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Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - Wed, Novem­ber 14, 2007

SEV­EN­TEEN lo­cal youth en­tered this year’s Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta Youth Coun­cil Un­plugged acous­tic com­pe­ti­tion at King Ge­orge V Gar­dens, over the busy Jazz Fes­ti­val week­end.

Jef­ferey Ca­balar took out the Solo Per­for­mance (16 to 20 age group) with his cap­ti­vat­ing voice singing ‘It’s a Beau­ti­ful Life’.

Other win­ners were: Solo Per­for­mance (12 - 17) Jes­sica Gra­ham (15), Group Per­for­mance (12 - 20 years) Megan Puls and Joseph Flynn, and run­ners up were brother and sis­ter duo David and Kat Scott, who had the au­di­ence mes­merised with their ren­di­tion of Pearl Jam song ‘Last Kiss’.

The Judges En­cour­age­ment Award went to tal­ented lo­cal per­former Rick Stew­ard, 16, who per­formed an orig­i­nal ‘Tell Me’.

Jef­ferey Ca­balar and Christo­pher Man­gu­bat had the crowd spell­bound with their ren­di­tion of ‘Asilo Mag­dalena’ (The Mars Volta), while fel­low per­former Richard Perso treated the au­di­ence to Tom Waits’ ‘Go­ing out West’.

“We were re­ally im­pressed with the level of sup­port for the event, es­pe­cially given the weather con­di­tions, and it was also a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to show­case our young lo­cal tal­ent,” said Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta youth mayor Kathryn White who, to­gether with her fel­low Youth Coun­cil­lors, hosted and spon­sored the Un­plugged event.

“It would be great to see more events like this in Wan­garatta.”

Prizes in­cluded two record­ing and mas­ter­ing ses­sions courtesy of the North­ern Rivers Academy of Mu­sic and Wan­garatta Ru­ral City Coun­cil; tick­ets to Mel­bourne’s ‘Big Day Out’ courtesy of the Big Day Out; tick­ets to Al­bury’s ‘Groovin the Moo’ courtesy of Groovin the Moo, and tick­ets to ‘A Day on the Green’ courtesy of A Day on the Green.

WIN­NER: Jef­ferey Ca­balar (win­ner 16-20 age group) per­form­ing at the Wan­garatta Youth Coun­cil’s Un­plugged Com­pe­ti­tion.

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