A new event to help showcase the musical talents of Meekatharra has been overwhelmingly welcomed by the community.
The first Open Mic Night, held at the Commercial Hotel on February 28, drew an eclectic mix of acts and musical genres, with seven artists hitting the stage for the inaugural show.
Organised by Youth Focus staff Delroy Bergsma and Robert Binsiar, the event provides an outlet for local musicians and singers to share their talents.
Delroy said the first Open Mic Night had proven a positive community experience, drawing talents from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Among the locals to hit the stage were Warwick Tullock and Andrew Binsiar, while Aine from Germany sang acapella What Do You Want From Me? and Li and Lexi, from China, took to the stage to share a Chinese hit. Perth local Kate Ferguson rocked out on guitar to her original tracks No Time for a Liar, A Confused Man and Apathista.
Delroy and Robert, who work together across the Murchison to engage young people in mental health awareness and psychological support, performed their song In Your Mind, which they wrote about a close friend who died by suicide late last year.
“We have been overwhelmed by the amazing response that the first Open Mic Night received and hope to stage the event monthly,” Delroy said.
“We had such a fun night, and I was impressed at the number of people who put aside their nerves in order to get up and perform in front of a crowd.”
Robert said feedback about the event had been positive.
“Music is a universal language and social connector that has great potential to draw people together and provide an avenue to help young people deal with life’s challenges,” he said.
The next Open Mic Night will be held at the Commercial Hotel on Thursday, March 28 at 8pm.
For more information about Youth Focus, call 6266 4333 or visit www.youthfocus.com.au
Nicole Cox – 0419 941 443