disBanded's Tamworth success
The Australian Institute of Country Music's 2012 tour to the Tamworth Country Music Festival got off to a successful start with Gympie band disBanded's success in the Aristocrat Entertainer of the Year Competition, one of Tamworth's most prestigious competitions.
The four Gympie student musicians made it through the heats on Sunday evening at the West's Diggers Club where they were selected as one of eight finalists in the junior section.
The finals were held in the prestigious Blazes Showroom at West's League Club on Monday evening and disBanded was placed third in the junior section, in which all other contestants were solo acts.
"It's a great feat for a band to have success in a solo competition such as the Aristocrat," AICM director Dr Geoff Walden said.
"It is much more difficult for four people to get it right than just one."
Playing at Blazes was a new, if not daunting experiences for the band.
"It's quite distracting to see yourself on the big screens at the side of the stage while you are playing," disBanded's fiddler and bass player Aidan Patrick said.
Judge Beccy Cole was quite succinct in her comments on the band. In giving them 38 out of 40 for music ability she commented, "You're fabulous. Thanks for the great entertainment".
Gympie has had a strong presence at Tamworth, which will continue until the weekend. Stay tuned.