Country music star inspires young Riverina musicians

September 10, 2015

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Dreamfields co-ordinator Craig Dent with musicians set to perform at Henty, from left, Gilbert Rayner, Lucy Zweck, Lara Rayner, Madeleine Nunan, Dharma McIntyre and Jakob Peters.

One of Australia’s most celebrated country artists Sara Storer is the inspiration behind a young Riverina band set to perform at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

Four piece band, “Lyrics and a Broken String’’, will perform on Wednesday, September 22, from 10am-12 noon and 1pm-3pm at the Farm Gate Market sound stage.

Band members are all students at St Paul’s College, Walla Walla, and part of the Dreamfields creative mentoring program for aspiring young musicians.

Vocalist Madeleine Nunan, of Geelong, has been singing for 13 years, receiving lessons from Canberra vocal coach Therese Rayner.

Madeleine, 15, has played cello and trombone, but prefers singing alternative folk songs.

“It will be my first time at the field days and everyone has warned me to bring gumboots if it is wet,’’ she said.

Drummer Lucy Zweck, 17, of Henty, comes from a musical family and also plays piano.

“Every year of my life I have been going to the field days – it’s a big event and gets the local community noticed,’’ Lucy said.

“I love the dog trials and seeing a bit of everything.

“We will be performing songs by Sarah Storer, including What’s so Good and Whistle as You Go.

Lara Rayner, a Year 12 student from Walla, has been playing violin since she was 12, and has performed with several orchestras.

“I’m excited to be performing at such a large event as Henty,’’ she said.

Her brother Gilbert Rayner, 16, has been learning piano, violin and acoustic guitar for the past 10 years.

“We formed our band at the end of last year and have performed mainly at school and church,’’ he said.

Jakob Peters, 17, of Coolamon, and Dharma McIntyre, 17, of Brocklesby, will act as MC’s over the three days.

The 2015 HMFD Dreamfields line-up opens on Tuesday, September 22 with co-winner of the Dreamfields song-writing award, Mia Bettio, 18, from Walwa, in the Upper Murray.