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Winning Words and Music for Local Student

28 Aug 2007

Richmond student Julian Dunne was dabbling in songwriting, both words and music, in his early teens when he first started strumming a guitar.

Playing music was his passion, and performing his own songs was more interesting and rewarding than simply emulating other songsters.

In the last few years, Julian, 22, has been doing the circuit of the pubs and clubs in Melbourne with his creative endeavours only played out before about 50 people.

Now, Julian has just won a song writing competition at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) where he is a second-year student in the Advanced Diploma of Music Business Management. He will perform his winning words and music before about 350 people at the NMIT Performing Arts Showcase Concert on Wednesday 12 September at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre in Preston.

The winning song, 'Someone Else's Rum' is just over three minutes and was created by Julian in just a few minutes and then refined over about three months.

The musical style of the song is a mix of folk, blues and rock, and is a story told through visual images full of endless metaphors about life.

'It's very exciting to perform at the Concert and to have so many people hear my music,' Julian said.

'It's more people than I've ever sung before and it will be a good experience for me.'

Julian said as a teenager, he was influenced by musicians such as Bob Dylan, Glen Richards of Augie March and Tom Waitz, but he has tried to create his own unique style that has evolved over the years.

Julian beat 19 other songsters at NMIT, and his entry was selected as the winner from six finalists who were judged by music industry representatives outside NMIT.

'I was really surprised to win the competition as I thought everyone had good songs, but it's a nice feeling to know that I'm on the right track.'

Julian is in eminent company at the Concert as Australian music icon Russell Morris will also perform for about 20 minutes.

The two-hour Concert features over 100 music students from NMIT who will perform Australian contemporary music as well as world music with the NMIT Balinese Gamelan Ensemble and NMIT student choir.

Tickets are $15 and for bookings contact 8470-8232.


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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.