Melinda Schneider with some local songwriters.
Melinda Schneider with some local songwriters.

Singing stars in town

THEIR songs might not be ready for radio yet, but Warwick boasts some extraordinarily talent, according to country music star Melinda Schneider.

In the city yesterday for a Queensland Music Festival Song Trails South workshop the artist praised the skill and enthusiasm of the 54 locals involved in the intense three-hour session.

“We had more young people here than at any other workshop and it was brilliant,” Schneider said.

“There were a few gems among the participants and it was very gratifying to work with them.”

The Rose City workshop was one of five being held in southern Queensland this month.

Participants explored elements of song writing with music greats like Schneider, The Choirboys founder Mark Gable, Mondo Rock legend Eric McClusker and industry newcomer Leah Flanagan.

Warwick was the third stopover on a workshop tour which takes in Cleveland, Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan and culminates in a performance this Sunday at Brisbane's Powerhouse, Turbine Platform.

“Anyone can write a song and practise does make perfect,” Schneider explained.

“Warwick's participants have shown depth of talent and a keenness to know more about the process, which has made our regional workshop very rewarding.”

From the local workshop have come the beginnings of a country ballad Rose City Ruby, which Schneider admits has potential but “needs a little more work”.



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