Winners of the Youth Mentorship Program band category, Boewood.
Winners of the Youth Mentorship Program band category, Boewood. Contributed

Young musicians to get a boost at Bello Winter Music

WINNERS have been announced for Bello Winter Music's Youth Mentorship Program, which aims to foster young talent by teaming emerging acts with established artists from the music festival's line-up.

Winners across the four program categories receive a 20-minute rehearsal with their mentor, a 20-minute performance slot at the festival, a backstage pass for their mentor's performance and a weekend pass to the festival.

River Rose Boyce, a 16-year-old student at Bellingen High School, will be mentored by soul legend Jo Smith.

"This will give me the chance to get my voice out to the public and I would just purely love to sing for everyone," River Rose said.

Band category winners Boewood are a four-piece alternative rock band from the Coffs Coast, with more than a year of gigging experience and one interstate tour under their belt.

Boewood's dance, surf and jazz fusion sound has developed an increasing regional following.

"We are always looking to develop our craft, each one of us is dedicated to playing music and creating a successful band," the Boewood boys said.

"The value of such a mentoring program is undeniable."

Marni Besley, 16, caught the judges' attention with her impressive vocal range, talent for words and musicality at a young age.

The Bellingen High School student says she has been immersed in music most of her life.

"I write songs a lot, but have never had the opportunity to share them with people who really know what they're talking about," she said.

Marni won the Singer Songwriter category and will be mentored by Miss Eileen and King Lear of Perch Creek (formerly Perch Creek Family Jugband).

Winner of the Under 15 category, Juno Pepper Nebauer, 14, will be mentored by Merryn Jean, herself a Youth Mentorship winner with more than two million YouTube hits.

For more information on the festival including tickets and the full line-up, visit bellowintermusic.com.



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