TAMWORTH

fRETfEST provides opportunities for talented teenage musicians to showcase their own music at the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, with excellent live concert performances on some of the biggest stages.

TOYOTA PARK STAGE (above) and the FANZONE STAGE (below) - great experiences for young musicians!

 
HOW TO GET A SPOT WITH fRETfEST (in 2017/18) 
 
Apply Now!
If you think you've got the songs and stage confidence, email your details to info@fretfest.com including your phone number, age, address and a link to your original music. No backing tracks please (live music only) and this opportunity is for teenagers only, aged 13-19 years, please.
 
Over 20yo and reckon you still got it?
Fretfest is always interested in hearing from musicians with fresh material and a professional attitude. Drop us a line, send us a link to your live performance video and get ready to learn. Some people say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Lucky we're not dog trainers. Lol :-) 
 
 
WHAT NEXT?
Join the music career development program that was hewn from our experience working with Pete Murray, Kate Miller-Heidke and Tom Busby, plus others, including TELSTRA DISCOVERY WINNER, Andrew Redford, AUSTRALIA'S GOT TALENT finalist, Mark Lowndes and THE VOICE 2013 finalist, Jac Stone!  Go to www.fretfest.com/mentorship for more information.
 
WHAT TO EXPECT @ fRETfEST
Here's a quick photographic summary of our trips to Tamworth!
 
2017 HIGHLIGHTS
 
This year, we rocked the PEEL STREET STAGE, FANZONE STAGE and THE PUB.
 
From Left, 14yo Luke Furbank from Bathurst, 16yo Molly Millington from Central Coast, 10yo Felicity Maher from Coonabarabran, Al Buchan, 17yo Tyler Shoobert from Binnaway, 15yo Georgie Taylor from Brisbane.
 
15yo Georgie Taylor won the 2017 North Tamworth Bears Talent Quest, making it 3 years in a row for fRETfEST.  2016, won by 15yo Kyle Bryant, 2015, won by fRETfEST founder, Al Buchan.
 
 
13yo Jace Weatherall with 10yo Felicity Maher performed Advance Australia Fair on Australia Day, on the Peel Street Stage.
 
14yo Luke Furbank, runner up in the 2017 Regional Song Contest, performing on the FANZONE STAGE
 
2016 HIGHLIGHTS
 
Regional Song Contest winner, Tyler Shoobert in the spotlight on Coca Cola Stage.
 
The Hog's Breath Cafe stage, with thanks to Tamworth Songwriter's Association
 
Tyler Shoobert with guitar hero, Josh Needs and Fretfest director, Alan Buchan
 
Kyle Bryant wins the North Tamworth Bears Talent Quest (pic with Alan Buchan)
 
2015 HIGHLIGHTS
 
Alan Buchan with Emma Bell, Liam Kennedy-Clark, Cassie Hilbers and Angus Gill
 
Angus Gill (left), Cassie Hilbers, Liam Kennedy-Clark and, Emma Bell with Alan Buchan
 
18yo Teaghan Pugsley (left) with Nick & Sam, Kaitlyn Thomas and Alan Buchan.
 
Nick & Sam made the Newspaper. They drew big crowds in the Busking Comp.
 
Alan Buchan having some fun on the streets of Tamworth... amazing chalk art !!!
 
2014 HIGHLIGHTS
 

 

2TM Radio interview live in the heart of the festival, introducing Queensland musicians live on stage to a massive community audience of listeners!

 

 

fRETfEST appeared at the HILUX STAGE in the heart of the festival, introducing 6 Queensland musicians live on stage in a 2 hour showcase.

 

 

Appearing on the COCA COLA STAGE in another 2hr showcase with Queensland Singer Songwriters Hannah Karydas (pictured below), Simon Thomas, Siskin River, Michael David, Mick McHugh and (from Melbourne) Jenny Biddle.

 

 

Following on from the showcase (pic above) we were invited to return to the 2TM JAYCO STAGE for an encore performance.  Joining us on stage were Jenny Biddle, Michael David, Hannah Karydas, Simon Thomas and a dynamic duo of sisters, Tullara & Shalane Connors calling themselves SISKIN RIVER.

 

 

 

WHAT DO THE MUSICIANS SAY?

 

“Going to Tamworth was great because it provided me with a ton of performance experience and networking opportunities!” (Pictured with Al Buchan)

 

 

“fRETfEST provided great opportunities for me to perform my original tunes to a new, appreciative audience! JENNY BIDDLE (pictured above) went on to win the People’s Choice Award.

 

 

“I enjoyed the opportunity to play in Tamworth and to experience the atmosphere of the festival.

(Hannah pictured above)

 

 

“Many thanks to Fretfest for the opportunity to perform for great appreciative audiences at Tamworth.

It was a privilege to have the opportunity to play alongside such talented songwriters. (Mike David)

 

 

“Fretfest at Tamworth was a great opportunity to begin getting our music out into the public and it gave us the chance to play on a couple of different, well-equipped stages, in front of an appreciative audience.”

 

FROM THE DIRECTOR

 

Alan Buchan says, “fRETfEST is proud to support these young musicians and we hope in future, government funding agencies will get behind us and support what we do. It is clear that fRETfEST is providing the right stuff.  Event managers and festival directors are eager to embrace fRETfEST and, importantly, audiences respond positively where ever we go.”

 

 

We’re getting on with the business of supporting Queensland musicians.

 

Thank you to Tamworth, in particular, thanks to Caroline Burton and the team at The Tamworth Regional City Council and the Hilux Stage, Mal McCall and the team at Radio 2TM Tamworth and the Jayco Stage, Luci Bolton and the team at Rural Press and the Coca Cola Stage, everyone at the North Tamworth Bears Camp Grounds and Geoff Thrift from PnB Music Tamworth!

 

Pictured: Jenny Biddle, Michael David, Tullara Connors, Al Buchan, Shalane Connors, Mick McHugh, Hannah Karydas, Simon Thomas.

 

To get involved, contact us now

 

  

fRETfEST®

Singer Songwriter Showcase

Music Mentorship Program

www.fretfest.com