Singer and songwriter Emma Bell will be on stage at the Woodford Folk Festival this year performing her very own songs.
Singer and songwriter Emma Bell will be on stage at the Woodford Folk Festival this year performing her very own songs. Erin Smith

Emma to take Woodford stage

IN A few short weeks Emma Bell will be able to tick performing at the Woodford Folk Festival off her list of dreams - a chance not many musicians get to take.

Emma was one of four musicians invited to perform as part of the fRETfEST group.

The 16-year-old will not be performing covers either - singing only songs she has written.

"I started writing songs and playing the guitar when I was 12," she said.

"They just sort of went hand and hand.

"No one knows where I got (my musical ability) from."

Her mother Wendy said Emma had always enjoyed singing and everything that came along with it.

"She always loved music and when she was little she would put on little concerts and sing Delta Goodrem," she said.

"I never imagined her singing and playing for crowds of people, it just sort of happened."

Emma can still remember her first ever stage performance.

"I was seven and we sang True Colours with the school choir at assembly; I had a lead role in it," she said.

When Emma opened the letter informing her the festival organisers were a fan of her demo and had chosen her to take to the stage she was stoked.

"I was really excited, I have watched it on television and read about and always wanted to go," she said.

Adding to her excitement is the fact that one of her favourite artists Matt Corby will also be taking to the stage.

Emma has even written a song to suit the atmosphere of the festival.

"I have written an environmental protest-type song to play," she said.

"I also have a song list of about 10 songs which I will alternate between."

The singer is set to start Year 12 next year but is still not 100% certain on what her career choice will be.

"I've never been certain on what I want to do," she said.

"I know music isn't a viable long term career but it will definitely be something I always do."

Emma's festival stage times:

December 28: 9.30pm-10.30pm at Joy Luck Club

December 29: 10.30am-12.30pm at Bluestown

December 30: 9.30pm-10.30pm at Joy Luck Club

December 31: 10.30am-12pm at Bluestown

January 1: 3.30pm-5.30pm at Joy Luck Club



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