McClymonts busy in 2016 with tour and television
THIS year is shaping up to be a busy one for Sam McClymont.
One third of Grafton-raised country music trio The McClymonts, Sam has embarked on her first leading television role as the new host of rural dating show The Farmer Wants A Wife.
This year also marks the 10 years since The McClymonts released their self-titled debut EP and the sisters will celebrate the milestone with a national tour in July and August, including a show at one of their favourite venues, Grafton's Saraton Theatre.
"I feel old but I'm not," Sam laughed.
"So much has changed since we were 20-year-olds. Alcohol has been replaced with formula."
Sam is a proud auntie to older sister Brooke's daughter Tiggie and their younger sister Mollie is expecting her first child in March.
"For us it's always Christmas, then the craziness of Tamworth (Country Music Festival) and then we're straight into rehearsals for the tour," Sam said.
"It's going to be a very busy year but I've never known what it's like to not work."
Now Sam's TV debut will be thrown into the mix with the ninth season of The Farmer Wants A Wife premiering on Monday February 1 on NBN/Channel 9.
"The whole family can't wait for it to be on," she said.
"It's been off air for three years and I think people really miss Farmer.
"I was a fan and I watched it, so that made it easy to say yes to (hosting) it."
While she doesn't come from a farming background, Sam said she could relate to the farmers thanks to her regional upbringing in Grafton.
"What I loved about growing up in a country town is that you know everyone," she said.
"You also couldn't get away with anything either (laughs). I loved growing up in that environment and there's a big community spirit there."
The McClymonts will certainly appreciate that spirit when they play their hometown show at the Saraton Theatre in August.
"Whenever we do a show they always support us," Sam said.
"We also get to see Dad when we do a show there. He always says 'can you come visit when you're not working?' "
The McClymonts' 10 Years of Hits tour plays the Saraton Theatre in Grafton on August 5. The Farmer Wants a Wife premieres on Monday, February 1 at 8.45pm on NBN/Channel 9.