A 15-year-old acoustic guitarist and a four-piece jazz-funk band have won this year’s Gaels Got Talent finals.
Nine finalists competed in the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Gaels Got Talent finals, held on Saturday night at the Penrith Gaels Club.
The winning group were The Bubblewrap Sensation, a four piece jazz-funk band who met at the Conservatorium of Music.
The winner in the individual category is 15 year-old Lucy Dalton who plays the acoustic guitar, cajun box and tambourine recording the music using a loop station.
Lucy was supported at the finals by her parents. Her Irish background comes from her grandfather who hails from Tyrone and her Dublin grandmother.
The winners will each perform on the main stage at Hyde Park in front of a live audience of up to 10,000 people during this year’s Sydney St Patrick’s Day Family Day on Sunday, March 18.
Each of the nine competing finalists performed two songs in front of a panel of three music industry professionals who will judge their performance. The finalists competed in two categories, individual and group.
Music publicist Christine Taylor, musician Brendan Holton and promoter Seamus Finneran judged the acts.
Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade and Family Day President, Catherine Crosse said that the annual Gaels Got Talent competition is a great platform for emerging talent.
“The Gaels Got Talent competition is a talent competition run by the Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade and Family Day committee, it is also a wonderful platform for emerging talent to bring their music to a wider audience,” Ms Crosse said.
“Performing on stage to an audience of up to 10,000 at a St Patrick’s Day celebration will certainly give the winning performers a taste of what live performances are about.”
The Sydney St Patrick’s Day Parade is organised by a group of volunteers from the Irish-Australian community. As a non-profit organisation, financial support is key to the continuing success of the Sydney St Patrick’s Day celebrations through fundraising throughout the year.