CHASING THE BIG TIME: Ella Younan (left) and Aleesa Cuthbert rehearse their songs at school for the Bluesfest Busking Grommet Competition.
CHASING THE BIG TIME: Ella Younan (left) and Aleesa Cuthbert rehearse their songs at school for the Bluesfest Busking Grommet Competition. Richard Forbes

Grommets tune in for Bluesfest quest

THE Bluesfest Busking Grommet Competition will shake it up again with young local musicians competing for the opportunity to perform at the 25th annual Bluesfest.

Kadina's Aleesa Cuthbert and Ella Younan are two 13-year-olds out to showcase their talents as a duo.

"We've both loved music and have both wanted to perform on stage," Aleesa said, "and play our music so people can hear what it means to us.

"We'll perform three songs; one is Abraham's Daughter, but we composed Where the Willow Sleeps and Flight of the Phoenix for the festival.

"We've sung at school but not on this scale. Hopefully we'll impress the judges."

"Fair enough," Ella said, "we're a bit nervous but I believe that we're much better now than we have been.

"We've been friends for about five years and sung together for two.

"Our songs are about neg

ativities that we've experienced and how we've risen from the lows into now."

Kadina principal Ian Davies said the busking competition showed the talent in local high schools.

"The students will have the opportunity to perform at the Byron Youth Activity Centre on April 12 and 13," Mr Davies said.

"The best three acts then progress to the finals held at the Byron Beach Hotel on Friday, April 18."


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