TEENS SHARE TAL­ENT

Stu­dents get to show off mu­si­cal tal­ent

Central Queensland News - - FRONT PAGE - Tay­lor Bat­tersby Tay­lor.Bat­[email protected]

THREE up-and-com­ing singers will have the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time this month, when they head off to the Tam­worth Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val with lo­cal singer, Anna Far­quhar.

Ms Far­quhar is well known as a per­former through­out the Cen­tral High­lands and runs her own mu­sic stu­dio.

Two of her lo­cal stu­dents, Greer We­b­ley and Mitch Rolfe, will busk and per­form along­side her at the fes­ti­val.

A third stu­dent, Olivia Fabish, who has re­cently re­lo­cated to Bris­bane, will join them.

Ms Far­quhar said there was only so much she could teach her stu­dents in lessons.

“As a per­former, I want to bring the next gen­er­a­tion of mu­si­cians along the road with me and give them real life op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

Ms Far­quhar said she got emo­tional watch­ing her stu­dents per­form and “do­ing their thing”.

“They all work so hard to achieve their per­sonal goals,” she said.

“I try not to em­bar­rass them too much but some­times I do shed a tear or two when they’ve fin­ished a per­for­mance.

“They are so tal­ented and it’s such a won­der­ful feel­ing to be able to pro­vide them with these op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The tal­ented singer­song­writer said the fes­ti­val was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for her stu­dents.

“I took Mitch and Greer and an­other one of my stu­dents, Mad­die, last year to have a look and they loved it,” Ms Far­qhuar said.

“I def­i­nitely wanted to bring them back be­cause Mitch es­pe­cially is very into the coun­try mu­sic scene.

“It’s a re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence for them be­cause there’s not too much hap­pen­ing for them here in Emer­ald and the Cen­tral High­lands.

“I love giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to be able to do things like the Coun­try Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and ex­pe­ri­ence things like that.”

Ms Far­quhar said she and her stu­dents would busk al­most ev­ery day on Peel St, an area which forms part of the fes­ti­val’s of­fi­cial venues.

“So that’s the main street (in Tam­worth) and each side of the street is just lined with buskers,” she said.

“There’s about 300 buskers this year we’ve been told, so it’s a great time, are­ally, re­ally amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

This is Ms Far­quhar’s fourth year at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val and her third year per­form­ing.

“It’s an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, be­ing able to be con­stantly sur­rounded by mu­sic,” she said.

“I re­ally love be­ing able to catch up with other mu­si­cians I’ve met and meet new peo­ple and make con­nec­tions.”

Ms Far­quhar, Greer and Mitch are per­form­ing an in­ti­mate gig, “A night with... Anna Far­qhuar” at Emer­ald Lit­tle Theatre to­mor­row night in the lead-up to the fes­ti­val.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the gig, check out out page 13 of to­day’s pa­per.

PHOTO: MERAKI PORTRAITURE

SHOW TIME: Anna Far­quhar is tak­ing three stu­dents to Tam­worth.

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