Country gal Sal Kimber and her band The Rollin’ Wheel are set to rip up the stage at ChillOut’s Carnival Day this Sunday.

It’s the first time the Melbourne-based five-piece roots band has played at the Daylesford queer festival.

Kimber told the Star Observer the gig will be a bit of a homecoming.

“I think we’re going to have a lot more fun. When we play at folk festivals, they’re really fun but family-orientated, so you hold back a bit.

“It’s nice when we play to our own crowds — we can do our own thing.”

Kimber certainly has the credentials to play at the event. The north-east Victorian native is also (along with drummer Cat Leahy) happily “out and proud”.

She said her coming-out was a pretty easy affair.

“I grew up in a beautiful, supportive family in the country and Mum and Dad never questioned anything about my sexuality. It was always so accepted,” she said.

“I think I had a different upbringing from many people coming out so when I’ve performed, I’ve never denied it. Even in my lyrics, I’ll have lines you’ll know I’m writing about a girl.”

Kimber will be joined on stage by older sister Beth Kimber (keys, piano accordion), Jacob Cole (guitar) and Trent McKenzie (bass).

INFO: Sal Kimber plays at Cream at The Old Hepburn Hotel on March 10, 4pm-late. Cost $30 on door. She plays with The Rollin’ Wheel on the Carnival Day main stage on March 11.
BANDING TOGETHER: Sal Kimber and The Rollin’ Wheel will play at Carnival Day.

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