Round Mountain Girls head back to uni for a lesson in FUN

You wouldn’t think it to look at them, but these fellas (yeah, there’s not a girl in sight) take their stage performance seriously. We spoke to Chris Eaton (AKA Ban Jovi) and he reckons all five of the members of Round Mountain Girls are rock ‘n’ roll tragics.

A true home-grown success story, these talented Tweed musos take their name from the mystical Round Mountain near Cabarita. Their blistering, high energy performances blend banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and drums in a unique blend of Celt-country roots music where the only thing more infectious than the beat is the mix of characters in the band.

Since playing their first gig at the famous Hotel Brunswick in “2006-ish”, they’ve gone on to grace the stages of the biggest music festivals around the country – Woodford, the Gympie Muster, Tamworth, Port Fairy and Caloundra; doubling up this past Easter at the Canberra Folk Festival and Byron Bluesfest.

But it’s not all show with the Round Mountain Girls. They took out the Best Band Featuring A Fiddle Player at the 2012 Golden Fiddle Awards in Tamworth with Robinson winning the Lifetime Achievement Award as well as Best Fiddle Teacher award.

Round Mountain Girls at Rock The Gate

“He’s just an outstanding performer,” Eaton said. “We work hard for a bunch of old blokes. We’re not spring chickens. There’s five of us … three on vocals and we make a big noise.”

The ‘five of us in question’ are Chris Eaton on banjo, Chris Willoughby on bass, Chris Brooker on mandolin, Rabbit Robinson on fiddle and Rex Carter on drums.

After listening to Round Mountain Girls’ music, it’s hard to pigeonhole the lads into any one genre and Chris says when people see the name, then look at the five of them and see the instruments they’re not really sure what to expect.

Eaton says it’s been particularly hard to find a spiritual home on the Gold Coast. But hopefully that’s about to change with two stellar events lined up featuring this energetic five-piece – the first of which is the Bond Uni gig this Sunday 20 July. Things kick off at 2.00pm and it’s incredibly family-friendly. Visit their facebook page for an update if there’s wet weather.

After the Bond gig, the Round Mountain Girls are back in September for Gold Coast Folk Music Festival, 20 – 21 September.

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Round Mountain Girls and Quatro take to Bond Uni’s ADCO Amphitheatre this Sunday 20 July from 2.00pm for a family-friendly Sunday session. More details at

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