SOME of the region's most promising young talents will take to the stage as part of the penultimate Port Fairy Winter Weekends.
The Youth Showcase in Port Fairy on Sunday will feature live, original music from some of the region's best young artists: Evie Mae, Maddie Jackway, Maudie Reading, Laura Hickey, Jorja Cate, Abbey and Harry Titmus and Ruby McKenna.
Teen alternative artist Ruby McKenna is looking forward to bringing her original track 'Serenity' to her 30 minute set on Sunday at Blarney Books.
The 16-year-old Koroit singer-songwriter recorded the song earlier this year as part of the pop up recording studio through Moyne FReeZa.
"It was a really good experience, I had a lot of fun and hadn't really done anything like that before," she said.
"It was good to understand how everything works and how simple it is to create my own music at home."
McKenna is from a musical family; with a guitarist and songwriter for a dad, music has always been part of the family home.
She's been playing guitar since she was nine and was inspired early on by Taylor Swift, penning her first original song at just 10 years old.
The Year 10 student's got her sights set on more gigs and an eventual EP release.
Joining Ruby in the showcase will be brother-sister duo Abbey and Harry Titmus.
The twins, 15, recorded their original song 'Don't Be Afraid', written for a family friend they lost during COVID.
They will perform originals and covers on Sunday.
"It was really cool, it was a really good to learn what recording a song entails and how everything gets put together," Abbey said of the Moyne Sessions experience.
"I definitely learnt how songs can be manipulated to how you want them to sound, all on how you want your music to sound."
The experience has inspired them to write and record more original music in the future.
"It's definitely inspired us, we really want to get to the recording stages of our music," Harry said.
"I enjoy the learning part of the music and those challenges that I like to face and getting over those challenges."
The pair attribute their love for early music to their parents.
"We listen to a lot of older-style music because of our parents," Harry said.
"We draw a little bit of inspiration from that and pull it all together."
The Moyne youth council this week launched a new online gallery, featuring exhibitions from the region's best young artists and performers.
The Moyne Virtual Gallery (MVG) has been designed to replicate the real-world experience of visiting a gallery, presenting a range of works by local creatives in an online and interactive space.
The MVG launched with over 100 pieces, including works from fine artists, photographers, multi-media artists, performers, musicians, singer-songwriters and a ceramicist.
Viewers can jump online and 'walk through' a realistic virtual gallery, with high resolution images, pre-recorded shows and other exhibits, all at the click of a button.
Visit the gallery at: mvg.art
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