Young musicians show off their talents
Last updated at 20:37, Thursday, 02 August 2012
Carrie Brogden was our girl at Maryport Youth Festival, which shows off the cream of young musical talent.
“I have volunteered as a steward for the youth festival for the last three years but, after seeing the pictures on my website, Debra Park asked me to go along to take some photographs.
“I got interested in the blues festival because my dad has always helped out with it and I like live music. It is a good thing to give bands a chance to have a go.
“I thought the bands this year were really good. The headliners The Conspiracy were really talented for how young they were.
“The bands seem to have a lot of energy and they really knew what they were doing.
“The standards are getting higher each year and the bands seem to be getting more focused.
“I have always had a camera in my hands. One of my earliest memories is playing with a flash gun off my grandad’s camera when I was about three years old.
“It is nice to capture the moment of something in a picture, like a good guitar player or a nice sunset.
“I was pleased to be asked to do the photographs for the youth blues event because it is nice to give something back to people who have given their time so other people can enjoy themselves.
“I am hoping to go away to university after I finish sixth form and do either photography or law; it will just depend on my exam results.”
Organised by and for young people, the youth festival gives young bands the chance to showcase their talents and young audiences the rare opportunity to hear numerous musicians for free.
It is organised by the young people themselves, and members of this year’s organising committee – Tanya Pattinson, 17, Luke Hamilton, 18, Christian Pattinson, 19, and Robbie Thompson, 18 – said they were delighted with the event.
The festival got off to an unexpected start 30 minutes early when Carlisle and Wigton band Ulysses turned up to play.
Workington duo DJD showed their DJ skills which including everything from a chest-thumping beat to the sound of a screaming train.
Two Maryport teenagers added their own bit of magic; Lewis Nixon, 14, of Camp Road, and Ben Park, 15, of Lawson Street, are self-taught magicians who entertained the crowds. On Sunday, they were taught some tricks by that night’s headliner, Chris Farlowe.
First published at 19:22, Thursday, 02 August 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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