On-shore line-up set to im­press

En­ter­tain­ment every night

Whitsunday Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE -

THIS month’s Air­lie Beach Race Week isn’t just for sailors … it’s for boat buffs, land lovers, mu­sic ma­ni­acs and friends and fam­i­lies out to have some fun.

Mu­sic co-or­di­na­tor for the week, Gavin “Butto” But­lin, said as well as the boat races, the fes­ti­val of sail­ing would in­clude seven nights of free en­ter­tain­ment, with bands from around the coun­try as well as a few trea­sured lo­cal acts.

Mr But­lin said the whole com­mu­nity was able to en­joy race week, which fea­tured plenty of on-shore en­ter­tain­ment as well as the ac­tion on the ocean.

“All the lo­cals come down and the mu­sic is right in the

heart of Air­lie Beach, so it’s cen­tral for ev­ery­body,” he said.

“We’ve got a bit of rock’n’roll, coun­try, and blue­grass. It’s al­ways good for a get-to­gether. And the sailors have been out on the boats all day, so they’re also keen to get back and re­lax.”

Mr But­lin said each night’s en­ter­tain­ment would be­gin af­ter the daily prize pre­sen­ta­tions at 6pm.

On the fi­nal night of the week of sail­ing and so­cial­is­ing, north Queens­land favourites the Hillbilly Goats will take to the stage. Mah­ney Wearne, one half of the Hillbilly Goats with hus­band Bryce (also known as goat boy and goat girl), said she was look­ing for­ward to be­ing back with the “great crowd” at Air­lie Beach.

Ms Wearne said their three-piece act, which in­cluded a fid­dle player, was famed for its high-en­ergy, feel-good mu­sic that ap­pealed to all ages, and had a def­i­nite blue­grass tone.

“When we started, we de­cided we weren’t go­ing to play any sad mu­sic. We thought, gen­er­ally peo­ple go to the pub to drown their sor­rows, and we don’t want to add to that, we want to change that,” she said.

Ms Wearne said the band — with a pas­sion for moun­tain mu­sic, its in­stru­ments and har­monies — be­gan play­ing in pubs, and then seven years ago started play­ing around the fes­ti­val cir­cuit.

“We in­tro­duce every song with some his­tory about the song and the im­mi­grants who cre­ated the mu­sic,” she said. “We tell a lot of gen­eral sto­ries about the evo­lu­tion of blues and the banjo, which is a re­ally big in­flu­ence.”

PHOTO: AN­DREW PAT­TIN­SON/VAMPP PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

TOP ACT: The Hillbilly Goats are all set to re­gale re­gatta crowds.

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