Paddy is the recipient of the 2014 Australian Youth Bluegrass Scholarship. He will receive a $1500 cash grant from the Davidson Brothers as well as a recording package from Pacific International Music. At 25 years old, the South Australian musician has established himself firmly as one of the finest mandolin players we have ever seen in Australia. He discovered Bluegrass Music through attending many folk festivals around Australia in his teens and cites Sam Bush (USA) as his biggest inspiration on the mandolin.
Paddy moved to Melbourne early in 2011 and performs regularly with Mustered Courage and hosts a weekly Bluegrass jam. A truly versatile musician, he is also proficient on guitar and bouzouki. However, since dipping his toes in the big lake of bluegrass, he has really found his wings.
Paddy intends to put his prize money toward the purchase of a resophonic guitar. After a chance opportunity to perform with Randy Kohrs on a trip to Nashville in September 2013, he became inspired to take up the instrument. The Davidson Brothers wish Paddy all the best! Stay tuned for an update on where the official presentation will take place if you would like to pop along!
The Davidson Brothers and assistant judges all agree that Pepita Emmerichs also showed great talent and vision. We would would like to give her an Honourable Mention and she will receive a special gift pack from us. Meanwhile, please check out her band, Oh Pep!
We now have www.BluegrassScholarship.com so it is easy for the young bluegrassers to remember. There will be a new independent website coming soon, fully dedicated to the scholarship and you will be able to follow the progress of all the past winners. How exciting