COME ROUND: Rabbit Robinson, Chris Willoughby, Chris Brooker, Chris Eaton, Rex Carter of Round Mountain Girls.
COME ROUND: Rabbit Robinson, Chris Willoughby, Chris Brooker, Chris Eaton, Rex Carter of Round Mountain Girls. John Gass

New festival showcases locals

Tweed Coast band The Round Mountain Girls is preparing for its set on the main stage at the Murwillumbah Country Roots Festival.

Banjo player Chris Brooker said the bluesgrass/roots five-piece was keen to play at a festival on home turf.

“We are excited and honoured to be playing the inaugural festival,” Brooker said.

“We travel all over Australia spreading the RMG word and things have snowballed and we seem to be invited to other festivals from that.”

Round Mountain Girls recently performed at the Gympie Muster, which Brooker said was “unreal”, with the exception of a leaky tent.

“We had two nights in what we called the man cave,” he said.

This year, the band also travelled to Canberra for the National Folk Festival, to Mackay for Wintermoon, Yeppoon for the Village Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Brooker said it would be refreshing to play a big event a bit closer to home, while getting the chance to check out other talent.

“It’s really nice to be at home and play such a large festival with an incredible line up and sleep in a house that doesn’t leak and we don’t have to book flights,” he said.

He said the band was also keen to check out the other talent on offer.

“We are really looking forward to seeing so many great bands in one spot,” he said.

“I saw Archie Roach at the National Folk Fest and he put shivers down my spine.

He said he was impressed with what the festival already had to offer in its first year.

“(Organiser Lou Bradley) has been an advocate for alternative country roots music down in Tamworth and it’s great to be a part of it here in Murwillumbah,” Brooker said.

He said the Round Mountain Girls’ set would be “50 minutes of chaos”, with the band set to perform their fans’ favourites along with some new material.

The festival will be held from October 2–5.



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