Budding musician is headline act

Colac student and singer Lewis Oborne is pictured with Colac Area Health’s Emma Warton and Straight Shooters’ Shannon Bell.

COLAC district teen Lewis Oborne’s budding music career is only one month old, but he’s already a headline act.

Lewis, 15, will be the top act at this year’s first Saturdays at Shooters event, which is a partnership between Colac Area Health and Colac venue Straight Shooters.

Lewis said he was excited about this weekend’s gig, where he will play covers of songs including Coldplay’s The Scientist and Matchbox 20’s 3am, as well as his own songs.

“Hopefully it should be a bit of a turnout, it should be good fun,” he said.

“I play softer songs and easier songs, like covers and some of my own songs – a bit of everything really.”

Lewis played his first gig a month ago and he has performed at Straight Shooters every week since.

“I got the first gig through Max McKay, the DJ down there,” he said.

“They gave me the opportunity which I’m pretty grateful for.

“I’m pretty happy with how it’s all going and I hope other people enjoy it too.”

Lewis, son of Daryl and Helen Oborne, said he inherited an interest in music from his family.

“My family’s pretty big in the music department, that’s why I decided to do it,” he said.

“I’ve been playing for roughly about two or three years, so not too long, because I actually stopped playing for a year.

“I’ve only been a guitarist and found out I had a bit of a voice last year.

“Most times I feel pretty great up there, doing what I love – I’m hoping I can take it as far as I can.”

Colac Area Health youth development worker Emma Warton said this year’s Saturdays at Shooters youth events would be “bigger and better”.

“We will be having more live acts that will include solo artists, bands, DJs and dancers,” Ms Warton said.

“We will also be getting the bucking bull and looking at another Youth’s Got Talent event,” she said.

“Each event will feature a headlining act for the day, featuring young people from across the Colac Otway Shire.”

This Saturday’s event will have free pizza, pool and entertainment and starts at noon.

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