McClymont's go back to basics

ARMED with his brilliant new album, Wheels & Steel, Paul Costa is excited about coming to Tamworth for his big show at the Capitol Theatre.

Years ago, Paul was an average Aussie battler, playing free shows at pubs and busking in a band of brothers.

These days he’s a solo act, a chart-topper, a happily married father-of- one and life is pretty good in the Costa camp.

This year has been a beauty for Paul, with his album released in July. 

The first single, Tractors & Bikes, raced to the #1 spot on the Country Music Radio Top 30 chart. 

Paul wrote the song with Tamara Stewart and Drew McAlister in an affectionate nod to Paul’s childhood on a Victorian farm. 

“On the farm there were two main ways to get to work on the property every day. You drove a tractor, or you rode a motorbike,” he said.

“I remember riding the bike across the levee bank to other places – some I was allowed to ride to, and some I wasn’t. 

“And I remember having tractor races with my brothers, all the time hoping dad wouldn’t catch us. They’re very fond memories.”

Paul was also a featured act on the APT Amsterdam to Budapest European river cruise, along with Graeme Connors and Darren Coggan and a huge mob of country music fans.

He’s now gearing up for a big Australia Day at the Capitol.

“I can’t wait,” Paul said.

“Tamworth really sets the whole year up. If you have a successful Tamworth, then the rest of the year just flows. 

“From a feel-good level, the atmosphere at the festival is great. Tamworth is really amazing – 

it’s a genuine country music 

institution.”

For Paul, Tamworth has been a part of his life for so many years, it’s almost a homecoming of sorts.

“Going back to Tamworth to perform is a huge get-together for special friends that share a common bond, the love of country music,” he said. 

“It’s all topped off with an atmosphere that’s nothing short of magnetic. You just have to go back and start your year off in Tamworth.”

His Tamworth show will have some surprise guests and is guaranteed to be an excellent morning’s entertainment.

It starts at 11am on Saturday, January 26, and tickets ($25 and $15) are available from the Capitol Theatre, www.capitoltheatretamworth.com.au or phone 6767 5300.

To keep track of Paul’s activities throughout the year, visit his website www.paulcosta.com.au 

THREE talented sisters who are real favourites with the Tamworth crowd are going back to basics and giving the fans what they want – pure vocal harmonies.

That’s why The McClymonts have come up with something different for their fans – The Acoustic Harmony Tour.

Renowned the world over for their exquisite vocal blending, Brooke, Samantha and Mollie will showcase the songs and harmonies in a true acoustic setting unlike any McClymonts show you’ve seen before.

Middle sister Samantha said the idea was to create “a more intimate vibe”.

“People always tell us they just want to sit back and listen to our harmonies, so that’s what we’re doing,” she said. 

“We are going out with just our guitars and singing everyone’s favourite songs from the last three albums. Our musicians will all be playing acoustic and unplugged.” 

This will be a rare opportunity to experience the girls’ live show in a never-before-seen setting. 

The girls promise to take their audience on a musical journey through their career that will include some very funny stories about their amazing ride to date. 

“We’ve been touring non-stop for the past six years and it’s always been a high-energy show,” older sister Brooke said. 

“We thought we’d change it up a bit by stripping everything back and letting people hear our three voices in a more personal setting.” 

This may be the only chance you get to see The McClymonts without all the bells, whistles, fireworks and amplification that’s part of their usual concerts.

Their only Tamworth show is at TRECC on Thursday, January 24, at 8.30pm. Tickets are on sale now at Destination Tamworth.

A NEW event on the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival program is Country in the Vines, presented by Single Builders.

It’s a charity event in aid of Ronald McDonald House and is on Saturday, January 19, at Graham and Marlene Manvell’s Kitty Crawford Estate, Nundle Rd, Tamworth.

A star-studded line-up of country talent has been engaged for your enjoyment with Golden Guitar winners McAlister Kemp, ARIA winner Buddy Goode, Paul Costa, Dan Murphy, Christie Lamb, Livi Robins 

and Tori Darke.

Being festival time, there are sure to be some surprise guests pop up out of the vineyards – you can bet your sweet sherry on it!

To help get you out to the picturesque rural venue, a free coach is included in the $50 ticket price, which departs Tamworth Visitor Information Centre at 10.30am and returns at 5.30pm. 

Children accompanying a paying adult are admitted for $5.

If you’d like to take in some great country talent, in a beautiful country setting, and support an infinitely worthy cause – grab your tickets from www.visittamworth.com – but don’t delay. 

Once the city is overrun with the imported variety of country music fans, tardy local music lovers might just miss the boat!  

This event is proudly sponsored by Single Builders, Toyworld, New England Mutual, The Atrium and Southern Cross Ten.

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