PHOTOS: Out of obscurity, into the spotlight! Warrnambool band wins competition

WinnersBec and the Big River Trio — bassman Don Rondeau (left) from Caramut and Warrnambool bandmates drummer Raff Marino, singer/guitarist Rebecca Beard and lead guitarist Phil Jones. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT
WinnersBec and the Big River Trio — bassman Don Rondeau (left) from Caramut and Warrnambool bandmates drummer Raff Marino, singer/guitarist Rebecca Beard and lead guitarist Phil Jones. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT
Crowds watch on at The Loft. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Crowds watch on at The Loft. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

The Kildares, fromleft: Adam Hardcastle from Nelson and Paul Booth from Portland Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

The Kildares, fromleft: Adam Hardcastle from Nelson and Paul Booth from Portland Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Filming the winning band Bec and the Big River Trio is from left: 9-year-old Millie Lee and 9-year-old Rhiannon Kirby both from Warrnambool.Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Filming the winning band Bec and the Big River Trio is from left: 9-year-old Millie Lee and 9-year-old Rhiannon Kirby both from Warrnambool.Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Lorraine and Mick O'Reilly Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Lorraine and Mick O'Reilly Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Drummer Raff Marino from the winning band Bec and the Big River Trio.Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Drummer Raff Marino from the winning band Bec and the Big River Trio.Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Picture: Double Bass player Dan Rondeau from the winning band Bec and the Big River Trio LEANNE PICKETT

Picture: Double Bass player Dan Rondeau from the winning band Bec and the Big River Trio LEANNE PICKETT

Michael Davey from Port Fairy, Pennie Davey from Port Fairy, Jane Booth from Portland, Chloe Booth from Portland and Emily Booth from Portland. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Michael Davey from Port Fairy, Pennie Davey from Port Fairy, Jane Booth from Portland, Chloe Booth from Portland and Emily Booth from Portland. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

David Lawson from Princetown, Kerry Price from Scotts Creek, Angela Neal from Dennington and Peter Neal from Dennington. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

David Lawson from Princetown, Kerry Price from Scotts Creek, Angela Neal from Dennington and Peter Neal from Dennington. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Crowd members soak up the atmosphere. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Crowd members soak up the atmosphere. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Drew(the big cohuna) Deppeler, Derek (dwight pointer) Rowe and John (Spud longboard) Mc Grath from Port Campbell band Surge Whitewater and the Filthy Left. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Drew(the big cohuna) Deppeler, Derek (dwight pointer) Rowe and John (Spud longboard) Mc Grath from Port Campbell band Surge Whitewater and the Filthy Left. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Lorraine and Mick O'Reilly carve up the dance floor Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Lorraine and Mick O'Reilly carve up the dance floor Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Adam Hardcastle from the band The Kildares. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Adam Hardcastle from the band The Kildares. Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

They went in as hopefuls and came out winners. 

Bec and the Big River Trio — bassman Don Rondeau (left) from Caramut and Warrnambool bandmates drummer Raff Marino, singer/guitarist Rebecca Beard and lead guitarist Phil Jones — were judged the best of six bands which took part in the ABC Exhumed competition held at The Loft in Warrnambool yesterday afternoon. 

The competition is designed to give those who play music for the sheer love of it a chance for national exposure. 

Bec and the Big River Trio, which lists their style as “a mix of authentic rockabilly, old and new country with a hint of blues”, will now go into the running to be named one of six finalists to perform live on television in a grand final event in December. 

ABC television will feature a five-part series on the competition which starts in November and is hosted by James Valentine.