SINGING STARS: Brothers 3 sign autographs for Jemma, 15, and Kayda, 14, Butler, of Lismore at the Cherry Street Sports Club.
SINGING STARS: Brothers 3 sign autographs for Jemma, 15, and Kayda, 14, Butler, of Lismore at the Cherry Street Sports Club. Marc Stapelberg

Brothers 3 rock the bowlo

"HERE they are, here they are, here they are."

Violet Slater of Ballina couldn't hide her excitement.

She was at the Cherry Street Sports Club in Ballina yesterday afternoon.

Three teenage musicians had just walked in.

The trio have been to Ballina three times before to perform at the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival.

But it's different now.

Brothers 3 are contestants in X Factor, and 10-year-old Violet was one of about 200 people at the club to meet the boys, Shardyn, Tayzin and Makirum, who performed last night.

Shardyn said the greeting they received at the bowling club was "unbelievable", with their fame skyrocketing since they were last in Ballina because of the television show.

"We don't understand - this is incredible," he said.

It was a real coup for festival organisers to get the trio to Ballina.

Brothers 3 had agreed to return to the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival this year - but that was before they decided to give X Factor a go.

As they progressed through the show, it became uncertain whether the boys could come to town because of contractual arrangements with X Factor.

But because of a personal relationship festival organiser Carol Stacey has established with the brothers, a successful push was made to release the boys for one free gig.

Lismore sisters Jemma and Kayda Butler proudly said after meeting the boys that they were fans before Brothers 3 hit X Factor

The girls have seen Brothers 3 play at every Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival.

And what do they like about the trio?

"It's country!" Jemma said.

"They're the best. They're cute and really good singers."

Also in the gathering to meet Brothers 3 were 10-year-old Chandler Mowles of Brisbane, who will be busking at this weekend's festival in Ballina, and festival performer, teen Bridget O'Shannessy, who is close friends with the boys.



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