Monday, September 12, 2016

A smorgasbord of entertainment in store for Miri Country Music Fest 2017

The annual Miri Country Music Fest (MCMF) 2017 will showcases a list of bands that includes old-time favourites in the likes of Tantowi Yahya, Raggy and Mountain Wind Band.

The performing line-up is aimed at creating another exciting edition of the MCMF, which will be staged the ParkCity Everly Hotel Miri on Feb 25 and 26, according to the organisers.

The bands are Tantowi Yahya and Friends from Indonesia, Raggy Project (Penang), Russell Curtis (Kuala Lumpur), Shane Smith and the Saints (USA), James Thompson and the Strange Pilgrims (Australia), Casual Ceilidh (Brunei), Adi and Maha (Kota Kinabalu) and Miri’s very own, Mountain Wind Band and Country Road Band.

Tantowi, who has a big fan base in this region, is coming back due to popular request. He will be accompanied by Rani and Friends – another familiar favourite of the MCMF, having performed in several previous editions of the festival.

Other exciting MCMF comebacks are Raggy Project and Country Road Band – both performed in the first year of the festival three years ago, as well as Mountain Wind Band which was featured in this year’s MCMF.

Raggy, who has been appointed the ‘MCMF Ambassador’, performed with another band in 2014. Since then, he has been a familiar face at the festival – both as a performer and a member of the audience.

Next year, Raggy will return with a bigger setup – a five-member ensemble that promises classic country and bluegrass music fans a fun-filled time.

Just like Raggy, Adi Wow also performed with a different five-member band in 2014.

For next year, he decided to appear as part of the duo ‘Adi and Maha’ – a couple of talented musicians from the ‘Land Below the Wind’, set to wow the crowd with their energetic tunes.

Both Country Road Band and Mountain Wind Band will go all out next year at the nation’s only country music festival. Each band will come as a five-member setup.

MCMF 2017 will also feature first-time performances from Russell Curtis, who has been compared with established country singers like Blake Sheldon and Rascal Flatts; and Australia’s James Thompson and The Strange Pilgrims, who had just released two albums.