ARARAT - Six local musicians who formed the band 'Shed Dwellers' have brought the house down at the ABC's Exhumed competition in Ballarat.
Staged at the Karova Lounge the event was advertised as a competition not for has-beens or wannabes, but for never weres and saw the Shed Dwellers play off against three other bands in the regional finals.
The Shed Dwellers comprise 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 and finished a close second in the competition.
The ABC's Exhumed competition will form part of a documentary to be screened on ABC TV later this year and ABC Ballarat content manager Dominic Brine said the local Ararat performers made a great contribution on the day.
"The Shed Dwellers blew everyone at the Karova Lounge away with their refreshing take on classic songs by Johnny Cash and Creedence Clearwater Revival," he said.
"They really got the crowd jumping with their passion and their arrangements showed they understood the music which allowed them to make the most of the songs with every member shining on stage.
"They are a truly great band that I can't wait to see them perform again in any venue - Even a shed!"
A large contingent of Ararat residents made the trip to Ballarat to support the 'Shed Dwellers'.
Drummer Dave Gannon said all band members were thrilled with the reaction they received from the packed house.
"It was an amazing day for all of us, we did a great job on stage and we should be proud of ourselves," he said.
"The other bands did a good job of engaging the crowed but I think we did a great job, we had them all up dancing from start to finish."
Front man Darren Isaac added that the group went on stage not to win the competition, but to entertain the masses.
"We achieved what we set out to do on the day - We rocked the joint," he said.
"We would all like to say a big thank you to the Ararat folk for making the trip to Ballarat to see us play. The large group of Ararat supporters were phenomenal and very energetic on the dance floor to say the least.
"They cheered and clapped and made day extraordinary for us, what a day."