COL-OSSAL: Grafton country music star Col Finley rips out an acoustic number at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
COL-OSSAL: Grafton country music star Col Finley rips out an acoustic number at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Clarence clocks on at Tamworth

By EMMA CORNFORD in Tamworth

THE cream of the Clarence's country music talent is doing the city proud in Tamworth this week as the country music festival gets into full swing.

Troy Cassar-Daley, Col Finley, Samantha and Mollie McClymont and Aaron Bolton are just some of the festival regulars appearing this year.

Finley, a festival veteran of 18 years, has attracted an impressive following of fans from across Australia.

The fans have been following his gigs as he plays at the Tamworth Services Club for the first time.

Despite his popularity in Tamworth, Finley said Grafton had helped to kick off his career.

"Grafton was the beginning for me and the people there, the way they accepted and nurtured my career, are fantastic," Finley said.

"I'm playing at a new venue this year, which has been really good so far because people who don't usually get to see my shows have been able to come along because they're on a bit earlier."

Yesterday was a highlight for the McClymont sisters Mollie and Samantha, who competed in two of the top country music talent quests in Australia, Road to Tamworth and Star Maker.

Both of them have been coming to the festival for the past 12 years and said meeting up with other festival regulars was the best part about the yearly trek to Tamworth.

"There's people who you only see once a year in Tamworth and being able to meet up with them and gig and jam and just be a part of it really by doing things like Fanfest is the great thing about it," one said.



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