Emerging Talent


The Beks–Bowman Memorial Award for Emerging Talent competition sees some of the most talented secondary school aged performers in the region compete for a first prize of $500.

This award is named after the late Henry and Mary Beks and recognises their love of music and their desire to promote and encourage young talent.

Performers in the Beks-Bowman Memorial Award for Emerging Talent need to perform an Irish themed song with the competition to take place at the 2020 festival on the morning of Saturday May 2.

Mary was part of the famous Bowman music family from Southern Cross hence the Beks-Bowman name being honoured together.
The award was offered for the first time in 2013 and was won by Dominic Dwyer in what was a high quality field.

The winner in 2014 was Mortlake’s Cooper Lower.

Talented young band “Since Tuesday” was the winner in 2015.
Bronson Hill won the award in 2016 and in 2017 it was Melbourne performer Celine Robinson.
Another Melbourne singer, Zoe Parsons, was the winner in 2018.
Hamilton singer-songwriter Caetline Martin (pictured) was the 2019 winner.

The award is sponsored by Chris and Ange Beks from Ceebeks Business Solutions in Warrnambool.

To enter send your name, age, contact details and the name of your song to info@koroitirishfestival.com.au.