Local returns to MC Gympie muster
GYMPIE’S Troy Rowlands has been a feature on the National Music Muster scene for five years and will be returning next week as one of the only paid and local MCs.
He can be found in the Crow Bar, where he started doing MC work, introducing bands and playing music sets in between.
Scoring the gig was relatively easy due to his background as a DJ - something he has done for 25 years. Troy said he simply took over when the original MC went overseas and was welcomed back ever since.
The best part of the job, he said, was meeting interesting people. In 2005, his first year on the job, Troy met Australian 70s music legend Max Merritt.
“He was the big act on the Sunday and the first time the Muster went a bit more mainstream with the music,” he said.
The Crow Bar has now become known for playing more contemporary music, especially on the last day of the Muster, but you can still catch good old country rock under the big top from Thursday onwards, he said.
Troy also met Kate Miller-Heidke in 2006, when she was first starting out, Pete Murray, Thirsty Merc twice and Evermore and he’s looking forward to catching up with Spiderbait for the first time this year.
What sets the Muster apart from other music festivals, Troy says, is that most acts and supporters are genuinely friendly, down to earth people - artists are always up for a bit of a chat and the crowd always had a friendly nature.
“The Crow Bar is billed as an infamous late night party tent, but I’ve never seen a fight and it’s always chockers with thousands of people.”
Last year Troy got to meet Australian cricket player Gavin Robertson when he was playing drums in The Noll Brothers band, which featured Australian Idol runner-up Shannon Noll. That was a real highlight for the avid cricketer and fan.
Rowlands usually plays a bit of ACDC and you can expect classic and country rock including Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel.