ARARAT- Six musos from way back will be vying for honours in the ABC's Exhumed band competition, which will form part of a documentary to be screened on ABC TV later this year.
The 'Shed Dwellers' include five Ararat blokes and one from Horsham who have played music for years, but now get together in a shed once a week to follow their passion, performing covers from the rock and roll, rockabilly, country and blues genres.
Featuring Adrian McCalman on guitar and vocals, Bill Bell on harmonica, vocals and percussion, Dave Gannon on percussion and vocals, John Hutchison on vocals and percussion, Darren Isaac on bass and Gordon Adams on guitar and vocals, the Shed Dwellers' members first came together informally for a Willaura Lions Club Christmas party in 2011.
Some had played together in various other bands over the years, some hadn't played their instrument for years due to life commitments and some hadn't played in any bands at all.
"There was never any conscious decision to form a band, the whole thing came about because we'd get together in the shed for a yap and a few beers," Mr Adams said.
"We've never really been wholly focused on being a band, we derive the most enjoyment from the social aspect of the group. Each member of this group takes something different away from their experiences in the shed, the band is just a reason (possibly to tell the wife) to get together!"
Taking part in Exhumed - not a competition for has-beens or wannabes, but for never weres - came about after one of the guys saw a poster advertising the program.
"We normally get together to practice on a Wednesday night and Hutch brought along a poster for Exhumed," Mr Adams said.
"I thought 'that sounds like us' and so I went along to ABC radio in Ballarat for the information sessions."
What followed saw the guys put together an introductory video and upload a song to the competition website.
The ABC then visited Ararat, interviewing Mr Adams at his workplace at AME Systems and filming the band rehearsing in 'the shed' as well as interviewing each band member individually.
This weekend the Shed Dwellers will play off against three other bands in the regional finals in Ballarat.
Each of the 40 ABC radio regions will run similar competitions and the finalists will be whittled down to six who will play off in the grand final.
The competition will be featured when Exhumed premieres on ABC1 and rolls out over five weeks later this year.
Hosted by James Valentine, Exhumed will follows the search for 'The best bands you've never heard of', culminating with a nerve wracking live episode in December as the final six bands perform in the live grand final.
"We were quite surprised we made it this far," Mr Adams said.
"It blew us away! We just came together to play and each brought in what we do individually."
If you want to support these six blokes who just love their music, head along to the Karova Lounge, corner of Field and Camp Streets, Ballarat from 2pm this Sunday.
It will be a great day of free music.