Hillbilly Goats

Old Time Blues & Roots/Folk/Hillbilly Band

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"...the Hillbilly Goats exhibit genuine passion and no lack of expertise or energy in their mission to present a taste of old-time Appalachian folk to Australian audiences....driving fiddle and plonking banjo in tandem provide more conventional impetus. Elsewhere, double bass and harmonica in conjunction with a variety of percussive devices (clogging, washboard, bones and jew's harp) help maintain momentum. Tight four-part harmony singing, with alternating male and female emphasis, adorns most tracks." - Tony Hillier, The AUSTRALIAN - Aug ‘13

Kick yer shoes off, put yer hoe-down & hang on to yer britches!

With their undeniable passion for Mountain Music, the instruments and the harmonies, their recordings paint a picture of traditional songs from 1710 through to the 1940’s with a high energy, modern & quirky edge. Featuring Banjo, Bones, Mandolin, Double Bass, Guitars, Fiddle, Dobro, Harmonica, Percussion, Tap Dancing, 4 part Harmonies and more, there is a tale told of the history of Mountain Music’s evolution into Blues, Country, Bluegrass and Rock n Roll.

“ … this album consolidates the music and the flair of one of the best Aussie bands you will ever come across.... this is a celebration of life and music that will draw you in just as it did to thousands of fans at the recent Tamworth Festival… the Hillbilly Goats are a true treasure.” Jon Wolfe (Album review - Capital News Magazine, May 2014)

Their album reviews in the Weekend Australian and several music magazines not only rave about their recordings, but their stage presence has been labelled “more driving and energetic than the less traditional shows seen on main stages of Australian country festivals.” (Alex Turnbull, Capital News). The band members are never satisfied with their own instruments and continually swap over and change positions on stage – you won’t know where to look or who to watch!

So, if you’re still a Goat Virgin and haven’t seen the Hillbilly Goats yet, check them out and see what all the fuss is about. They sure know how to Raise A Ruckus and you are guaranteed to be entertained – OLD TIME STYLE!


“… ‘Keeping it real’ could perhaps be the unofficial mantra of the Hillbilly Goats….. they are able to use the traditional tunes and tools of the Appalachian trade to produce a show that is probably even more driving and energetic than the less traditional shows seen on main stages of Australian country festivals.”
Alex Turnbull (Capital News Magazine – Jan 2014)


“The Hillbilly Goats are having a hell of a time raising hell…. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that the Appalachian Mountains were to be found in the Cairns hinterland.”
Trevor J. Leeden (Rhythms magazine – Nov 2013)


"...this energetic band would create a fabulous, fun night out....the musicianship is outstanding and the arrangements are well constructed using clean honest vocals with an emphasis on storytelling..." Lonnie Martin, The Folk Rag (Nov 2011)

"Congrats on your new album - the production is incredible - super high def but still captured the raucous live vibe that makes the goats so good!"
Todd Mayhew - The April Maze

"Our band of the year was the Hillbilly Goats ... They played in every venue and did a great job. They market themselves well and sold a heap of merchandise."
Craig Power - The Pub Group
Feb. 14, 2013 : Tamworth Northern Daily Leader








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Set list
Varies from show to show, but is sure to get your toes tappin', elbows flappin', and paint a grin from ear to ear - GET READY TO BE ENTERTAINED Hillbilly Style!

Harmonies abound in every song....
Influences
Appalachian Mountain Music
Traditional & Contemporary Bluegrass
Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings
The Old Crow Medicine Show
The Waifs
Paul Kelly
Michelle Shocked
Mick Conway & The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band
Nickel Creek
David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Peter Rowan, Bill Monroe
Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers
Gig Highlights
Gig Highlights
The Goats started playing the odd local festival in 2007 gaining a taste for the big stage…Recent times have seen the calibre and amount of festivals increase, now performing an average of 20 a year and playing alongside Kasey Chambers, Mental as Anything, James Reyne, Bill Chambers, Adam Brand, Sunny Cowgirls & more. Some of the major festivals played include…

Gympie Muster 2013
Tamworth Festival 2012-2014
Airlie Beach Music Festival 2013, 14
Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival 2013, 14
Broadbeach Country Music Festival 2014
Wintermoon Festival 2014
Wallaby Creek Folk Festival 2007-2013
Tablelands Folk Festival 2007-2013
Glengarry Country Music Muster 2012 & 2013
Mudgeeraba Muster 2013, 14
Barcaldine tree of Knowledge Festival 2012
Far Nth Hillbilly Sessions with Bill Chambers
Undara Country Rock & Blues Festival 2013
Cairns Blues Festival 2013


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