Country road to Tamworth
A YEPPOON music teacher is off to Tamworth after winning a heat in a nation-wide country music competition.
Shane McDonald won the Bun- daberg heat of the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition on Sat- urday.
A large crowd watched the 13 artists battle it out at the Sugar- land Shopping centre.
Popular artist Tania Ker- naghan compered the event. Mr McDonald, 32, plays regu- larly in his duo, Twinz, around the pub scene in the Rockhamp- ton and Emerald areas at night and teaches music at St Ursula's College two days a week.
He saw the competition as a good way to test his talents to a larger audience.
"I saw the Telstra Road to Tam- worth as a means to expand my musical horizons and set myself a new challenge,'' Mr McDonald said.
"I was actually planning on go- ing to Tamworth anyway next year for a look at the festival but to go for the finals of this contest is just a fantastic bonus.''
Mr McDonald has put a lot of work into his song writing of late and has a preference to the coun- try/rock style.
For the competition he per- formed Think of Me, by Keith Ur- ban, and a song he co-wrote with a friend, Go.
Each winner of the 35 heats staged throughout the country wins $1000 to help in their travel to Tamworth for the 2006 Telstra Country Music Festival, recog- nised as the largest country mu- sic festival in the world.