Talented: Grace Sleeman performs at the Tamworth Country Music Festival with Aiden Patrick.
Talented: Grace Sleeman performs at the Tamworth Country Music Festival with Aiden Patrick. Contributed

Theebine hosts CMSOE

POSITIVE feedback from their audiences at Tamworth Country Music Festival has encouraged students of Gympie's Country Music School of Excellence to perform even better.

Gympie High country music students are heading to Theebine on Sunday to showcase their developing talent, which has come far since their Tamworth tour in January.

Students like Aidan Patrick and Grace Sleeman play in different outfits, from bands to duo and solo acts. An added confidence has been earned thanks to regular performances at supporting venues; Country Life Hotel Kin Kin, Theebine and Gunalda Hotels as well as Silky Oak Tea Gardens.

Annual appearances at Gympie and Tamworth festivals have also seen stars born like former CMSOE student Alice Benfer, who was named best new Queensland talent by Australian radio stations for her latest album Mustering up Country.

Ronnie J sent a flyer about the school to every pub and club in Tamworth last year and as a result was picked up by AXIOM Entertainment and booked to do a number of gigs.

"The Tudor Hotel was a particularly successful gig for us. Smack dab in the middle of Peel Street," Ronnie J said.

"CMSOE bands played to a very impressed audience who came back for more each day."]

Bands start at 1pm Sunday at Theebine Hotel

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