THE MCCLYMONT SISTERS BRING THEIR SPECIAL BRAND OF COUNTRY TO THE COAST FOR A FREE FESTIVAL
It’s tough enough picking the perfect wedding song for the big day. So it has got to be one of the most daunting exercises to write one. For your sister. When The McClymonts were wrapping up the writing sessions for their fourth album, Here’s to You & I, early last year, they decided to have a crack at penning a song for the first dance at Sam’s wedding to her pilot beau, Ben Poxon.
Mollie and Brooke were determined to compose something they could perform at the wedding, which happened in December at MONA in Tasmania. With producer and renowned writer Lindsay Rimes, the three sisters came up with the gorgeous Forever Begins Again.
“We were looking at all the songs we have and realised we didn’t have a wedding (song). Sam getting married was huge and we didn’t have a song for that,” Mollie says.
“Everyone loves a wedding song; they’re not going out of fashion any time soon.”
The four writers pictured the scene: Sam and Ben dancing together for the first time as a married couple.
Brooke recalls her sisters heading home from her writing “shed” and listening to it “more than 20 times” just to make sure it was “the song”.
But an unexpected road test confirmed their gut feeling about the rightness of Forever Begins Again after the album was released last July, about five months before the big day.
Its first airing as a wedding song wasn’t at Sam and Ben’s nuptials. Digital radio station Smoothfm randomly started playing it, the sisters decided to release it as a single and then began receiving messages that fans had chosen to use the song at their weddings.
“We told people to go for it. Sam was totally OK with it, she’s so easy,” Brooke says.
But the eldest McClymont was anxious about singing it with Mollie at the wedding.
“I think she thought other people would think it was weird that we were singing a McClymonts song but it wasn’t; it was about those two and it was incredible, such a goosebumps moment,” Mollie says.
The song may get a repeat airing at another McClymont wedding, with Mollie now engaged to Aaron Young.
The McClymonts have been writing, recording and touring almost non-stop since they formed their sisterly trio almost a decade ago. They have amassed a loyal fanbase and won the respect of peers, adding two more Golden Guitars to their trophy cabinets this year for Highest Selling Album and Group of the Year.
This weekend, The McClymonts will headline the annual Broadbeach Country Music Festival alongside Beccy Cole, Casey Barnes and Ben Ransom.
The trio have been part of Australian country music’s crossover into the pop charts without shedding their intrinsic countryness.
They have noticed the flowon effect of those chart feats in the widening demographic at their shows.
“It is also a case of good songs people are connecting with, and a good song will find its audience,” Brooke says.
“You realise who that audience is at the shows and we’ve noticed they are getting a lot younger – 20-year-olds are loving our music.”
With weddings, engagements and the birth of Brooke and husband Adam Eckerley’s daughter Tiggy to celebrate in the past couple of years, the sisters know how to schedule. They aren’t out on the road five days a week any more, which makes “gigging” even more enjoyable.
“It just becomes this job cycle when you are out there all the time, so we really, really look forward to getting on a stage now,” Mollie says.
After their Forever Begins Tonight tour wraps midyear, the trio will start work on their fifth album.
The McClymonts, Broadbeach Country Music Festival’s Surf Parade Stage, Sunday at 3.40pm
SISTER ACT: The McClymonts, Mollie, Sam and Brooke, headline the Broadbeach Country Music Festival.