Future star to showcase musical skills

Stephen O’HernTALENTED guitarist Stephen O’Hern will take to the Sydney stage alongside nine other young musicians in a concert to mark their graduation from the Talent Development Project (TDP).
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A former Armidale High School student, Mr O’Hern joined the TDP last year on the strength of his stellar performance at the 2010 Schools Spectacular.

Created by Schools Spectacular stalwart Mary Lopez AM, the Talent Development Project prepares public school students for careers in the music industry, with graduates including Human Nature, Angus & Julia Stone and The McClymonts.

Mr O’Hern, who began playing at the age of five, studied under both Stephen Tafra and Steven Thornycroft for 14 years, and praised them for setting him on this path.

Originally a classical guitarist, the 21-year-old now plays a wide variety of music styles including Traditional Irish, Scottish Celtic, folk, bluegrass, classical and new age.

The young bard said music is difficult to get into but he is making inroads.

“It’s a really difficult area to crack but luckily I’ve made a few friends with really good contacts and who are really supportive,” he said.

Mr O’Hern feels confident that his future lies in music and in Sydney.

After the concert it will be business as usual for the up and comer.

“Basically just keep working, keep gigging, keep playing… that’s the goal, to keep doing what I’m doing”.

The Talent Development Project Graduation Concert, hosted by John Foreman, will be held at Sydney’s Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 6.

– Lucas Forbes

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