Curry’s Battle of the Bush

EASY LISTENING: Hombre Major sings My Island Home in the open solo artists section at the Battle of the Bush in Cloncurry on Friday. Photo: Glenn Mead.

EASY LISTENING: Hombre Major sings My Island Home in the open solo artists section at the Battle of the Bush in Cloncurry on Friday. Photo: Glenn Mead.

Mount Isa’s One Night Stand on Saturday was not the only big music event in the North West this weekend.

Cloncurry had its own music festival on Friday night (April 21) when the Battle of the Bush came to town.

The Australian Junior Rodeo Association (AJRA) presented the inaugural event at the Cloncurry Equestrian Centre and it showcased local talent and new and upcoming artists.

A big crowd of over 200 locals came along to the racecourse to cheer on their favourites.

The event was open to bands and solo artists in open and junior categories with prizes up for grabs.

The event is raising funds for local young AJRA participants to travel to the US later this year to compete with an Australian team.

Out of a team of 20 or so juniors heading to America four are from the north-west.

They are siblings Brandee and Cade Ferguson from Cloncurry, Maisy Hetherington from Cloncurry and Holly Forster from Winton.

AJRA fundraising officer Jennifer Hetherington said the youngsters were excited to travel to America in just five weeks time.

“It was a great night and now we are busy planning our next fundraising event,” Ms Hetherington said.

She said they had 15 registrations on the night.

“We had bands, solos, duets and a few juniors taking part,” she said.

“Everyone behaved themselves – it was a good family event.”

In the junior category Cody Young won ahead of Abbie Altree and Kaidence and Ricki Lee Logan.

In the open solo, Sabrina Gasio won from Samantha Walton, Ash Cherian, Megan Munchenberg, Hombre Major and Jason Keane.

In the open bands Ash and the Flames won from Mabuntha, Lab Rats, James Mulliss Quintet, Breakaways and Split Image.

Megan Munchenberg won the people’s choice award and Sabrina Gasio was the grand champion who will now represent the north west at the Gumpie Muster.

Sabrina Gasio was the grand champion who will now represent the north west at the Gumpie Muster.

Dallas Steele was the MC and the main performer on the night was Caitlyn Shadbolt. The 20-year-old Gympie performer came to prominence in the 2014 edition of the X Factor where she finished in the top five.

She also did singer-songwriter workshops on Friday afternoon.

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