ON STAGE: Emma Bell loved the chance to play in front of big crowds at Woodford.
ON STAGE: Emma Bell loved the chance to play in front of big crowds at Woodford. Contributed

Young star keen to make second appearance at Woodford

EMMA Bell, a senior high school student at Assumption College, recently performed at the Woodford Folk Festival and says it was an amazing experience which she would love to do again.

"It was amazing, it was my first time there and getting to go to the festival for the first time and perform there was amazing, I loved it", Ms Bell said.

The Warwick teenager was not fazed by the crowd watching her perform and though the first day was a little nerve racking she said she felt comfortable by the end of the week, especially after performing every day.

"Blues town was a bigger venue and we got some

really big crowds there, people standing up in the audience and that was really great and the crowds were so lovely and listened intently which was great. I've been doing this for a far while so I don't get paralysing nervous," Ms Bell said.

"I feel the crowd really listened and responded well to the young musicians in particular, they were really welcoming and understanding of the younger musicians."

Now in the last year of schooling, Ms Bell said she has cleared her plate so she can commit to her studies yet leave enough time for her music.

The young musician said she is focused on obtaining her OP and keeping her career options open.

Since the Woodford Folk Festival, Ms Bell said she has grown as a musician and has learnt a lot by listening and talking with other musicians and learning through fRetfEst, a program for young Australian singer songwriters.

"FretfEst have been fantastic giving young artists like me the chance to perform at places like the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunny Coast (and helping) young musicians understand the music industry, songwriting and guitars and vocals and provides opportunities to perform," Ms Bell said.

Great company

Emma was among the likes of many popular singers who graced the Woodford Folk Festival stage this year, including:

  •  Matt Corby
  •  Tim Finn (Crowded House)
  •  Clare Bowditch
  •  8 Ball Aitken
  •  Beccy Cole
  •  Busby Marou


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