With winners from Mudgereeba to Port Macquarie, this year’s Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship shines the light on the exciting new crop of artists.
The winners were unveiled at an official announcement event at the Poinciana Café in the town this morning, featuring previous mentorship winners Gabe and Cecilia.
Industry judges, Clara Iccarino from Make Belive Music Management and Samuel Fell, Assistant Editor of Rhythms magazine were impressed with the level of talent and the trend towards young people creating their own original music.
Clara, whose clients include Mama Kin and Tin Pan Orange, said, ‘It was so great to see the kids writing their own songs and also seeing young people with such sophisticated song craft and the passion to be self creating rather than just knocking out covers.’
The program offers category winners the chance to be mentored by industry professionals, a spot backstage at their festival gig and their own 20 minute slot at the festival.
The winner of the vocal category 17-year-old Bella Maree from Mudgeeraba in Queensland will be mentored by Lara Goodridge and Abby Dobson. Bella has been playing since she was 11 and is keen to make it as a solo artist.
The singer/songwriter category was won by 17-year-old Lucy Beverly of Federal, who will be working with Ash Bell of Starboard Cannons. Lucy said, ‘Music is my passion. I have been asked where I want to go in life and what I want to do and pursuing a career as a musician is one of the only things I can think of.’
Nick and Sam are the winners of the band category and will be mentored by Declan Kelly. The judges were impressed by the 16-year-olds with Clara saying, ‘We were blown away by their guitar playing’. The boys play instrumental guitar with a unique blend of rock, flamenco and rhythm in various genres.
The under 15 category winner is Tyra Watts. At just 15 years old, this Port Macquarie girl has already found her passion: music, especially singing. ‘My goal is to have a career in music,’ she said.
Clara was also impressed to see so many young women applying for the mentorship, believing it heralds a future crop of emerging singer songwriters.
‘It was just great to see so many girls, and so many of their songs are just lyrically very strong.’
Meghan Donelly (Mullumbimby High School) was chosen as the director’s pick and a special mention went to Melted Couch (Richmond River High School).
In its commitment to fostering new music and new musicians Mullum Music Festival this year will be featuring previous category winners such as Gabe and Cecelia, Potato Potato and Sarah Buckley (with the Buckleys).