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Competition co-ordinator Tom Whitaker said that ‘applications were even stronger than previous years’ and it had ‘proven to be a tough task for competition judges to choose winners’.

The winners are: Vocal – Reilly Fitzalan mentored by the The Voice runner-up, Darren Percival.

Blues & Roots – Matilda Dods (pictured) mentored by Mama Kin.

Singer/Songwriter – Annie Plummer mentored by Jesse and Emily Lubitz (Tinpan Orange).

Band – Northwall mentored by Joe Robinson.

15 years and under – Julia and Deanna Batt mentored by Melia and Nerida Naughton (Scarlett Affection).

From Cape Byron Steiner School, Matilda Dods and Annie Plummer were both chosen for their outstanding compositions and vocal qualities. Matilda, who has previously performed at Bluesfest, is looking forward to ‘having a wonderful experience learning from the incredibly talented artists at the festival’. Winner of the Blues and Roots Category, Matilda will be working with Festival patron Mama Kin. Second in the category was Rachel Crane.

Aspiring songwriter Annie Plummer will be mentored by Tinpan Orange in the Singer/Songwriter section. Already a very competent player, this is sure to enhance Annie’s impressive skill base. Another local songstress of great talent Shea O’Toole was the runner-up in this category.

Eighteen-year-old Reilly Fitzalan plays folk rock and generally sings accompanied by a fellow guitarist. Having already made it to number 19 on Triple J Unearthed charts, this is a chance for Reilly to learn from The Voice’s Darren Percival. Runner-up in the Singing category was Maddie Monacelli.

Already responsible for the fostering of so much young talent in our region, Scarlett Affection will be mentoring Julia and Deana Batt, the winners of the Under-15s category. Second was Miki Kehoe.

Band Category winners Northwall are three teenagers who formed at Southern Cross School this year. As well as developing their musicality and songwriting, they are enthusiastic to learn about entertaining, the technical aspects of performing and recording, and the music industry. They will be mentored by Joe Robinson. Runner-up in this category was Faded Nation.

Mullum Festival will be showcasing these young musicians who are sure to be gracing festival bills in the future.

Previous years’ winners Potato Potato, Gabriel and Cecilia Brandolini, and Sarah Buckley have all been included in the 2012 festival lineup as performers in their own right.


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