Musical talent runs in the family
IF YOU hear a few bars of Riptide or Brown-Eyed Girl echoing across Park Beach Reserve on a Friday evening, you can be sure D'Boyzos are in the house.
This dad and sons trio are favourites with the Twilight Food Market crowd, performing originals alongside covers from the 1960s onwards.
Smooth harmonies are part of their signature style and while these local lads have enjoyed being under the radar, their talent is being noticed in wider circles.
Dad, Pete Dyball plays guitar, stomp-box and tambourine and has been in the music industry for 30 years.
"I've been around the traps for quite a while working as a sound engineer and tour manager," Pete said.
He has worked with many well-known artists including 15 years with country singer-songwriter, Kasey Chambers.
Pete's sons, Sam 17 and Lee 15, are also accomplished musicians. In D'Boyzos Sam plays guitar and is lead vocalist while Lee is a multi-instrumentalist playing bass, acoustic guitar and kazoo.
"Both boys have been around music since they were really young. I owned a recording studio in Dairyville and music was part of our every day.
"The kids started out playing ukuleles, they graduated to guitars bought with their own pocket money.
"Sam is the main singer although it's a diplomatic process of what we sing and who sings it. Sometimes I'll hear him playing something in his room and I'll shout out 'what's that?' or the other way round, he'll want to know about something doing."
"We like to mix it and love a challenge, Paul McCartney & Wings' Band on the Run is one we do with a kazoo that goes down well."
It's been more than three years since D/Boyzos got their first gig.
"That was at the Twilight Food Market. The boys worked hard and learned about 30 songs. We had bad weather for that gig but about 100 still came along."
Unbeknown to Pete and the boys, one of those people was singer Wendy Matthews.
"Later we got a call from Wendy and our second gig was opening for her at the Surf Club. As luck would have it, local publican Harry Barry was at that gig. He's right into the family entertainment concept and we got more bookings from that show."
The musical ball kept rolling and in 2016 D'Boyzos opened for Kasey Chambers at her show in Sawtell.
Later that year Kasey invited them to Tamworth and introduced the boys to Troy Cassar-Daley who was doing a Heroes & Friends tour where he was asking mates in the music business to bring along up and coming artists. Sam and Lee performed one of Kasey's songs at that show.
Impressed with what he heard, Troy invited the boys back in 2017 to sing at a VIP breakfast in Tamworth. This time they performed an original, Woolgoolga Girl.
When he introduced them to the audience he said, "These are a couple of talented kids, I dip my hat to you both."
The boys were back in Tamworth last month to sing Woolgoolga Girl and Sam picked up a song-writing award for Million Ways.
See upcoming dates and the footage on the D'Boyzos Facebook page and check out their EP on itunes: Sam & Lee Dyball