Clunes duo Maple, formed by sisters Monica and Bridget Brandolini, won the Grommet division of the Bluesfest Busking Competition 2016.
Clunes duo Maple, formed by sisters Monica and Bridget Brandolini, won the Grommet division of the Bluesfest Busking Competition 2016. Contributed

Grommet winners at Bluesfest stage today are local sisters

TAKING to the Bluesfest Busking stage at 5pm, Clunes duo Maple - winners of the Bluesfest Busking Grommet division - are yet another talented branch of the Brandolini family tree.

With haunting vocals soaring to the highest of notes, sisters Monica (13) and Bridget Brandolini (16) make up Maple, the melodic duo that wowed crowds and judges at Friday's final.

Musical talent seems to run through the veins of the Brandolini family: Monica and Bridget are the younger sisters of siblings Gabe and Cecilia Brandolini, who made it to the top 12 in talent TV show The Voice in 2014.

While Monica and Bridget often perform with Cecilia, Friday was their first public performance as Maple.

"We were a bit nervous, but we were excited to be performing," Bridget said.

When they were announced as winners the duo were incredulous.

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"We were just happy to be in the final, so we were really excited when we won," Monica said. "The other performers were so good, so we were really honoured and excited to win."

The two are students at the Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School, where they are members of the choir, although none of the Brandolini children have ever taken formal singing lessons. 

"Our mum is an amazing singer, and she has all of this incredible knowledge about opera singing," Bridget said. "And my dad is really musical as well so I guess we just learn from them."

The vivacious pair (who, like most teenagers, spent this morning binging on Easter chocolate) will take to the Bluesfest Busking stage at 5pm today.

"We're a bit nervous about performing today, but we can't wait to get on stage. It's really exciting," Bridget says.



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