Young busker to play at Morisset festival

GUITAR PRODIGY: Dylan Butler, 11, of Cooranbong will headline the entertainment at the Morisset Community Festival this Sunday. Picture: David Stewart
GUITAR PRODIGY: Dylan Butler, 11, of Cooranbong will headline the entertainment at the Morisset Community Festival this Sunday. Picture: David Stewart

YOUNG busker Dylan Butler, banned from pavement entertaining in Morisset because Lake Macquarie City Council isn't able to give him a busker's licence, has found a venue where his talent will be both welcomed and appreciated.

The 11-year-old Cooranbong schoolboy who endeared himself to music lovers at the Byron Bay Bluesfest - at the same time earning $500 in his first busking gig - is lined up to perform at the Morisset Community Festival this Sunday, May 20.

Organiser Bob Starling said Dylan, who is tutored on the electric guitar by former Rose Tattoo guitarist Dai Pritchard and Warren Adams (Epic Guitars) at Morisset, will join a line-up of singers, dancers, Kids Gym, and others to entertain visitors to the festival.

"He's a star in the making so we're really thrilled to have him," Mr Starling said.

The day promises to be an outstanding festival of fun for the entire family.

"One of the big attractions on the day is a 'What's it Worth' segment, a sort of Antique Road Show where the public can bring in items to have them assessed and valued.

"We have experts in old books and magazines, jewellery, bric a brac, and stamps," he said.

It will be operating in the pavilion from 9.30 to 12.30.

Also new this year will be a display of classic cars and some new rides including the Bungy Run.

"You run down a track with a bungy rope attached to a harness on your back and you aim to touch a target before being dragged back by the elastic rope. Good fun," Mr Starling said.

The festival runs from 9am to 3 pm and is a low-cost family outing largely funded by local institutions and business owners.