Freo s hidden musical treasures
Abbe May is pictured with the Dianas. Picture: Michael Wilson/The West Australian.

Fremantle's hidden musical treasures have been coming out to play at the port city's heritage-listed Film and Television Institute this month, with the final two gigs held this Thursday and Friday.

The City of Fremantle's Hidden Treasures music festival, now in its second year, brings together new and established acts for intimate performances in the heart of Fremantle.

Young performers have been mentored by established musicians including Abbe May, Mat Chetham and Richard Lane to highlight Freo's musical wealth.

May, who is finishing her latest album and mentored young all-girl band the Dianas, said her charges were incredibly talented and would no doubt go on to have successful careers.

"It cuts both ways; even experienced musicians are always up for learning things and I think the Dianas will have a few things to teach me," she said.

"Freo has always been such a hotspot for culture and music and festivals like Hidden Treasures are wonderful to bring attention to how potent and world class the cultural community is here."

City of Fremantle festivals officer Bruna Chiovitti said the city strived to inspire and support young bands, with up-and-comers San Cisco playing the first Hidden Treasures festival last year.

"We just want to remind people that Freo has always produced great musicians, continues to produce them and is nurturing of young talent," she said.

"Often artists who don't have big names are left out of festivals but this for us is all about performance and musical discovery."

Artists both old and new will play at FTI on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 July, with Clancy's Fish Pub hosting acoustic sessions before each performance.

The West Australian

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