Busking for spot at Blues Fest
By MEGAN KINNINMENT
BYRON BAY soul singer Taj De-Leede wants to be discovered.
And later this month her dream could come true if she is successful in the annual buskers' competition run by the Byron Business Group, in conjunction with the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival.
The 29-year-old, self-taught singersongwriter put her dreams on hold while she raised her young child, and now that he is at school she is ready to rock.
"I'm hoping for recognition by entering in the buskers' competition," Taj said. "Busking is a challenge, but it's good experience to be in the public eye and get feedback on your performance."
Taj will join dozens of entrants this year vying for the major prize of performing on stage at the Blues festival.
Other finalists will get to busk at the festival, and the best original busker will have the opportunity to sell a recording of their music via the Sound Foundation website.
"The BBG considers the buskers' festival the ideal way to bring the Blues Festival into the streets of Byron," organiser Sandy McKee said.
The heats for the competition will run from Monday, March 21, to Wednesday, March 23, with the final being held at Cocomangas on Good Friday.
To enter go to www.byronbusiness group.com/site/busker, or log on to the Blues Festival website.