Andrew and Tahlia clean up at the Laura Country Talent Quest

 WINNERS: Tahlia Halliwell and Andrew Hill perform on stage at the Laura Country Talent Quest in July, placing second in the Open Country Duet catagory. Photo: Ian Fisk.
WINNERS: Tahlia Halliwell and Andrew Hill perform on stage at the Laura Country Talent Quest in July, placing second in the Open Country Duet catagory. Photo: Ian Fisk.

Unless you have been walking around town with your hands over your ears, chances are you’ve heard the musical stylings of Andrew Hill and Tahlia Halliwell.

Andrew has been a prominent fixture on the country music festival scene for the past four years and roped in Tahlia as a duet partner over a year ago.

Andrew and Tahlia travel around South Australia with their families in tow sharing their unique spin on country and pop music.

Piled into their family Winnebago, their built in fan club and unofficial roadies support them wherever they go. 

Performing most recently at the Laura Country Talent Quest, the pair walked away with their arms full of awards, including second place in the Open Duet category.

While the duo are successful in most competitions they enter, Andrew said it’s the atmosphere he enjoys more than the accolades.

“You come from all different places around South Australia and then you disperse until the next competition, but its just like one big country music family,” he said.

“I just love being backstage around my mates and watching them perform.

“It’s the mixing of everyone's opinions that I really love and that’s why I go to music competitions.”

While they both perform as individuals at many events around town, it’s when they come together they feel most comfortable. 

Proud dad Greg Hill said he has seen the duo evolve and come into their own since the first time they stepped on stage. 

“They were quiet and timid when they first started out and now when they’re on stage they are so relaxed and they talk to the crowd a lot,” Mr Hill said.

“With an artist you can always tell if they love what they’re doing because it comes through in the way they sing, and you can tell that these two just love it.”

While they are often invited to perform at community events, Andrew and Tahlia perform monthly at the Port Augusta RSL on a voluntary basis to help raise funds for the organisation. 

On nights they perform the RSL is likely to serve over 50 meals and Andrew said he loves the fact he can use something he loves to help out a worthy cause.

“Music is poetic for me,” he said.

“It’s something that you can do no matter where you are, what you’re doing or who’s around — you can play and someone is going to enjoy it.”

After a successful start to the country music festival season, Andrew and Tahlia look forward to the next few months of hard work. They are currently preparing for the Port Pirie Harnessing Young Talent event in October and the Burra Country Music Festival in November.