Wagga songwriters mentored by Ilan Kidron, Chloe Dadd and Annie Hamilton | The Daily Advertiser

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WAGGA songwriters were put through their paces on Thursday at the SongMakers Workshop, given just a few hours to put together a song before performing it in front of a room of far-sighted songwriters. The two-day workshop organized by APRA AMCOS SongMakers in partnership with Create NSW is part of the Regional Youth Holiday Break programme. The program brought Ilan Kidron, Chloe Dadd and Annie Hamilton to the Wagga Civic Theater to work face-to-face with local musicians like 17-year-old Will Breretin, a member of local indie rock band Social Afterparty. Mr Breretin said he decided to go to the workshop because he had been promoted by Wagga Town Council and he thought it would be a good opportunity. “I’ve been writing since I was 14, it’s just something I’ve always done,” he said. “I’m just trying to learn a bit from people who have been doing it a bit longer than me.” Mr. Breretin was mentored by Miss Dadd, who experienced the benefits of the program firsthand. IN OTHER NEWS: “I went through this program when I was in high school and I know for me it was really pivotal because it made me move to a different place and meet different people and changed my state of mind,” she said. “It showed me what avenues there were to take, so I think that’s what we’re trying to do.” Miss Dadd said it was a good experience to come to Wagga. “Everyone has worked really well together and is getting along well and being inspired to write,” she said. “It’s important to talk to people outside of your usual circle and get a different perspective.” Participants spend the first day working on a new song in groups of three or four before performing the song to the rest of the crowd. The second day is devoted to recording the song. Wagga Civic Theater director Carissa Campbell said bringing a program of this caliber to Wagga was satisfying. “We know there is a wealth of musical talent in our community and the opportunity to work with industry professionals on skill building is so valuable,” she said. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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