Postal band member Jason Grice, of Sydney, and Gore's Jenny
Mitchell (13) busk at the Tamworth Music Festival. Photo
Three Gore teenagers have returned from the Tamworth
Country Music Festival triumphant.
Jenny Mitchell (13) was invited to perform at the Tamworth
Country Music Festival's opening show. Michaela Roy (17) and
Vanessa Harvey (17) went to Tamworth to support Jenny and to
compete and perform.
Michaela and Vanessa competed as a duo called Tangled
Strings, as well as joining forces with Jenny as The Back Up.
The Back Up won the Capital Country Music Awards group
section, Tangled Strings won the instrumental section and
Jenny was a finalist in the female vocal section.
Jenny's mother, Julie Mitchell, said the girls teamed up with
three mailmen from Sydney who performed under the name Postal
to form Postal Back Up for the busking competition.
''They got in the top 10,'' Mrs Mitchell said.
Postal had decided to attend this year's Freeze Ya Bits Off
busking competition, which was held in conjunction with the
New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, Mrs Mitchell said.
Jenny was also named in the finals in several competitions.
''The girls were just over the moon. I think the big thing
for the girls [was] it introduced them into a whole new world
Mrs Mitchell described the opening show as being ''absolutely
''She [Jenny] was extremely well received.''
One headline in a local newspaper said ''Wee Kiwi Girl
Cleaned Up Opening Show''. The trio were saving their prize
money to return to Tamworth next year.
An aim of many entertainers at the festival was to get a paid
gig while they were there, she said. That was difficult
because there were thousands of entertainers assembled, but
the Tamworth Hotel had offered Postal Back Up a paid
engagement next year.
''It's a huge achievement,'' she said.