February 9, 2017
by Kaitlyn Estens
Coona Music students, 13-year-old Jace Weatherall and 10-year-old Felicity Maher lit up the Peel Street Stage at the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival on Thursday, 26 January.
In addition to performing the Advance Australia Fair, fittingly on Australia Day, the young musicians also debuted their self-penned songs to the public.
For the past 12 months, both Jace and Felicity have been learning to play guitar under the tutelage of Al Buchan.
“They both came to me completely unable to play anything on the guitar,” Mr Buchan said.
“I taught them the fundamentals of strumming and picking, a couple of scales and a couple of chords.
“At the end of the year, I showed them the four chords that typically make up most pop songs - G, D, Em and C.”
Mr Buchan then set the music students a challenge - to have a go at writing their own songs.
“By the time we came back from the Christmas break, both of them had completed their song, and at Tamworth, they sang them on stage,” he said.
“Jace’s song is so funny, it’s brilliant, and Felicity’s song is epic! She has a natural flair for song writing.
“Jace and Felicity did us proud at Tamworth!”
Coona Music students, Jace weatherall and Felicity Maher, joined by music teacher Al Buchan, performed on stage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.
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