Young stars shine at festival

Rising stars: AICM winners Jess Fox, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Letitia Cumner.
Rising stars: AICM winners Jess Fox, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Letitia Cumner. Craig Warhurst

GYMPIE was well represented by talented artists and musicians at last weekend’s Urban Country Festival, Australian Institute of Country Music education director Geoff Walden said this week.

Dr Walden accompanied competitors Stephanie Ward-Wrigley, Letitia Cumner, Caitlyn Shadbolt, The Bandicoots, Jessamy Fox and Fiona O’Shea to Caboolture to compete in the 2010 Voice of Urban Country Talent Search.

In the heats, held on Saturday and Sunday, Dr Walden said all performers did themselves, their parents and their tutors proud.

“It was great to see the Gympie entrants do so well in the heats, and even more exciting to see them experience success in the finals,” he said.

“Gympie’s future in the music industry is well serviced by the outstanding talent in and around the area.”

Stephanie made it to the finals of the juvenile section, Caitlyn and The Bandicoots made it to the finals of the junior section and Fiona was selected for the finals of the open section.

Held in the Caboolture RSL on Sunday evening, Gympie was again well represented in the winners’ circle.

Stephanie was awarded third place, Caitlyn second and Fiona received the encouragement award.

She was also awarded third place in the busking. “We met the most friendly and supportive lot of people you could ever wish to meet during the festival,” she said.

“Huge thanks must go to the organisers who ran the entire event like clockwork and offered lots of positive encouragement.”

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