McClymont sisters go to war
By LEIGH PRITCHARD
THE McClymont sisters are not fazed about entering a war-zone.
The Grafton-based country music sisters ? Brooke, 24, Samantha, 20, and Mollie, 19 ? have been asked to perform for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel in Iraq in December.
"It's not about supporting or not supporting the war ? it's about making other Australians feel good over Christmas and New Year's," Samantha said.
"We have been approached and we are really interested in the idea."
Mollie said it would be a reminder of home for the troops.
"It will get their minds off things," she said.
"Music can totally change the way you feel and uplift people's spirits and we feel good doing it."
The sisters were approached by the ADF after the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.
"The three of us were seen on television performing at the (Golden Guitar) awards show, when Sam won a Golden Guitar," Mollie said.
"It is a service to them to let them know people are thinking of them," Samantha said.
Samantha said they will be issued with military passports.
"We will be going into areas where you normally can't travel," she said.
"We wouldn't be going if we thought we would be in danger."
Mollie said they would follow in the footsteps of entertainers including Kylie Minouge, Little Pattie, John Farnham, Angry Anderson and Beccy Cole, who have performed for Australian troops overseas. Mollie said leading up to the 15-day Iraq stint the trio will tour Australia with Lee Kernaghan for nine months for The Outback to Beaches tour.
"It will be a great opportunity to showcase our music," she said.
Samantha said Kernaghan had supported them throughout their career.
"He took Brooke out with him to support his tour right around Australia when she was 17," Samantha said.
The McClymont's five-track EP will be released on May 27.
Patricia Amphlett, aka Little Pattie, performed in Iraq last year for the Tour de Force and is the Forces Advisory Council on Entertainment patron. Ms Amphlett also performed during the Vietnam war in 1966.
"They will take the experience through till the end of their lives," she said.
Ms Amphlett said they could expect to perform on some makeshift stages, camping in tents and travelling in military aircraft.
"There is always an element of danger ? but they will have nothing to worry about, they will be taken care of," she said. "They will love them ? they will think they are gor- geous."