On Saturday 1st November Cooma will be a hosting a festival of street music, illness the Australian National Busking Championships™ with over 100 buskers competing for over $8, disinfection 000 in cash prizes made up of over 22 individual awards. There are prizes for all ages, ailment solos, groups, amateurs and professionals
The buskers are drawn from over 30 different post codes; from Ainsile in the ACT to Zetland in Sydney. These wonderful musicians will be performing in many different musical stlyes including: Alternative, Acoustic, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Dub, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Gospel, Jazz, Old Time, Pop, R&B, Rock, Rock & Roll, Roots, Reggae, and more. They will be singing, blowing, plucking, hitting, bowing,strumming and dancing their hearts out to entertain their audiences. All this fun and entertainment is provided free of change. They would, of course, love to be acknowledged by receiving some donations in their instrument cases or hats but that totally up to their audience.
In this year’s Championships there will be lots of familiar faces as well, as many new performers among the buskers. Michael John Horneman will be competing for the first time. He is a rising talent in country music. His new single “What We’ve Found” is getting a huge amount of airplay in Australia as well as the USA. Michael performs extensively throughout Canberra and the South East NSW.
Another first timer is Jack Biilmann. Jack is another musician with an impressive reputation. He has an extensive listing on the Triple J Unearthed website. He describes his music as roots, reggae, dub and blues. Jack comes from Canberra but he is no stranger to Cooma, performing regularly at the Alpine Hotel.
Connor Ross describes his music as alternative folk. Just 18, Connor has just won the first heat in the Telstra’s “Road to Discovery” competition which was held at the great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma. Connor’s was one of the first entries in the Australian National Busking Championships, he’s very keen and he’s is coming up all the way from Cobargo.
There’s such a diverse range of music at this year’s Championships. There will also be performances by the Cooma Harmony Chorus, Cooma Public School Choir, St Patrick’s Parish School Choir, Stypa Ensemble, Cooma District Band, Canberra Guitar Ensemble and the Cooma Guitar Ensemble. And the entries are still pouring in! Entries close on Saturday 25th October.
This year, we are also organising a “Big Busker Bash” on the Friday night, 31 October before the Championships. There are three venues: “Night of Champions” at the Alpine Hotel featuring past ANBC winners, Guyy Lillyman, Vendulka and Roger McCulloch, “The Button Collective” at the Cooma Hotel, and “Buskers Open Mic” at the Two Vaults Cafe and Restaurant. It’s Halloween…so dress scary.
For more information checkout the Australian National Busking Championships on Facebook.