Kasey Chambers is looking forward to Murwillumbah’s first country music festival.
Kasey Chambers is looking forward to Murwillumbah’s first country music festival. contributed

Chambers charmed by Murwillumbah country line-up

KASEY Chambers doesn’t always get to bring the whole clan on the road with her.

Next month, she’ll make the most of the inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival, which conveniently coincides with school holidays.

Her dad, Bill Chambers, will already be there to perform in her band - and in his own festival timeslot - but the whole family will be coming along for the ride.

“I’m going to take my kids up and hang out for the whole festival,” Chambers said.

“Because it’s in school holidays for us, it works perfectly.”

Chambers recently returned from touring the US with her latest album, Bittersweet.

She said it was her most successful tour there so far, including a sold-out show in New York.

“It was the best tour I’ve done over there even though I’ve been touring there for over 20 years,” she said.

Chambers said while a festival gig was often a whirlwind experience, she was looking forward to soaking up the talent on offer during Murwillumbah’s four-day festival.

“There’s a lot of great artists,” she said.

“I don’t often get to go out and see other people play.

“With this one, I get to hang around for the whole weekend. It’s going to be like a little holiday for me.”

She said some collaborations were definitely on the cards for the festival.

“I always do that (jump on stage with other musicians) anyway, even if people don’t want me to,” she said.

HEADLINER: Country musician Kasey Chambers will headline the inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival in October.
HEADLINER: Country musician Kasey Chambers will headline the inaugural Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival in October. Contributed

Chambers said she was keen on spending some quality family time in Murwillumbah.

“I love that area so much,” she said.

“I made my Bittersweet album in Byron and I’ve always been inspired by that area.”

She said her family and friends, many of whom were making the trip up from the Central Coast, were “probably not” looking forward to seeing her perform.

“That’s boring because they get to hear me singing all the time,” she said.

Instead, she said the likes of Busby Marou, Sara Storer and Harry Hooker would be the big drawcards.

“It’s such a big line-up,” she said.

Despite other Australian music festivals facing troubled times in recent years, Chamber said she had high hopes this one would be a success.

“You always hope that,” she said.

She said she’s known organiser Lou Bradley, who used to care for her kids, for many years and had great faith in her vision.

“I’ve got a good feeling about this. I think having someone like Lou behind it is great,” she said.

“She knows what sort of music people around that area like to hear.

“There’s so many artists there that I will really enjoy and that my kids will enjoy.

“I think it’s the sort of thing where once people get out and support it the first time, it’s going to get out there.”

She said the digital age had not killed live music.

“There’s nothing like getting out and seeing live music,” she said.

“There’s nothing like that feeling you get when you’re sitting in an audience experiencing live music.

“If we can just get people out of their homes and to this festival they’re going to enjoy it.”

Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival will run from October 2-5.

Tickets start at $90 for adults and $35 for children between six and 15 for a day pass. Kids under six are free.

For the full line-up, program or to book tickets, visit www.mcrfest.com.



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