Bright fu­ture ahead for promis­ing young muso

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY BETHANY ROLSTON ■ Sean can be con­tacted at 021 656891 or sean­lur­[email protected]

Ev­ery Thurs­day Sean Lur­man gets to play mu­sic all day. It’s his favourite day of the week.

The 11-year-old Te Awa­mutu In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dent is crazy about the gui­tar.

He plays in the school’s rock band, sym­phonic band and jazz band, which takes up a big por­tion of his day on a Thurs­day.

This year Sean’s rock band Army of Prawns placed third at in­ter­me­di­ate mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion Band­slam, with Sean plac­ing sec­ond for gui­tar.

Sean plays plenty of mu­sic out­side of school, too.

He re­cently placed sec­ond in his cat­e­gory at the Mount Maun­ganui Busk­ing Fes­ti­val, win­ning a chunk of the prize money.

This year’s event had the big­gest num­ber of en­tries in the his­tory of the fes­ti­val.

In his spare time and week­ends, the bud­ding gui­tarist busks on the streets of Cam­bridge, Raglan and Mt Maun­ganui, mak­ing up to $100 an hour.

His earn­ings go back into pur­chas­ing mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and equip­ment.

So far he has bought an elec­tric gui­tar and an acous­tic gui­tar, as well as a few am­pli­fiers to add to his col­lec­tion.

Sean also plays reg­u­lar gigs at Biddy Mul­li­gan’s Ir­ish Pub in Hamil­ton and won the pub’s re­cent tal­ent quest.

He was in­vited to open for Waikato Fest, an event at the pub, in Oc­to­ber and of­ten per­forms there with mu­si­cians from the Hamil­ton Blues So­ci­ety.

He is the youngest mem­ber in the so­ci­ety and is grate­ful to per­form with and learn from the es­tab­lished Waikato mu­si­cians.

Ōhaupō mu­si­cian John May­don in­tro­duced Sean to blues mu­sic and has been a men­tor and sup­porter of Sean over the last year.

Sean says peo­ple some­times walk into the pub off the street to hear him play.

“Their minds are blown when they re­alise how old I am,” he says.

He also played a few gigs in bars in Phuket while on a fam­ily hol­i­day.

Sean started to learn the gui­tar at eight, tak­ing pri­vate lessons from MusiqHub’s Carl Watkins.

Carl played an in­te­gral part in recog­nis­ing Sean’s tal­ent and en­cour­ag­ing him.

Sean is cur­rently in the gui­tar ex­ten­sion class at Te Awa­mutu In­ter­me­di­ate. He also learns on­line from YouTube tu­to­ri­als.

He loves cov­er­ing rock songs by The Ea­gles, Me­tal­lica and Pink Floyd — the stuff his par­ents lis­ten to. He’s also writ­ten a few orig­i­nal songs.

Sean says he plays mu­sic be­cause “it’s lots of fun” and he loves the thrill of be­ing on stage.

Sean can also play the drums and is learn­ing the key­board.

When he leaves school, Sean wants to be a fa­mous mu­si­cian.

His ul­ti­mate dream is to teach gui­tar and own his own mu­sic shop.

Sean’s mum Cherie says she is very proud of her son.

“He was born with this tal­ent and we are so happy to watch him up on stage and sup­port him.”

“A spe­cial thanks goes out to Shearer’s Mu­sicWorks in Hamil­ton, who have pro­vided the guid­ance and ex­per­tise when it comes to pur­chas­ing equip­ment and per­form­ing.

“Their en­cour­age­ment has been on­go­ing and very much val­ued.”

If you want to check out Sean’s tal­ent, he will be play­ing in Hamil­ton’s Gar­den Place on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 22 from 12.15pm to 1.30pm.

Sean is also tak­ing book­ings to per­form at fam­ily gath­er­ings and events.

Photo / Sup­plied

Te Awa­mutu 11-year-old Sean Lur­man earns up to $100 an hour busk­ing, most of which goes into pur­chas­ing mu­si­cal equip­ment.

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