The McClymonts are the much loved country trio who have been together for ten years. "We took every opportunity growing up, whether big or small."
Musical sister trio The McClymonts are celebrating ten years together since they were first signed as a group act. Growing up in NSW's Grafton, basking in country music, the three have embarked on a life in the studio and on the stage, both as a team and as individuals. Their harmonies are iconic, their tunes are uplifting, and their fans are spread far and wide. As time as gone on, marriages, babies, and individual career opportunities have been par for the course, and life together as a family and a musical act is imaginably not without its challenges. Yet through the ups and the downs, The McClymonts have stuck it out and emerge happily to present their fifth full length record Endless. With ten Golden Guitar awards, two ARIA awards, five albums, and their 2006 debut EP tucked away, the group are more content with their lives and their music than ever before. Brooke recently told Stellar magazine, “We are loving this moment we are in. We’re still touring, we’re still making albums and we’re in control of everything we do. The older we’ve got, it’s all about us three; we come first and everything has to fit around that.” Middle sister Sam McClymont, who has also has been busy as a television presenter on Getaway as well as hosting Farmer Wants A Wife, took some time to chat with Music Love about their new album, how happy they all are at present, with some advice for aspiring musicians.
What does music mean to you?
Music is part of our identity, it is who we are. It is all we have ever known and we can’t imagine our lives without music playing some kind of role in it.
This album Endless marks ten years together. There must be so many stories. Any moment in particular that stands out?
Celebrating 10 years since the release of our first EP was pretty significant for us. It made us stop and reflect on the journey we have been on. Through the good times and through the bad, we have done it all together and we are still here.
You have collaborated with Ronan Keating on your album – this is your second time singing with him now. What was it like when you were all in the studio for the first time?
Both times we have recorded tracks together we were in separate States! We could never get our itineraries to co-ordinate (haha) so thank goodness for technology. However, we have known him for years as Brooke first went out as his support act as a 17 year old and we always see each other at events. Hopefully we can sing the new song together on stage one day!
Mollie McClymont, Brooke McClymont and Sam McClymont. Images via Stellar Magazine, Sunday Telegraph
You write and perform hopeful and joyous songs when many write from heartache and lessons learned. Do you think audiences could do with a few more happy tunes in general?
We try and have a happy medium between the two. We are all in such wonderful spaces at the moment with our personal lives and career and I think you will hear songs that reflect that on this album. However, everyone always has their own stories and pain to deal with and writing helps you get through those times and we make sure we are honest with our fans and record those personal songs. People need to feel a whole range of emotions when listening to an album, we hope there is a song that connects to everyone listening.
You seem to love performing and touring together, but you each have, and have had solo projects. How do you coordinate schedules?
We always make it work no matter what. We have also been lucky that when touring has finished other projects have popped up in the downtime which has been great. We never want any of us to knock back opportunities and that’s something we have learnt to juggle and balance. So whether it’s other projects or family commitments, we put each other first and make sure everyone feels they aren’t having to give up anything they want to achieve solo for the band. If we are all individually happy, the band will always be in a good place.
Did you grow up listening to country music?
Absolutely, our parents were huge fans. Dad introduced us the to traditional type of country and mum was Modern American Country all the way so we feel we had the best of both worlds.
What is your favourite thing about the Australian country music scene?
It’s a very supportive community. People look out for each other and really want to see you succeed which is a nice family to be part of.
Who are your favourite Australian women in music?
Our Mum was our first manager and she taught us everything we know. She also instilled in us a strong work ethic and that you must always stick to your word and never ever cancel on anyone.
What advice do you give aspiring Australian musicians and artists?
Never say no! We took every opportunity growing up whether big or small as it all shapes who you are and you learn from each experience.
What is your favourite place in Australia?
Now that's tough!!! All of us probably would answer differently but The South Coast from Wollongong to Ulladulla is stunning. Tassie for the breathtaking scenery, food and wine! We also love the country side up the top of WA or heading out to Birdsville in QLD to play a festival in the middle of nowhere!
Fri 3 Mar – The Spiegeltent – The Garden of Unearthly Delights – ADELAIDE, SA
Sat 4 Mar – Coomealla Club – MILDURA, VIC
Fri 10 Mar - The Australian Brewery – ROUSE HILL, NSW
Sat 11 Mar – Mounties – MT PRITCHARD, NSW
Fri 24 – Sun 26 March – CMC Rocks – WILLOWBANK, IPSWICH QLD
Fri 7 Apr – Goulburn Workers – GOULBURN, NSW
Sat 8 Apr - Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre – WAGGA WAGGA NSW