The Koi Kids: Tori Zietsch (front), Maddigen Henderson and Alex Water will play their secong gig at Bluesfest.
The Koi Kids: Tori Zietsch (front), Maddigen Henderson and Alex Water will play their secong gig at Bluesfest.

Young band gets gig at Bluesfest

The Koi Kids’ first ever gig was a battle of the bands at Ballina Rivafest, which they won. Their second gig will be in front of thousands of people at the Byron Bluesfest at Easter.

“We only had two songs when we went in that competition,” guitarist Alex Waters said.

The acoustic folk trio, who listed Angus and Julia Stone and The Weepies amongst their influences, said they worked hard over the school holidays and now have a repertoire of about 15 songs, five of which they have recorded as part of their battle of the bands prize.

The three Year 11 Kadina High students who make up the band said the opportunity to play at Bluesfest came about because the school’s new principal Ian Davies used to be the deputy principal at Byron High and had an ongoing relationship with the festival organisers. Now both Byron and Kadina High have a spot for a school band to perform at the festival.

Tori Zietsch is the lead vocalist (and has a beautiful voice) and also plays some guitar. Maddigan Henderson sings back up, plays percussion and some piano, and Alex Waters plays guitar and also sings back up.

“I’m so nervous about singing at Bluesfest... I’ve never really sung in front of people before, apart from mumbling into the microphone at assembly,” Alex said. But at only 16 years of age, Alex can play guitar, keyboards and saxophone and doesn’t mind mucking around on the bass and drums.

As well as performing on the APRA stage at the Bluesfest on Easter Sunday, The Koi Kids have entered the Bluesfest busking competition at the Beach Hotel for the chance to get another spot at the festival.

Check them out at www.myspace.com/thekoikids.


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