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Gympie artists bound for the Tamworth Country Music Festival

LET’S JAM: AICM band Cloud 9 will leave a mark in Tamworth. Members Dan Day (head guitar), Beth Wight (lead vocals and keyboards), Lacey Smith-Cripps (bass) and Codey Smith-Cripps (drums).
LET’S JAM: AICM band Cloud 9 will leave a mark in Tamworth. Members Dan Day (head guitar), Beth Wight (lead vocals and keyboards), Lacey Smith-Cripps (bass) and Codey Smith-Cripps (drums). Patrick Woods

GYMPIE'S talented musicians will be sure to make a mark when they head to the Tamworth Country Music Festival next week.

Australian Institute of Country Music bands and solo artists will perform at the music capital, as previous students have for the past 10 years.

Bands Two 'n' Fro, Something in Latin, Playback and Cloud 9 are likely to cause a stir in the crowd, as will solo artists Yasmin Morris, Tiana Dennis, Amellia Winkley and duo The Balance.

All have been hard at work rehearsing before the big event, which kicks off from Friday, January 16.

Director Geoff Walden said his students would gain invaluable experience.

"They get to play every day, which is significant," he said.

"What we do here (at AICM) is very different.

"Not many organisations take groups of students down there."

For the first time, AICM will have a student photographer accompanying the group, recording all of the excitement.

And it is just as well because the young artists will rub shoulders with the biggest names in the country music industry when some students and parents drive them to the Red Carpet event.

When it comes to performing, they will have the opportunity to gauge how they are going against other up-and-comers.

Students will perform at the Court House Hotel every day and enter a variety of competitions, including the Coca-Cola Battle of the Bands. Within the busy schedule, they will make time to hit up the main stage too.

Mr Walden said his students stacked up well against their competition, and they had plenty of home fans in the crowd.

He said Caitlyn Shadbolt's success had brought more attention to the school as would the 2015 students.

Gympie Times

Topics:  australian institute of country music, tamworth country music festival



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