After getting busy for a while we have been able to return to Sunday busking at the Kyogle Amphitheatre, outside Georgie's Country Cafe. We have taken a shine to the old rotunda which is quietly sliding into disuse and disrepair down the road behind the caravan park. We have told our Mayor that we would love to see it revived, so in tribute, we brought along our own Square Rotunda to busk outside Georgie's. It worked a treat and gave some lovely shade. Here is a view past the bunting to the railway bridge across the park. We love the Square Rotunda and will feature it whenever we can! We'll be back at Georgie's on Dec 7 & 21.
Watling & Bates live in Unumgar in the Northern Rivers of NSW. United by a love of old time mountain music, their original tunes draw on old time country traditions, swept by the headlights of oncoming trucks.
Minus Three, the second radio single from the Small Town Tales album, was released through Checked Label Services on 17th November 2018. The instrumental, by Kym Watling, recreates the feelings of cold mornings when its minus three degrees (C) at Unumgar. The sound of bare feet hitting a cold floor, coffee on the brew, and fresh firewood being piled on last nights embers.
Minus Three was produced by Thor Phillips, whose Dobro and flatpicked guitar joins Gareth Bjaaland's banjo, Christopher Ridgway's mandolin, Watling's fiddle, and Bates' rhythm in a playful bluegrass feel. Watling plays fiddle , and Bates plays rhythm guitar and vocals. The track was mastered by Paul Blakey at 12th & Vine Post. The video was directed and produced by Watling & Bates, recorded in various locations on the highways from Barraba NSW to Texas Queensland during the drought-affected winter of 2018.
Minus Three can be purchased through our website store, through digital download, or on the Small Town Tales CD.
I Got Gold
I Got Gold, our first radio single from the Small Town Tales album, was released through Checked Label Services on 24th July 2018. The song, by Geoffrey Bates, speaks of finding gold amongst life's gravel, and holding it tight. Of being grateful for simple joys that sustain us during the hard times.
I Got Gold was produced by Thor Phillips, whose sparkling Dobro complements Watling's fiddle and banjo, and Bates' guitar and vocals. The track was mastered by Paul Blakey at 12th & Vine Post. The video was directed and produced by Watling & Bates on location in Ashford NSW.
I Gold Gold can be purchased through our website store through digital download or on the Small Town Tales album.