JUDGING ROLE: Grinspoon guitarist Pat Davern will run the rule over local songwriters.
JUDGING ROLE: Grinspoon guitarist Pat Davern will run the rule over local songwriters. Mike Richards GLA200118HOTT

Songwriters'competition brings in our music big guns

THIS years Young Songwriters Competition Finals are gearing up to be huge with a talented panel of judges including Grinspoon guitarist Pat Davern and prizes from Splendour in the Grass.

The legendary guitarist said it was a great opportunity to see what local talent is out there.

He said he hadn't dabbled in judging before but thought it would be a great thing to try, especially in his local area.

"Criteria I think that would be important would be the craft... there is a lot stuff which I look for in my own songwriting and composing as well as other people's and how they've put themselves towards the craft,” Davern said.

"I'm looking for musicality, originality and a bit of form.

"What I'm not looking for is the image based stuff - if someone's performing it doesn't matter who they

are or what they look like it's really, truly about the song.”

"It will be interesting to see.”

Davern said he had been spending time in his Byron Bay studio working on a film soundtrack, new music for Grinspoon and preparing for the upcoming Groovin' the Moo tour.

The upcoming Lismore competition includes 16 young songwriters showing their unique skills and vying for prizes including three fully mastered track recordings thanks to Rockinghorse Studios, SAE Creative Media Institute Byron Bay, and Southern Cross University; a range of professional RØDE Microphones; paid gigs with Crankfest and the Lismore Lantern Parade; a professional photography session; access to APRA AMCOS Workshops and more.

Organiser Amanda Shoebridge from Social Futures said: "We're thrilled to announce that Splendour in the Grass has come on board to help support the Young Songwriters Competition and is offering two double passes to the Splendour in the Grass festival this year for our two top performers.

"The Splendour crew are really keen to support up and coming musicians and have their own Splendour Busking Competition to help unearth local talent.

"We know we will have a winning concert this Friday April 13 with the performers the judges have selected - they all have star quality so it will be a fabulous show.

"There will be two major prizes, a people's choice award, and six runner-up prizes awarded on the night.”

Alongside Davern the judging panel will be made up of Diana Anaid, Teddy Rhodes, Kate Stroud, Shelly Brown, Paul Pilsnenics from Rockinghorse Studios, Darren 'Sideshow' Bridge and a youth representative from headspace Lismore.


1. Anna and Jed - Silhouettes

2. Ruby Robertson - Rhythm of the Sea

3. Chloe Mason - Drive

4. August Bridge - Head Up High

5. Monica Brandolini - Bombinate

6. Sasha Manitta - All this Pain

7. Deep Honey - Delusion

8. Frequency - Reeled In

9. Bridget Brandolini - Expired

10. Mia Sansom - I'm So Over It

11. Jordan Irish - Dare

12. Milly Deefholts - Realise

13. Amelia Lily - You and Me

14. E'an Lott - Save Me Some Pain

15. Tahi White - Change

16. Minority Wives - Static

The Lismore Young Songwriters Finals night is being held at StudioOne29 at Southern Cross University on Friday, April 13 from 5.30pm.. The finals concert is a free all-ages event but seats are strictly limited, so be sure to book your tickets in advance at www.