SONGWRITING CHALLENGE WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR
I would like to thank the performers and audience members that made this years Douglas Songwriters challenge such a success.
After two big heats in Cairns and Port, last Sunday saw the final of the revamped of the Challenge in the Spiegelent.
Fifteen finalists vied for the top prize ranging in age from 14 to 61 years old. The amateur category was won by Steph Manoza from Cairns ($500) who narrowly beat Amber Farnan from Cooktown and Port’s own Jimmy Astill.
The Pro category, where the performers were marked on their stage craft as well as their song writing, went to Luka Wilde ($1000), who won by only a point to the tied second place getters of
Shaun Kane and Tim Whigton, all Cairnsbased musicians.
Audience members were impressed with the level of skill displayed from our finalists and I would like to thank all involved for their help in making the challenge a success.
Particular thanks must go to Gregg Buchanan (our stage manager) and his wife Jan, as well as to the judges who donated their time to evaluate the songs entered: Gary Bock, Tony Hillier, Nigel Pegrum, Jeff Cripps and Kim Constable. Also a big thanks to Mel, Ali and Craig from Knockout Events who helped set up and support the event in many ways from funding to marketing. They did a fantastic job too.
Thanks again to all involved and the Challenge will return bigger and better for next year’s Carnivale.
Drew Weyand (event coordinator)