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1 Calling all thrill seekers.
Live reptiles, swordplay,
unicycles and a mechanical bull
are all part of bringing the
National Museum of
Australia's collections to life at
Night at the Museum: Thrill.
The evening will probe visitors
to consider what gives us a
rush and why we take risks
while enjoying the live music,
games, art and projections,
food and drink. Friday, August
8, from 6pm-9.30pm. Entry
$10. Tickets at
2 Hotel Hotel is hosting a
Dinner Concert on
Thursday, August 7. Enjoy
sumptuous cooking by cook
Sean McConnell as Los Pajeros
and The Johnny Reynolds Blues
Band play. Perfect for a
midweek pick-me-up. The
event at the NewActon Nishi
Building will be from 5.30pm-
3 Share ideas around Brooke
Andrew's work Marcia
Langdon this Thursday
afternoon from 1pm-2pm at
the National Portrait Gallery of
Australia. The gallery offers a
series of opportunities for in-
depth conversation about
artistic works as part of the
Portrait Learning Circle. Find
out more at www.
4 Little Mac & The Monster
Men play a free gig at
Canberra's Transit Bar on
Saturday, August 9, from 8pm.
This group have a good dose of
rockabilly sound with a dash of
jazz, surf, garage and blues.
Formed in 2011, the ACT band
delivers a mix of originals as
well as covers with their own
monster twist. Head to Transit
Bar and get to know Alex Plegt
on guitar, Susan ''Little Mac''
Mackell on vocals, Nick Smith
on drums and Charlie Greaser
5 Frank Sultana is a
whose musical style tips its hat
to the greats of times gone by
and lures listeners in. Warm
yourself up with some sexy
slide guitar and sultry blues on
Saturday night at the Front
Gallery and Cafe, Lyneham.
Saturday, August 9, from
7.30pm. Tickets $7.
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THE McCLYMONTS AT THE CANBERRA SOUTHERN CROSS CLUB, FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
Sam, Mollie and Brooke McClymont.
Country trio glad to be back home
"To get the best songs
you have to write about
Creating music has always been a
family affair for the McClymonts, but
returning to put down roots in
Australia gave the sisters -- Brooke,
Mollie and Sam -- new fuel for
Engaged to be married later this
year, Sam McClymont said it became
clear a new balance needed to be
struck when she and her sister were
given the news they would soon be
"We needed family time and to chill
out in Australia," she said.
"We still wanted to be doing music,
but with Brooke having her baby we
needed to make it work for all of us."
Spending the past decade creating a
name for the band within the
American country-music industry had
come with a manic non-stop pace of
travel and touring. Engaged to marry
her partner of seven years, Ben Poxon,
later this year, Sam said the new record
was a chance to stay in one spot and
really step up lyrically.
Writing the album's wedding song
Forever Begins Tonight had been a bit
of fun while planning her own
"To get the best songs you have to
write about something you're
experiencing," she said. "There are a
lot of people who can relate to it, but
we always draw from what we are
Keeping focused on their busy
national tour left no time for being a
bridezilla'' she said, but knowing her
sisters well she was wary a singalong
was likely on her big day.
"I don't want to make it too much of
a McClymont show," she said.
"I think it's a bit strange to have a
McClymonts' song playing at my
wedding, but the girls said after a few
drinks I'll have no choice and they'll
get up there and have a go anyway."
While things are settling down in
their personal lives, it's clear the group
and their characteristic high-energy
pop country music won't fade into the
background any time soon.
The McClymonts play Canberra's
Southern Cross Club on Friday,
August 15. Tickets from $40 at
02 6283 7200.
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