Bringing the Golden Harmonica home to Kingscliff
FOR Kingscliff Muso Jamie Symons it has been a great twelve months, and a band name change was just the tip of the iceberg.
Mr Symons is the winner of the Golden Harmonica award, taking home the prize from this year's Tamworth Country Music Festival.
"I have been playing the harmonica for about 20 years. I first started playing harmonica because I thought it was pretty cool, because of some of the old Americans like Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee," Mr Symons said.
Sporting over 24 harmonica's in his bag of tricks, each differing in either sound, shape or size, Mr Symons knows each one back to front.
"For me the harmonica was a special little instrument that could make a really huge sound," he said.
That huge sound is evident when listening to Mr Symons play as front man for blues band Devil's Kiosk, formally known as Blind Lemon.
The band recently changed names after deciding to tour Europe in 2014.
"It got to the stage where the name got confusing, especially online when we searched for Blind Lemon in Europe and there were several other acts with the same name," Mr Symons said.
Now with a new Album to be releases in September, the band is concentrating on touring Melbourne and Tasmania in November and December before embarking on a European Tour in 2014.
If you want to check out Devil's Kiosk live, the good news is they are playing a gig at Burleigh Underground, at 31 Rudman Parade, West Burleigh on the July 20, with doors opening at 7:30pm.