Watling & Bates

Kym Watling and Geoffrey Bates are Watling & Bates, songwriters from Unumgar NSW, on the western edge of the Northern Rivers, raconteurs of contemporary rural Australia and revivalists of the country’s past.

Their years on the road as storytellers has taken them to venues as diverse as art galleries, outback camel races, arts health conferences, small halls, and bustling city malls. They have enjoyed hosting old time and bluegrass jams at country pubs in the Northern Rivers.

Career highlights include the 2016 Arts Northern Rivers Opera Queensland production Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight; Bundaberg Regional Council’s Whistlestop Small Hall Tour in 2018; a sold-out 2019 performance at Oodies Café in Bundaberg; and their recent spot at the Goats Acoustic Session in Brooweena Qld, 2022.