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Catch some of Ipswich’s hottest emerging musical talent

The next pop sensation, rock legend or country superstar could be on stage when Ipswich Unearthed is held at Studio 188 on Saturday.

The bi-monthly live music event provides an opportunity for emerging musical talent to experience a live event.

Studio 188 programmer Brittney Kahl said it is the perfect opportunity for performers to gain valuable insights into what goes into planning, promoting and playing a live music event.

“It’s a win-win for the performers and the audience because the performers gain valuable experience and the audience get to enjoy a night listening to some of our city’s most exciting emerging talents,” she said.

Four musicians – Ethan Mansfield, Rebekah Qleibo, Jarrad Wrigley and Zeth Hall – will perform at the Saturday, 12 October event which starts at 8pm. Tickets $15.

Ethan Mansfield

Ethan is a young aspiring guitarist who has fallen in love with his dad’s Takamine guitar and rearranging popular songs into crisp, clean acoustic ballads.

This will be his debut live performance. He takes his style from covers band Boyce Avenue and loves jamming with his younger brothers, live streaming their performances to their family across Australia when they have time.

This year, his duo Little Wildflower released two original tracks. He currently studies music at Westside Christian College with teacher and local jazz musician Chris Hollier, and performs at the annual Battle of the Bands competition each year. He has been involved in the college’s funk/jazz/rock band as the lead guitarist since entering secondary school.

Ethan also plays in the Shiloh Chapel Band on acoustic guitar.

Rebekah Qleibo

Sixteen-year-old Rebekah Qleibo has been singing since she could talk. With her own quirky style and tones, it’s her natural vibrato that makes this voice something special.

A love for gospel and classical music from her parents, combined with her own passion for modern ballads and pop such as Adele and Lady Gaga has allowed Rebekah to forge her own identity and style.

In recent years, she has participated in excellence programs such as the Australian Honours Ensemble Program with the Griffith Conservatorium of Music and was a vocalist for QPAC’s production of Memorial with the legendary Helen Morse.

Jarrad Wrigley

Jarrad is a 16-year-old aspiring singer-songwriter whose music ranges between the country and folk genres.

Jarrad has been singing his whole life and has recently taken up the guitar to help him develop his song writing capabilities.

He has written many original songs including Purple Flames and If I Could Fly with a plan to write and record more songs for release soon.

Zeth Hall

Seventeen-year-old Zeth Hall has been playing progressive metal, blues and various styles of guitar for more than five years.

It all started when he picked up his dad’s old Magnum electric guitar and he has not put the instrument down since. At age 14 he landed a job in a guitar shop and his boss taught him the secrets and technicalities of music.

When he holds the instrument in his hands, he himself becomes one with the sound and tells his story ever so detailed.

Zeth is a part of YMCA Bundamba which has been a big influence on his music. The association with YMCA led him to score a music and sound production course at Tafe.

Want to perform at Unearthed in 2020?

Want to get paid to perform in front of family and friends and learn what goes into planning, promoting and playing a live music event? Studio 188 is on the hunt for Ipswich based singers, instrumentalists and musicians to be part of the 2020 Ipswich Unearthed series.

Ipswich Unearthed is a bi-monthly live music event held at Studio 188 – Ipswich’s intimate performing arts and arts development venue in the Ipswich CBD. Email [email protected] for more information.

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