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Most Popular Indie Australian Country Female Artist
Seleen McAlister, Gayle O`Neil, Aleyce Simmonds, Kalesti Butler, Jade Holland
Connie Kis Andersen
Most Popular Indie Country Male Artists
Casey Barnes, Doug Bruce, Matt Cornell, Chris Staff, Will Day, Chris Williams
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In Motion may’ve been the
preverbial hard act to follow, but if Gayle O’Neil was even the least bit
deterred she certainly wasn’t letting it show. Armed with an acoustic guitar,
one hell of a voice and a hell of a lot of spirit, O’Neil opened with The Waifs
number ‘Lighthouse’, lending it more country stylings than before, and giving
everyone a great taste of what was to come. Originals like ‘Five Hundred and
Ninety Days’ had O’Neil perform with the passion of Janis Joplin, with a voice
a little reminiscent of Kasey Chambers, only cleaner and clearer (just like
Jewel with a Tennessee twang). Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ translated extremely
well performed solo on an acoustic guitar, as did Nancy Sinatra’s signature
song ‘These Boots Were Made For Walking’, and the Creedence classic ‘Proud
Mary’. Out of the covers performed though, the standout was the very faithful
rendition of Dolly Parton’s iconic ‘Jolene’. As great as the covers were
though, it was definitely the originals that gave the entire performance its
real pep. ‘Freedom’ was a bouncy song that was surprisingly uplifting giving
the subject matter of someone reflecting on a relationship not worth writing
home about. It was definitely worth writing a song about though, as O’Neil sure
has a knack for storytelling. This was emphasised in the sets closer, ‘Welcome
To The Neighbourhood’, an ode to loving music, so how could I not get behind a
song like that, or this amazingly talented artist?
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Justin Robinson from Sydney NSW, and Gayle O’Neil from Watanobbi on the NSW Central Coast, have taken out the FINAL of the Silver Saddles – Country Music’s brand new talent competition, on Saturday at the Sydney Country Music Festival.
All of the Finalists in the 2014 Silver Saddle talent competition (Justin and Gayle, Blake Dantier Band, Goldheist, Ellen Amy and Rachael Fahim) performed to a very high standard in front of an enthusiastic and supportive audience.
Judges were deadlocked, taking longer than an hour to decide the overall winner; a title that was finally awarded to Justin Robinson, however, because the competition was so close, judges and festival organisers decided to award an Honorary Mention to Gayle O’Neil, resulting in both artists receiving the coveted prize of a paid performance on Main Stage next year at the 2015 Sydney Country Music Festival.
Justin, originally from Nashville Tennessee brought his own brand of high energy Southern Rock Country to the Festival. Backed by his band, he performed 4 originals; Live it Up, Need Your Love, Willow, and The Little Things.
Gayle performed 5 originals on guitar, with guest guitarist Michael Muchow: Freedom, My Kinda Heaven, Every Little Memory, Welcome to the Neighbourhood and Free as a Bird from Gayle’s new album, which will be out next year.
‘It is the intention of the Silver Saddle talent competition to seek out Sydney’s own breed of Country Music artists who reflect a distinct sound with that ‘Sydney’ edge – all unsigned artists of course, and in need of their own big break. By awarding the opportunity of playing to thousands at the following year’s festival, we aim to contribute to that much needed exposure – to help get their name and their music out there’, says competition coordinator, Donna Boyd.
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Donna Boyd | Talent CoordinatorSilver Saddle Competition
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