Young talent is making mark on scene after move to Agnes
SINCE moving to Agnes Water last year, 16-year-old Jack Blandford is settled and ready to focus on what he loves most in life - music.
And by music we're talking skilled guitar action and song-writing that is only going to get better the more he puts words to paper.
"I love it," he says in relation to his new home town of 1770.
"We were home schooling, but I'm focusing on the music this year."
While he has no set daily-schedule - Jack keeps busy booking in gigs and festivals, and once every couple of days, rehearsing with his family band, Jack and the Bom.
"It's great - we're always working on new songs and different things," he says.
The band, made up of Jack, dad Darren on bass and sister Frea on drums, will be preparing to play at some of the hottest upcoming central Queensland festivals, including Agnes Blues and Roots and El Grande.
"I can't believe they have Dead Letter Circus. That's pretty amazing," he said.
Jack says he knows the popular band do good music and are well known in their industry and genre.
"It's pretty good that Gladstone gets that."
He says he's pretty certain his band are playing main stage, so that in itself was another thing to look forward to.
"We'll play mostly original songs. Hopefully a few new songs will be ready to play - and some covers," he says about the El Grande gig.
And when it comes to performing with some of the top blues artists - Jack and The Bom will hit the Agnes Blues and Roots stage with the same quality tunes - a mix of rock, blues and reggae.
Looking back, Jack has come a long way from his first gig at Gladstone's Cedar Galleries.
And surprisingly enough, that one session almost six years ago was what ignited Jack's musical journey.
On Sunday, he says he actually ran into the lady who first got him his initial gig at Cedar Galleries.
"She hasn't seen me for a couple of years," he laughs.
She commented on how she couldn't believe how much Jack had done since then.
"There's been lots," Jack said, in relation to his adventures.
From playing at BAM at Tannum Sands to going into the talent quest at the Harbour Festival, and then performing with his family band.
Some of the biggest highlights were jamming with Joe Satriani and stepping on stage at the Byron Blues Festival in March last year.
"I was in the busking competition," he says.
"I didn't win it - but they have just asked me to go back as a showcase."
Jack even had the opportunity to meet Dallas Frasca - who he previously Facebook messaged to let know he was playing - hoping she could come down and watch.
"She came and watched me play and came up and said how good it was."
Jack later featured as a support act in two of Dallas's shows.
While he may be young, there is no doubting the talent of this young musician. He is learning plenty when it comes to writing and playing.
"I did a songwriting course with Kev Carmody," Jack says.
"He said the more songs you write the better you write."
EL GRANDE MUSIC FESTIVAL
- WHEN: Saturday, March 29
- WHERE: Bojangles Nightclub, Gladstone
- INFO: El Grande Festival, Gladstone
AGNES BLUES AND ROOTS
- WHEN: Thursday, February 27 - Sunday, March 2
- WHERE: Agnes Water
- INFO: agnesbluesand roots.com.au