Young talent takes centre stage at Blues & Roots day

A TRIO of young artists wowed the crowds this weekend at the Bendigo Blues and Roots showcase and family day.

The event saw the launch of the Lazenby Young Blues Guitarist Award in honour of the late Phil Lazenby who was a big supporter of the Blues & Roots Music Festival.

Teenagers Sean Nudl, Dan Simons, and Bill Barber took to the stage to launch the competition which is open to any blues musician aged 25 or under.

Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival director Colin Thompson said it was a great feeling.

“Phil was so supportive of youth in general and of music and he was a big supporter of the festival,” he said.

“He was the first to pick up the phone and help me.

“He was a great mentor.

“Pete Gavin was offered the fender stratocaster guitar from the estate but he didn’t feel good taking it, so he thought to use it as a prize, something that will keep on giving, in the spirit of what Phil was like.

“We had three amazing young guitarists who all played on stage to launch it and they blew everyone away.”

About 200 people came to Sunday’s event at the Big Hill Vineyard to enjoy an afternoon of music and sunshine.

There were 12 acts performing including Trouble In Mind, Stringybark McDowell and, Talisa Jobe with a new buskers stage attracting new and upcoming talent.

John Grossman said it was a great family day.

“Of all the place we go this is the most family orientated,"  he said.

“It was a beautiful day and there was a very good atmosphere."        

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