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Songwalk Live workshop and Shine Bright in Gin Gin

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Songwriters across the region are invited to join in the upcoming free Songwalk Live workshop at Gin Gin State School on Saturday 11 December.

Songwriters across the region are invited to join in the upcoming free Songwalk Live workshop at Gin Gin State School on Saturday 11 December.

This event follows on from a successful Songwalk Live songwriter workshop in Childers in October, where over 20 participants had a chance to network with like-minded creatives and refine their skills and talents.

The Gin Gin workshop is open to all level songwriters from beginners to more advanced, focusing on hands-on song writing in small groups, duos and trios.

With two components to the event, the workshop will take place at Gin Gin State School throughout the day, with the Bundaberg Regional Council facilitated Shine Bright songwriter open mic performance taking place in the evening at Grind and Grow Coffee House.

Songwalk Like will provide the opportunity for prompted songs, acapella group songs, re-writing a hit, list songs, as well as information on cowriting, APRA, contracts, and much more.

Participants will take part in hours of creativity, with an opportunity to forge new musical connections and meet each other before the workshop starts.

There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A session to network afterwards and ask any music related questions in a relaxed atmosphere.

Musicians Boi Crompton, Rachel Koster and Eskae Van Eck have ‘put the band back together' to shine a light on the art of crafting songs for attendees.

Collectively the trio have more than 50 years of song writing and industry experience under their belt.

Within the industry Boi and Eskae have worked alongside the likes of U2, James Brown, Dolly Parton, Sting, Tom Jones and The Rolling Stones to name a few, and as their originals duo Skinpop, opened for INXS, Diesel, Hanson, Yothu Yindi, Roachford, Christine Anu and more.

Composing has been Rachel’s strong point for the duration, with 5 solo releases, continuous song commissions, and co-writes with artists such as Michael Barker (John Butler Trio) and long-term collaborator Stuart Fraser (Noiseworks).

She has written in almost every genre including EDM, pop, jazz, acoustic, musicals, Christmas, children’s music, as well as jingles and theme songs.

Songwalk Live is an extension of the online song writing residency run for 80 participants over the state in 2020 and is open to anyone from high school age to 100.

Participants are welcome to bring their own instruments if they have one or may like to work with others who play if they are non-players.

Following the workshop, Grind and Grown Coffee House will be ‘up late’ providing an opportunity for workshop participants to showcase their creative talent with an open mic performance.

You don’t have to be part of the workshop to come along to the evening event, celebrating the incredible creativity that thrives across our region.

This free event features all original, live performances from talented artists from across the Wide Bay and Burnett. Come along and support musicians and make a night of it with a delicious BBQ dinner at Grind and Grow Coffee House.

Bookings are essential for both the workshop and the performances.

Rachel Koster can be contacted directly on 0427 551 973 to book for the workshop.

Bookings for the evening Shine Bright performance can be made online.

Food and drinks purchased separately on the night.

This project is supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

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