Aussie answer to Ed Sheeran is on his way
AUSTRALIA’S answer to Ed Sheeran just so happens to be in Airlie Beach.
This is what Airlie Beach Festival of Music founder Gavin Butlin wants the world to know, with 18-year-old emerging star Sam McCann set to take to the stage for the fifth annual line-up of the festival.
While still young, Sam didn’t hesitate to take on the hectic life of being a full-time musician.
“It was the best decision I’ve ever made,” he said. “It’s only up from here.” Saturday marked an important milestone in Sam’s career, with his Astronauts single music video set to be officially released from his debut album Sam I Am.
While the comparisons with international superstar Ed Sheeran are already coming thick and fast, Sam played down the hype.
“I’m not copying him in any way and I don’t think I really fit into any particular genre – I like to make my songs’ composition represent the lyrics,” he said.
He is expected to make an appearance across several of the 18 venues hosting the Airlie Festival of Music, alongside headliners Leo
I wouldn’t be where I am without the people I have behind me and events like the Airlie Beach Festival of Music.
Sayer, Sex Pistols founding member Glen Matlock, The Chantoozies, Sneaky Sound System, The Baby Animals, Shannon Noll and Monsters of Rock.
Sam said the festival was a unique opportunity for young up-and-comers like him to shine.
“I wouldn’t be where I am without the people I have behind me and events like the Airlie Beach Festival of Music,” he said.
Sam McCann will be running a song-writing workshop for youth as part of the festival’s free events at the FishJam stage on Sunday, November 12, at noon.
The FishJam stage line-up, which Sam has previously featured in, will also include Mackay’s Got Talent winner Felix Haddock-Quadrio, Mackay Eisteddfod winner Georgia Madsen and Melissa Saunders’ current band Little Cents.
His parents Jared and Melissa McCann have always sponsored the festival in some capacity through their business Doctor 2 You, and will this year sponsor the FishJam stage.
To listen to Sam follow him on Facebook at @samusician.
For more information on venue schedules or to buy passes for the festival, phone 0408 062 816.
The Airlie Beach Festival of Music will run from November 10–12.
NEW TALENT: Sam McCann has already been likened to Ed Sheeran.