2017 YOUTH MENTORSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

For 8 years Mullum Music Festival has been supporting and nurturing young musicians through its Youth Mentorship Program, teaming up emerging artists under 21 years of age with established musicians from the festival line-up to mentor and provide hands-on practical advice in a festival setting. We are thrilled to announce our 2017 YOUTH MENTORSHIP winners!

The below selected young artists from each category receive a rehearsal session with their mentor, a 20-minute performance slot at the festival with their mentor backstage, the opportunity to watch their mentor perform from backstage and a weekend pass to the festival.



2017 YOUTH MENTORSHIP MENTORS & WINNERS:

Band | Mentor: HUSKY
Husky first played Mullum Music Festival in 2011, and soon after the band were signed to Sub-Pop (NIRVANA, Father John Misty). With the first single 'Late Night Store’ from their latest release PUNCHBUZZ already achieving high rotation on Triple J, and currently having 3.2 million spins on Spotify, the band are thrilled to return to Mullum in 2017.

WINNER : MIEL
Miel(Mee-el), are a trio of high school music students formed two or so years ago. Located in beautiful Bellingen, they sing folk/indie songs with a focus on tight harmonies & endearing lyrics. Whilst covering favourite bands (as witnessed in our audition tape), MIEL also have a growing list of originals that they hope to expand in the near future.

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Singer Songwriter | Mentor: ÁINE TYRRELL
Tyrrell’s passionate music draws from a number of styles and influences. Certainly, traditional Irish folk is in her blood, but so too are elements of soul, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Her upbringing in County Clare and in the United States (her mother is American) and her new-found love of Australia also means she is drawing from many cultures in her writing.

WINNER: RUBY GILBERT

Ruby draws inspiration from short-lived love affairs, imagined yearnings, betrayal. She speaks of the lonely and cynical side of heart break that no-one likes to speak of or ever thinks to write about. She captures and vocalises feelings and emotions that make her lyrics deeply relatable. Tales of hardship, woe and lost love. Murder ballads that she insists are fiction.

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Vocal category | Mentor: KODI TWINER of LadySlug
Front-woman and vocal heroine KODI TWINER leads LADY SLUG - Lismore’s hippest, neo soul, jazz and RNB outfit taking the live music scene by storm.

WINNER : AMY NELSON

Amy is a jazz/pop/indie artist with an indescribable passion for music, and a passion for learning; particularly of musical instruments. Amy feels each instrument is like a new language and a new means of expressing what words cannot. Amy plays guitar, piano, alto sax, flute and sing. Amy dreams to uplift the human spirit, and bring the world closer together through music. Having just finished school, this is the perfect opportunity to start realising that dream.

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Under 15s category | Mentor: DOMINI FORSTER
After touring extensively with renowned Australian songwriter Lior, past Mullum Music Festival Youth Mentorship Winner Domini Forster released her debut album 'Raven' in March 2017, snagging a 9/10 from Beat Magazine, feature album of the week from Eastside Radio, and a place in both the Triple R Soundscape and the PBS Top 10.

WINNER : GRACE DONSWORTH

Grace is a Clarence Valley girl that loves to surf, skate and play music with friends. She's been playing guitar since she was ten, and has been inspired by her father and his former punk rock days. Grace is now influenced by all music!
In 2015 Grace won the Coldstream festival U18’s busking comp and came runners up in 2016. This year she was invited to busk at Bluesfest and came 4th place at the Mullumbimby shearwater spring fair.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR WINNERS!