Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes perform at the Beach Arts Music festival Tannum Sands on Saturday.
Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes perform at the Beach Arts Music festival Tannum Sands on Saturday. Luka Kauzlaric

Festival-goers spoilt for choice at June's BAM

MUSIC lovers were spoilt with performances by headlining country music talent at this month's Beach Arts Music Festival on Saturday.

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, who won Best Alternative Country Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards in January for their new album Black Coffee, and four times Golden Guitar nominee Aleyce Simmonds, performed sets to a large audience.

The artists, who have been touring extensively lately, performed in Gayndah on Friday, and after talking to Andrew Thomson - who they knew and played at BAM on Saturday as well - decided the weekend would be a good opportunity to play in the region.

"We travel and tour a lot," Lachlan said. "We've done a lot of outdoor festivals."

"We've never been here before. We like coming to Queensland a lot,"

They followed up Saturday's gig with a show at Peregian Beach on Sunday and have a performance set for Brisbane on June 22.

Since emerging in 2009 with The Wildes - aka Mat Duniam (drums), Shaun Ryan (bass) and Andy Wrigglesworth (guitar) - Lachlan has earned a reputation as a serious songwriter, with lyrics not typical of country music.

"We're a bit more subtle," he said.

Aleyce sang backing vocals on Saturday for Lachlan, who she has been dating for about a year, before performing solo.

"Lachlan's is more alternative country, mine is more contemporary country," she said of their music styles.

"We're lucky we get the opportunity to travel the country together. It's a beautiful backdrop (at the esplanade)."

Aleyce Simmonds performs at the Beach Arts Music festival at Tannum Sands.
Aleyce Simmonds performs at the Beach Arts Music festival at Tannum Sands. Luka Kauzlaric

She's been busy promoting her latest album, Believe, which since its release in September, produced a nomination for Female Artist of the Year at the Country Music Awards of Australia and two top 5 radio singles.

She said she was about to release a new single.

Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes will perform at the iconic Gympie Music Muster before jetting off to the USA, while Aleyce will follow-up a performance at the muster with a jam-packed three weeks of shows around the UK.

Both will be back for the Mildura Country Music Festival in Victoria.

The BAM festival again attracted a large crowd to Tannum Sands.

The monthly event, organised by the Boyne Tannum Arts Business Community Association, was popular with young families, kids and teens.

Mollie Skerman and Kaitlyn Deakin, both 10, said BAM was a good chance to catch up with friends.

Christine Fuery, who was at the event with her grandson Logan Ellem, 4, is a regular at the festival.

"It's a great atmosphere," she said.

Singer Skye Birthisel, 12, was a stand-out performer at the Chalk Board for Buskers at the northern end of the esplanade.

She has performed at Beach Arts Music a few times previously and sings a mix of country and pop music.

If you would like information on holding a stall, being part of the entertainment or volunteering at the festival, you can find information at www.beachartsmusic.com.au.



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