DUET: Jess Johnson and Luci Gray are Mayberry.
DUET: Jess Johnson and Luci Gray are Mayberry. Richard Forbes

Festival ‘old hands’ return

IT WILL be deja vu for two Kadina High School students when they perform four original songs at this year's Bluesfest.

Jess Johnson and Luci Gray sang at last year's event as part of A Game of 4, with both agreeing that "it was a great opportunity to perform to a vast audience".

"We've been performing as Mayberry, a duo with a name that evolved during a text conversation when Luci's 'maybe' to my question auto-corrected to Mayberry," Jess said.

"We agreed that our name was Mayberry.

"We've performed everywhere we can, but it's mainly been school-related.

"At Bluesfest we'll perform with Byron Bay High and Cape Byron Steiner School but hopefully, we make it to the Cavanbah stage on Easter Monday, and further."

Luci said she was looking forward to hearing other acts and enjoying the whole experience.

Luci said her first original song, Victory, was "about a little girl who overcomes adversity".

"It's the first song I've written," Luci said, "and it tells how she achieves that victory within herself."

Kadina High principal Ian Davies said it was a wonderful opportunity for the students to sing at an internationally recognised festival.

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Mayberry will also perform at Crankfest at Evans Head Surf Club on April 26.


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