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Brandolini siblings to put on show to thank local supporters

Gabriel and Cecilia Brandolini, who participated in The Voice, will be doing a thank you gig at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on August 9.
Gabriel and Cecilia Brandolini, who participated in The Voice, will be doing a thank you gig at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on August 9. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

THEY may now be household names thanks to their popularity on The Voice TV show, but the talented Brandolini siblings, Cecilia, 17 and Gabe, 21 are as down-to-earth as you would expect a couple of Byron kids to be.

So unaffected are they by the celebrity they have gained after performing to more than a million TV viewers that their first concert since leaving the show will be held in the small town of Mullumbimby as a thank you to their local supporters.

The gig, to be held on August 9 where they gained their first big break - the Mullumbimby Music Festival - aims to be "a gigantic thank you" to locals who "constantly sent us good thoughts and love before and throughout our Voice ride" the duo said.

See it all again: Gabe and Cec on The Voice

The show will be an all-ages event at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall, running from 7pm to 11pm. Doors will open at 5.30pm and you can get tickets at the hall on the night.

The pair said the only concession to their success will be flying rather than driving when they begin a tour that will take in Sydney and Brisbane and later Melbourne and Adelaide this year.

As they reflected on their success on the TV show, they said their Steiner school education (Cecilia is completing Year 11 at Cape Byron Steiner School and Gabe attended both Cape Byron and Shearwater Steiner in Mullumbimby) was the key to keeping their feet on the ground.

Cecilia said Steiner's value on independence helped steer them through the celebrity pitfalls during their time on The Voice.

"Some contestants were being forced to have makeovers and pressured to answer certain questions in the media, but we knew to say no to a lot of that," she said.

"We were very lucky that we had our own independent niche and we could just be ourselves," Gabe said.

The Brandolinis now join the ranks of other local Steiner students who have gained musical success such as The Lovely Days, Tora and Potato Potato - the latter two having played at this year's Splendour in the Grass festival.

"Steiner makes music as important as any other subject," Cecilia said.

"Singing and music are integrated into every day. You learn to play recorder in grade one and a string instrument from grade 3."

"The Steiner system also values creativity as much as anything else," Gabe said.

"It does encourage independent thinking."

The biggest lesson that came from show was how to handle the nerves knowing your performance would be seen, and judged, by more than a million viewers."I've learned to deal with nerves on an interplanetary scale," Gabe said.

The Brandolinis on The Voice

Bastille's Laura Palmer:

Imagine Dragons' Demons

David Guetta's Titanium

Empire of the Sun's Walking on a Dream

I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables

Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit

Need more? Here is Cecilia with her little sisters Monica and Bridget performing as The Three Little Sisters

Je Suis En Retard (I am late), written by Monica Brandolini, filmed at the 2013 Federal Park Party by Alex Clarke

Butterfly, filmed at the 2013 Federal Park Party by Alex Clarke

Topics:  gabriel and cecilia brandolini, the voice



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