ABC's "Exhumed" is a band competition with a difference. It’s not for has-beens, it’s not for wannabes, it’s for the never-weres: the people who play music for the sheer love of it. The NSW North Coast had an awesome response with one of the highest numbers of entries in regional Australia. The local winners are "Victims of Geography". You can listen to the competition they are up against at abc.net.au/tv/exhumed/bands/. Of these 44 bands, only 6 will be selected by James Valentine and Exhumed HQ to perform at the Grand Final on December 12 in Sydney. Vote for your favourite band to win the People’s Choice award and stay tuned for Exhumed on ABC TV in November!

More about Verandah Band ...
The Verandah Band describe themselves as "a loose collection of aging tradies, professionals, farmers and retirees with a hankering for songs from the 60s and 70s". The band started one Friday night 15 years ago on the verandah of the historic Jiggi Hall at a time when local musicians could "practice their chops while sharing a glass of wine". The band can sometimes be made up of as many as 15 members and as few as half a dozen. Currently there's between five and nine current regular participants, "depending on the weather". Their self-recorded albums, Jiggi Beach (2007) and Jiggi Christmas (2011), have raised more than $4000 for the local pre-school and primary school, providing a PA system for the Jiggi Hall. According to the band, they "fluctuate between episodes of diabolical discordance and moments of sublime brilliance".

Sound recordist and mixer for the performance. Mic Deacon
Stills: Stephen Axford
Produced by Catherine Marciniak, ABC Open North Coast Producer (2010 - 2013)

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