Alice Benfer (with James Blundell) was surprised with a Best New Queensland Talent award.
Alice Benfer (with James Blundell) was surprised with a Best New Queensland Talent award. Contributed

Benfer has a ball at Tamworth fest

IT WAS the "best Tamworth festival ever" for Gympie girl and Country Music School of Excellence ambassador Alice Benfer.

The former CMSOE student was told her album, Mustering up Country, had been voted Best New Talent in Queensland.

She was presented with a plaque and given two gold passes to the 40th CCMA Country Music Awards and VIP tickets to the after-party, where she got to mingle with the legends and the rising stars of Australian country music.

Read more about Alice's achievements in Friday's entertainment section of The Gympie Times, as well as all the news from the Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) and CMSOE.

From the first gig at the Family Hotel to the final gig at the Courthouse one week later, Gympie's country music students outdid themselves at Tamworth Country Music Festival.

About two dozen talented young musicians made their parents and teachers proud with their performances, but most importantly, they represented Gympie with their enthusiasm, maturity, "brilliant" manners and work ethic.

Parents in the audience said people returned again and again to watch the shows and were happy to repeat overheard comments about their children, such as "amazing, talented, beautiful and so much fun".

They achieved some fantastic results in Tamworth - from the showcases and talent quests to paid gigs at popular venues.

The AICM showcases in the Coca Cola tent, featuring The Duke Wilde Band, Sista Burley and Seleen McAlister were celebrated as a major milestone for the institute.

The first edition of the AICM magazine was distributed at every venue and every gig in Tamworth, which enabled people to read about the performers and spread the word.

The magazine will continue to be distributed at upcoming gigs and showcases and AICM will look at producing another edition of the magazine at Tamworth 2013.

Gympie Times


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