Boy & Bear in Air­lie Beach for one night

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

THE past 12 months have taken home-grown band Boy & Bear on a whirl­wind jour­ney, al­low­ing lit­tle time for rest.

Af­ter spend­ing eight months record­ing their al­bum "Har­lequin Dream" the band are now on tour and will be per­form­ing at Air­lie’s Mag­nums Ho­tel tonight.

Har­lequin Dream was re­leased in Au­gust and made its de­but at num­ber one in the ARIA al­bums chart. The band then pro­ceeded to sell out on their na­tional '16 Days Un­der a South­ern Sun' tour.

Three ARIA Award nom­i­na­tions and two over­seas tours later and the band are still keep­ing the mo­men­tum rolling.

Boy & Bear’s Har­lequin Dream tour is their big­gest to re­gional Aus­tralia yet.

Speak­ing from the road on their most re­cent North Amer­ica and Canada tour, band mem­ber Dave Symes said the boys were very much look­ing for­ward to com­ing to Air­lie Beach.

“To­day sees us driv­ing about 700km be­tween Saskatoon and Cal­gary. Look­ing out the win­dow is a sea of white, snow and ice as far as the eye can see. It will be nice to take off our jack­ets, roll up our sleeves and play some tunes in Air­lie Beach,” he said.

Symes, who has never vis­ited Air­lie be­fore, said one of the great things about be­ing a tour­ing mu­si­cian was get­ting to see new places and meet new people through mu­sic.

He said Air­lie au­di­ences could ex­pect a great show.

“We are head­ing home af­ter two months of shows abroad, so the band is in full swing right now. We have been en­joy­ing play­ing a mix of songs from both al­bums and [there] maybe some sur­prises in there too,” he said.

“[So] if you feel like dancing, if you feel like singing and if you feel like spend­ing an evening with five lads from Syd­ney, come on down.”

Doors open at 7.30pm and tick­ets cost $40 on the door.

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