A natural talent is getting in groove

The Coffs Coast Advocate

THE letter said he'd won $1000 and it had 'something to do with music and Camp Creative'.

It took a minute for budding double-bass player Joey Ellis-Cluff to realise he was the recipient of the inaugural Bill Lockley Memorial Scholarship, in honour of the Camp's creator who died last year.

According to festival president Peter Nance, music was one of Bill's passions and the scholarship is for a young person to further their musical studies.

Joey took up the double bass following encouragement from tutor Chris Belshaw.

“He was playing the electric bass at Camp Creative last year,” Chris said.

“He was a bit of a star . . .a natural to slide to the double bass.”

Director of the Bellingen Youth Orchestra Ann Phelan is thrilled.

“There is always a shortage of good bass players . . . mainly because of the exorbitant cost of the instrument. The orchestra needs a really good bottom end.”

Mother, Kim Ellis, said the money would translate to a lot of private lessons. “He's never had them before,” Kim said.

For Joey it means he can keep doing something he loves.

“I'm heaps happy about this - I can use it for lessons,” he said.

“I love the sound of the double bass . . . and I especially enjoy playing jazz, I like the feeling and the groove.”

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