2017 LEGEND: Sara Storer will headline the Legend and the Locals tour.
2017 LEGEND: Sara Storer will headline the Legend and the Locals tour. Contributed

Monto, here are your legendary performers

AS ONE of 12 Queensland towns hosting the Legend and the Locals event, Monto will be putting its best home-grown talent on display.

Country music sensation Sara Storer will headline the event, collaborating and rehearsing with local performers as part of the show.

In Monto, Sara will be performing alongside the Monto State High School Rock Band, Blake Benecke, Grace Ellerton, Teely Wolff and Melissa Hill, who will be singing a duet with her.

Melissa Hill, who works in town as a hairdresser is a fixture of Monto's music scene, established among the community for singing at numerous events.

"I was shocked they asked me to do it, actually very flattered,” Mrs Hill said.

Mrs Hill has actually met Sara Storer on one of her previous visits to the town a while ago.

"I did her hair for her the last time she was in town performing, we got to chatting and got on very well,” she said.

"She's very soulful, the town's lucky to have someone like her coming.

"She's going to get a shock when she realises she's performing a duet with me.”

For her duet, Mrs Hill plans to sing Raining on the Plains, which Sara previously sung with John Williamson.

Blake Benecke is a young artist already making a name for himself in the community, performing at pubs, shows and functions.

For Mr Benecke, everything is coming at once, as he'll be opening for Adam Harvey at the VDM Fest in Biloela this weekend.

"In terms of being there and then performing with someone famous like Sara Storer, it's really good raising your profile,” Mr Benecke said.

"I picked up the guitar at about 11 years old, I'm 23 now, got really into it when I turned 16 and got more focused on it.”

Mr Benecke will be performing one of his own original songs, followed by a cover song to get the crowd moving.

At the end of the year, he hopes to start work on recording his first EP.

Monto State High School will also be providing musical talent, in the form of its recently established school rock band, and two exceptional young singers, Grace Ellerton and Teely Wolff.

Grace is a self taught 13-year-old from Kalpowar who has been singing from a young age.

She comes from a loving and supportive family of six, who have been her audience most of her life.

She is currently learning a variety of instruments including piano, flute and guitar.

Grace has recently started performing at local events such as the local show, Monto's Ridgehaven and at her local church.

Teely is a Monto local with a passion for music who developed that passion singing and playing piano for her family and friends.

An active member of the high school rock band, she recently performed at this year's Monto Show.

Teely will be singing two songs at the event; Sweet Home Alabama with the band and Summer of 69 solo.

The Monto Instrumental Community Ensemble (MICE) will also be playing two songs accompanying Storer: Buffalo Bill and Come On Rain.

Mr Benecke said it would be good to see what the up and coming talent from the community had to offer.

Co-ordinator Kate Schlick said Legend and the Locals was about supporting local talent, providing a space for people to dream, and the support in the moment that they step onto the stage.

The performance in Monto will take place at the Community Hall, Newton St, on Saturday October 14 from 7pm.

Tickets can be purchased from Monto Stitch-n-Stash.


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