The Button Collective.
The Button Collective.

Folkies top at SCU

A SEVEN-piece folk band has taken out this year's Southern Cross University National Campus Band Competition.

The Button Collective has a revolving line-up that revolves around singer/songwriter /guitarist Brodie Buttons and accordion player Kwinton Trembath.

When they get the full band together they incorporate mandolin, fiddle, banjo, mouth harp, double bass and drums.

Having won the SCU final, the band will head up to Griffith University in Queensland tonight to compete in the state final.

"We weren't even sure we were going to enter," said Kwinton.

"It's such a competitive thing and we're playing this kind of honest folk music which is not really competitive; it's more about having a good time.

"But we'll take any opportunity to get out and play to new people."

Kwinton said he and Brodie would often busk together as a duo and the band formed through word of mouth.

"We met at SCU and quite a few of us are songwriters, but Brodie wrote the best songs so we sort of attached to him.

"Each time we'd play we'd ask if anyone could play these more traditional folk instruments.

"We'd mention that we wanted a fiddle player or a mouth harp player and people would tell their friends and before you know it we had seven people and really filled out the sound."

The Button Collective has primarily been playing around Lismore at Jimmy Willing's Hillbilly Heaven night and at the Lismore Lantern Parade.

"That really got us more well-known in Lismore," Kwinton said.

"And we often go on River FM and play live on their folk nights."

They also recently played at Splendour in the Grass festival as part of an art installation and Amish re-creation.

Other bands in the SCU final included The Swamp Stompers, Clocks and Dice and The Outlanders. Kwinton said they were surprised to win because the calibre of the bands was so high.

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