Pioneer Valley singer Heath Milner takes the stage.
Pioneer Valley singer Heath Milner takes the stage. Lucy Smith

GALLERY: Young talents shine at Pioneer Valley Country Music Festival

YEAR 11 Mirani State High School student Alyssa Brache woke up without a voice, but still managed to wow the crowds at the Pioneer Valley Music Festival.

It's the second time Alyssa has performed at the annual country music competition.

"(I sang) pretty well... I got up there and tried my hardest and got some pretty positive feedback,” she said.

Festival promotions manager Andrew McLellan said that about 60 campers had descended on the Finch Hatton showgrounds to attend the 26th Pioneer Valley Music Festival.

"It's been a great weekend, we've got people from all over the state, from Brissy right through to Mareeba,” he said.

Country singers from ages six to 60 will compete at the three-day festival.

"There's juvenile, open and masters. It's all age-based and there's up six sections in each of those areas,” Mr McLellan said.

Mr McLellan said the festival's seven judges would look a number of criteria.

"There's things like stage performance, there's entertainment value, there's also the technical part of it - the actual singing,” he said.

Five-piece country rock band Southern Comfort - made up of Levena Stewart, Judah Kelly, Tim Bacon, Steve Quinn and Bob Alloway - backed the country singers.

Sammy White, a voice and guitar teacher from Townsville, performed at the festival for the first time this year.

"I usually do the circuit up north a little bit, but this is my first time coming down here,” she said.

"I love it. Everyone's really excited, everyone's really warm and happy and there's a great set of musicians here.”



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