Pulling heartstrings and plucking guitar strings at MCMF’s country music roadshow

By Jude Toyat
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On-String delivering a soulful rendition of John Denver's 'Take Me Home, Country Roads'.

On-String delivering a soulful rendition of John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’.

KUCHING: It was a spectacular evening at the CityOne Megamall here on Dec 17, where country music lovers gathered for a musical showcase hosted by Place Borneo Sdn Bhd.

The showcase attracted over 100 country music fans that came to enjoy live performances by local country and western band On-String that kept the crowd entertained with lively country tunes and hit songs including Bee Gees’ ‘Don’t Forget to Remember Me’, Smokie’s ‘Wild Wild Angels’, Cory Morrow’s ‘I Don’t Lilke to Drink Alone’, John Denver’s ‘Back Home Again and ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’.

“This roadshow aims to promote our annual event, the Miri Country Music Festival (MCMF) 2017. It also serves as a platform for the band to perform with their fans and get closer with local country music lovers,” said organiser Mona Abdul Manap.

Mall patron giving all-out to show her love for country music with a 'Yee Haw' and win exciting prizes.

Mall patron yelling ‘Yee Haw’ to win exciting prizes.

The roadshow also included fun activities, games and quizzes including the ‘Musical Cowboy Hat’. Free merchandise were also distributed to lucky mall patrons from 10am to 10pm.

This is the second roadshow which highlighted the music festival, the first one was held in Miri.

The MCMF has been held since 2014 and the 4th instalment next year is set to happen on Feb 25 and 26 at ParkCity Everly Hotel.

Member of the audience engaging in fun activities during the roadshow.

Member of the audience engaging in fun activities during the roadshow.

Set on the coast of Brighton Beach, the outdoor music event will be showcasing bigger and better country and western bands. International bands from Australia, USA and a Brunei-based European band is set to be part of next year’s line-up together with popular local bands from Miri, Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Among the bands performing are Shane Smith & The Saints from USA and James Thomson & The Strange Pilgrims from Australia.

Members of the audience playing the 'Musical Cowboy Hat’.

Members of the audience playing the ‘Musical Cowboy Hat’.

Shane Smith has been performing around the world and recently released an album titled ‘The Mountain’. James Thomson is a singer and songwriter popular with his unique mixture of country, blues and rock and roll.

The 2-day event includes a food bazaar and vendors selling unique local products.

“Country music lovers, do get your tickets booked for a weekend to remember,” she added.

For more information and updates on MCMF 2017, contact the organiser at 082-555189. Alternatively, visit www.miricountryfestival.com and www.facebook.com/MiriCountryMusicFest.

Putting the cowboy hat onto one another was one of the games being played during the roadshow.

Putting a cowboy hat onto one another was one of the games being played during the roadshow.

Shooting challenge for mall patrons to win exciting prizes from the organiser.

Shooting challenge for mall patrons to win exciting prizes from the organiser.

 

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