Anna’s win a class act

Central Queensland News - - NEWS - Kris­ten Booth Kris­ten.Booth@cqnews.com.au

LO­CAL artist and mu­sic teacher Anna Far­quhar will be per­form­ing with some top names in Aus­tralian coun­try mu­sic.

She re­cently en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion to find the open­ing act for the VDM Fest Rock Edge Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Biloela in Oc­to­ber.

With a gig on the night of the fi­nals, Ms Far­quhar nearly pulled out but man­aged to fin­ish

30 min­utes be­fore her per­for­mance and de­cided to go along and give it her all.

This week, the Emer­ald artist was an­nounced the win­ner and said she couldn’t wait to per­form.

“I was up against some re­ally amaz­ing acts,” Ms Far­quhar said.

“The win­ner was cho­sen by the VDM Fest line-up so to be cho­sen as win­ner by big-name acts was un­be­liev­able, I was speech­less.

“When I re­ceived the call from the or­gan­iser, Mark Di Rug­giero, I was in ab­so­lute shock.

“I hon­estly couldn’t be­lieve it.

“It still hasn’t re­ally hit me that I’ll be shar­ing the stage with some of Aus­tralia’s best coun­try mu­sic acts.”

She will open the fes­ti­val for acts in­clud­ing Travis Collins, Missy Lan­caster, Casey Barnes, Bay­lou, Matt Cor­nell, Hay­ley Jensen and Natalie Pearsen, she will get her own pro­fes­sional film clip and will be part of next year’s fes­ti­val line-up.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to be per­form­ing at VDM Fest, mu­sic and per­form­ing is my life so it’s a huge achieve­ment for me and the next step for­ward in my jour­ney,” Ms Far­quhar said.

“I re­ally hope it en­cour­ages my stu­dents to go out and give mu­sic and per­form­ing a go.

“I al­ways tell them be­fore they per­form or com­pete, ‘just have fun’ be­cause ev­ery per­for­mance or com­pe­ti­tion is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and no mat­ter what the out­come you’re al­ways go­ing to get some­thing out of it.”

Not only is she proud of her­self but her sis­ter, Jocelyn, is over the moon about her achieve­ment.

“Of course I am proud of her, not only for this achieve­ment but for be­ing an in­cred­i­bly hi­lar­i­ous, kind and self­less in­di­vid­ual,” she said.

“Win­ning the VDM Fest com­pe­ti­tion is tes­ta­ment to Anna’s hard work, re­silience and nat­u­ral tal­ent.”

Ms Far­quhar will per­form in at VDM Fest Rock Edge Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Biloela on Oc­to­ber 27.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CHO­SEN: Anna Far­quhar has won a com­pe­ti­tion to be the open­ing act at VDM Fest Rock Edge Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val in Biloela in Oc­to­ber.

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