Songwriting success

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A Queestown band’s reflections on getting ready to say goodbye to high school earned it a finalist spot in a prestigious national songwriting competition.

Wakatipu High School trio Cheery Moon’s song Terracotta Tiled World was named a finalist in the Play It Strange Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition for 2018.

The competition was ultimately won by New Plymouth’s Laura Griffiths.

The Queenstown band, comprising Hannah Combe, Zak Komene, and Becky Reid, is no stranger to success, being the only Otago act to make the top 30 in the national Smoke-freerockquest comp last year.

Becky says being named a finalist was “really exciting”, because she loves Split Enz, and Split Enz bassist Mike Chunn judged the comp.

The successful song is about “reflecting on how we’ve grown”, and the fact the trio are in their final year of school, Becky explains.

“It’s kind of about the times and places where we are.”

She describes their sound as indie-folk – “a lot of our songs are different”.

While the teen trio are going their separate ways next year, they’re hoping to meet up and sing together when they can.

Wakatipu High School students also had success at the recent Blenheim Jazz Festival, including Gold Grading in the competition’s Jazz Combo section, three members of the ‘all stars’ band selected from the top 17 students, and individual Best Bass Player and Adjudicators’ Choice Awards.