COLLABORATION: Composer Scott Saunders, Jack Blandford and managing director Marguerite Pepper in rehearsals for the QMF production of Boomtown.
COLLABORATION: Composer Scott Saunders, Jack Blandford and managing director Marguerite Pepper in rehearsals for the QMF production of Boomtown. Gina Motzouris

Townsfolk inspire QMF show, young guitarist set to feature

AS TALENTED 15-year-old Jack Blandford jammed on his guitar on Monday at the GEC marquee, Boomtown composer Scott Saunders wrote music on the fly.

This collaboration to create an original piece of music epitomises the Queensland Music Festival production of Boomtown, which will play in Gladstone in July.

The Queensland Music Festival creative team visited the region multiple times last year, inviting community members to step forward and become involved with the musical extravaganza.

Yarwun resident Jack was one of those people who auditioned. Managing director Marguerite Pepper said the whole show was written about the people the team met in Gladstone.

"This scene was written especially so Jack can feature," she said.

"This was the first workshop to try and find a style and beat that will help bring the audience into the atmospheric place called the industry."

To this, Scott added: "It's a huge musical feature."

Jack, who describes his style as blues and rock, with a little bit of reggae, said it was exciting to be involved in the production.

"It's the biggest thing in the year," he said.

Jack said his first album is now out and being sold at gigs where his band New Beginnings performs.

During the artistic team's latest visit to the region they spent time working with various other artists and groups, including 22 musicians on Sunday.

"We brought in as many featured artists as we could to sing. It was an exhilarating day, with everything starting to shape itself," Ms Pepper said.



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