Will Cook and teacher Richard O'Shea brushing up on skills for the upcoming mentor session final.
Will Cook and teacher Richard O'Shea brushing up on skills for the upcoming mentor session final. Emily Bradfield

Keen musicians to showcase their skills

A 78-YEAR-old singing Highway to Hell accompanied by a nine-year-old on drums will be among a host of performers taking the stage for the 2019 Music Muster at Dalby this weekend.

The one of a kind concert will feature eight groups of musicians battling it out for first place.

Each group will perform for 10 minutes, presenting songs from three different genres.

The performance will be the culmination of two months' work for the eight groups who were brought together by fate for the Music Mentor Sessions organised by O'Sheas Music Centre.

Each group was randomly selected and paired with a mentor by drawing names out of a bucket and fate in the form of another bucket determined the genre of songs each group would have to perform.

"The intent there was to get people out of their comfort zones and to open their minds to other forms of music,” O'Sheas Music Centre director Richard O'Shea said.

Mr O'Shea said he started the music mentor sessions to provide a performance opportunity and help people to connect through music.

"It gives people the chance to make music with other people. That's when music is magic, that's when it's fun,” he said.

"People have said to me it's been a great experience to reconnect with other people who play music and to reconnect with the music in themselves.”

While there have been challenges for some of the groups along the way, including limitations to attend practices, Mr O'Shea hopes the participants will come away from the experience as better musicians and with more friends in the Dalby music community.

A judge will be visiting from Murwillumbah to choose the winning group, but Mr O'Shea said the experience is what matters the most.

"It's a competition but the joy is in the journey, in the rehearsals where people get the experience making music with other people ... that's been the real joy,” he said.

Mr O'Shea welcomes all to come along to the free performance which will be a chance to see local artists of all ages on display.

Western Downs Regional Council has got behind the Music Muster in its first year and has been supportive of Mr O'Shea's efforts to raise the profile of music in Dalby.

The Music Muster is free. It begins Saturday 2pm at the Dalby Events Centre.


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