On Saturday (23 March) Churchlands Senior High School hosted the final of the 2019 Act-Belong-Commit Fairbridge Festival Quest competition. Twelve short-listed acts battled it out for four prize packages that include playing live on the Backlot stage on 28 April at this year’s Fairbridge Festival. Three of the winning acts hail from Fremantle and one from Mandurah in the Peel Region.
We thank them for their time and commitment to this process that is no mean feat. This year’s judges were:
- Em Burrows, West Australian Music (WAM)
- Vinnie Crea, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
- Rose Parker, singer/song-writer
- Stuart MacLeod, Fairbridge Festival General Manager and Eskimo Joe guitarist
In the 12-15 category
- Song Craft: Tex Holmes (John Curtin College of the Arts) for Fire in Freo Prison
- Song Performance: Sofia Hourani (Fremantle College) for Learn Our Names
In the 16-18 category
- Song Performance: Jye Criddle (Halls Head Community College) for Run Cold
- Song Craft: Isaac Smalley (Fremantle College) for What Remains of Marie Claire
From little things, big things grow…
Music, particularly making music, is one of the greatest joys in life. Fairbridge Festival’s governing body FolkWorld Inc. prides itself in nurturing the wealth of young songwriting talent we have here in WA to bring them and us more joy. At its core, the Quest is all about uncovering and supporting emerging talent, and providing a springboard to launch them into a music career as we have seen with previous Quest winners like Carla Geneve, Jack Davies and Alex Turner.
Returning 2018 winner, Lachy John acknowledged as much as he led the finale version of Paul Kelly’s From Little Things, Big Things Grow. Deservedly so, the rousing rendition resulted in a standing ovation for Lachy, his fellow 2018 winners Saahli-Jewel Kukulj-Hetherington and Romy Bruinsma, and the 2019 Quest finalists!