Kelsie O’Leary wows shoppers in the CBD on Saturday with her voice as part of Crush Festival’s Bundy Busk. bus0210b
Kelsie O’Leary wows shoppers in the CBD on Saturday with her voice as part of Crush Festival’s Bundy Busk. bus0210b

Bundy busk competition a hit

THERE was music and dancing in Bourbong Street as 15 artists went head to head on Saturday at the second annual Bundy Busk competition.

Bundaberg State High School student Kelsie O’Leary, 16, a first-time busker, wowed passers-by with her indie pop and country songs.

“I was a little bit nervous, probably the most I’ve been before a performance,” the guitarist and singer said.

Kelsie said she entered the competition almost on a whim.

“Somebody showed the brochure to me and I thought it might be fun,” she said.

Kelsie was not the only talented guitarist on show with 13-year-old Elijah Denman wowing the crowds with music from the 1960s played on his guitar and violin.

“I chose to play that because lots of adults like it and they grew up with it,” he said.

Despite his young age, Elijah is a seasoned busker, taking his music to the streets on numerous occasions.

“It’s a good way to make money quickly, doing what you love,” he said.

Bundy Busk pits young Bundaberg region performers against each other in a street show.

With $1000 in prizes up for grabs, the competition was split into two with a 17 and under section and an 18 to 25-year-old section.

Singer Nicci Dimblon took out first place in the 17 and under category followed by Ben Denman on keyboard and duo Sam Fregonese and Dante Stephens.

There were no entrants in the over 18 category.



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