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

The Brandolinis take Bluesfest Grommet Busking Comp

CLUNES duo Maple, formed by sisters Monica (13) and Bridget Brandolini (16), won the Grommet division of the Bluesfest Busking Competition 2016.

The duo had the support of siblings Gabe and Cecilia Brandolini, who made it to the top 12 in talent TV show The Voice in 2014, plus the rest of the family.

The girls' father, Phillip Brandolini, posted a video of their performance on social media:

Monica Brandolini and Bridget Anne Brandolini just won the Byron Buesfest Busking Comp ..Such little bobbits sang an played beautifully.

Posted by Phillip Brandolini on Thursday, March 24, 2016

 

The sisters will play at the Busking stage this Sunday at 5pm.

Ivy gets the big one

The Bluesfest Busking Competition was won this year by NSW Central Coast three-piece rock Ivy.

NSW Central Coast three-piece Ivy won the Bluesfest Busking Competition 2016.
NSW Central Coast three-piece Ivy won the Bluesfest Busking Competition 2016. Contributed

The band is formed by Kane Brown on vocals and guitar, Steve Pokrajac on bass and Benny Pokrajac on drums.

In their Unearthed profile, the band is explained as a very tight unit:

"Brothers Steve and Benny Pokrajac make up the rhythm section grooving in sync through some ungodly sibling connection. Kane Brown plays like a man possessed by screeching tones of raucous blues grooves while belting out unrelenting howls with ease," said their bio.

"Over the last five years, Ivy have been refining there sound, playing 100's of live shows mostly around their home town on the Central Coast of NSW.

"2015 saw Ivy step up playing main support for You Am I, and British India, multiple shows in Sydney, Newcastle and interstate".

Listen to one of their songs here:

As part of their prize, Ivy will be opening the Delta stage at Bluesfest this Monday at 12 noon.



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