Young performers to shine on stage

Jam session: From left Brendon Pan, Guitar World's Gerard Toweel, Daniel McGregor and venue manager Luke Whalan. Picture: Simon Bennett
Jam session: From left Brendon Pan, Guitar World's Gerard Toweel, Daniel McGregor and venue manager Luke Whalan. Picture: Simon Bennett

The Macarthur region is full to the brim with musical talent but lacking in outlets for musicians to share their skills.

That’s what Guitar World Campbelltown owner Lorraine Toweel believes.

She, with husband Gerard, has organised a night at Campbelltown RSL Club to show off local talent and given budding musicians the opportunity to play in front of a crowd.

The Guitar World Resurgence band – featuring any number of the 15 or so musicians who call themselves members – will be supported this Friday, May 19 from 7pm by two young bands: Gravity Stone and Silver String.

“We want to support musical talent in this area,” Mrs Toweel said.

“This gives them a chance to gain experience in front of a crowd.

“These people have a creative passion and they need a chance to express it.”

The Guitar World Resurgence band was booked for several gigs by the RSL and has provided a variety of local bands the opportunity to open for them.

Mr Toweel said the shows were a wonderful chance to highlight what a thriving musical region Macarthur was.

“This is a celebration of talent,” he said.

“Lots of the people in the Guitar World band have their own bands as well – we want to put a lot of good musos on the stage.

“You don’t get too many chances like this in the area.”

Mr Toweel described the shows as an “organised open mic night”.

His wife said the events allowed young bands to build a name for themselves.

“Some of these bands have launched EPs, so they’ll have a chance to sell them and to sell merchandise,” she said.

“Musos can meet other musos and build a community – this is our goal for Macarthur, to bring music out of the woodwork.”

Doors open for this Friday’s event at 6.30pm.

Gravity Stone takes the stage from 7pm-7.30pm, Silver String performs from 7.45pm-8.30pm and the Guitar World Resurgence band will play three sets between 8.35pm and 11.15pm.

Find out more about the show from Campbelltown RSL: 4625 1408, campbelltownrsl.com.au.