer Nash Cham­bers.

Their new al­bum Down Foggy Moun­tain is the brain­child of their col­lab­o­ra­tion with Nash Cham­bers, the brother of Aussie songstress Casey Cham­bers.

Band mem­bers, Bryce and Mah­ney Wearne said work­ing with Nash was a step in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

“Nash to­tally mashed it up and did ev­ery sin­gle thing that shouldn’t be done to moun­tain mu­sic,” said Bryce.

“Every­thing Nash did was ex­actly the way moun­tain mu­sic should be played Hilly­billy Goat style.”

The band are known for stray­ing off the beaten track and the new al­bum leads lis­ten­ers Down Foggy Moun­tain on bluesy roots tracks snaked with twists and turns.

“A heavy pres­ence of hard fid­dle and fast har­mon­ica bring alive tracks such as the sin­gle ‘Rab­bit in a Log’ and ‘Old Joe Clarke’ while the cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ have pushed the band’s bound­aries in a di­rec­tion that is sure to please pun­ters and at­tract new au­di­ences,” said Mah­ney.

The al­bum fea­tures tracks with ap­pear­ances from Bill Cham­bers on acous­tic guitar, Mel­bourne roots mu­sic afi­cionado Jeb Card­well on Banjo and fid­dle player Car­o­line Tren­gove.

The al­bum is set for world­wide re­lease on Jan­uary 9, 2016 but the Goats are prov­ing their loy­alty to the lo­cal fans by per­form­ing on home turf for 3 spe­cial shows.

Th­ese per­for­mances give lo­cal fans the op­por­tu­nity to check out the Goats new ma­te­rial and pur­chase CD’s be­fore the rest of the world starts click­ing their heels to the beat.

Car­o­line Tren­gove (Sunny Goat), Bryce Wearne (Goat Boy), Mah­ney Wearne (Goat Girl)

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