Fiddler snares top award
IF you believe Aidan Patrick, his win in the Capital Country Music Association's instrumental section was no big deal.
The Gympie High School Year 11 music student is not concerned with this achievement, the latest in a string of many of awards for his fiddle playing.
A member of both the Australian Institute of Country Music and the Country Music School of Excellence, Aidan was in demand for the duration of the festival, playing bass for AICM band Disbanded, guitar in CMSOE band Reminiscence and fiddle solos at various talent quests.
AICM education director Dr Geoff Walden had nothing but praise for Aidan.
"When you think about it, Aidan plays fiddle better than just about anybody his age. He's won a fair few competitions on fiddle," he said.
"He also plays trumpet very well, bass guitar very well and guitar and mandolin very well. His vocals are good and he sings harmonies beautifully."
The talented multi-instrumentalist was taught violin from an early age. Following his older brother and sister, who were taught violin at school, Aidan started private lessons at the age of five.
The trio went on to learn guitar and mandolin and sister Candice now teaches violin in Gympie. Their love of music runs in the family. Aidan's grandmother played piano, his aunty was a singer and his parents knew the value of learning an instrument.
"If Aidan wants to knuckle down he's halfway to a music career if he wants it," Dr Walden said. "He's just so talented that he stands out."