Right place, right time with Thirsty Merc

The decision to go home late after seeing Thirsty Merc at Club Taree presented Kim Shirono (left), Mel McLucas and Emily Creagan with the opportunity for a photo with front man, Rai Thistlethwayte.

The decision to go home late after seeing Thirsty Merc at Club Taree presented Kim Shirono (left), Mel McLucas and Emily Creagan with the opportunity for a photo with front man, Rai Thistlethwayte.

THIRSTY Merc front man Rai Thistlethwayte extended his arms to enclose three friends for an impromptu photo after playing at Club Taree.

The trio were preparing to leave Club Taree after seeing the Thirsty Merc performance on May 2 and were lucky to spot Rai in the corridor.

Kim Shirono said Mel McLucas was quick to ask for a photo with the Thirsty Merc singer and was thrilled when he agreed.

"It was a great night. I had seen them before when they were the support act for Matchbox 20 so I knew it would be a great night," Kim said.

"That's one of the great things about seeing bands in country areas, you can get up close and personal with the musos because there is not 50,000 people. It's a different experience.

"I'm not great with guessing crowd numbers but it was pretty packed.

"People were dancing, some were sitting at tables, we were drinking champagne it's so nice to be able to do that from champagne glasses and not plastic cups everyone was out for a good time and had a great night because they are a really talented bunch of musos."

The Taree gig was part of a string of Thirsty Merc shows promoting their new studio album, Mousetrap Heart. Thirsty Merc is hoping the album will add to their success in Australia with previous achievements including album sales of more than 200,000, three ARIA award and APRA Song of the Year nominations, Thirsty Merc have found their way into the fabric of Australian musical landscape.

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