Sunday the 14th of June, I headed down to Ballarat to catch a set by Ziggy Alberts. I was far from disappointed.

Heading along to The Design Exchange Market to catch his set, I was able to record the above footage of “Gone (The Pocahontas Song)”. While the audio quality may not do his performance justice, I hope it gives you an insight into the talent of the Central Coast’s home-schooled musician.

Ziggy’s just turned 21, but he’s already toured Australia and beyond to share his folk sound with anyone who’ll give him the time of day. He’s a humble guy who seems to want one thing, for everyone to be happy. As I recorded his performance, the audience emitted a combined sense of awe. It’s one thing to have released an album as touching as Land and Sea, but to have that same, if not greater effect when performing live is a mark of true achievement.

Having taught himself guitar in 2011, he’s already made an impact on some pretty big name acts supporting acts such as Ash Grunwald, Benjalu, San Cisco, Daniel Champagne, Dustin Thomas & Mat Mchugh. It’s obvious that Ziggy has self-motivation and commitment in spades – once he starts something he puts his all into it. How else can you explain someone going from learning guitar from scratch, to releasing an album on iTunes in the space of four years?

Ziggy’s about to return from spending time in Europe and if you’re in Cooloongatta, you’ll be able to catch him on the 16th of July.

His album, Land and Sea, is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

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