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From Left: Josh Green (17 yrs), Amber Scates (14 yrs), Conor Lawson (16 yrs) are some of the band members of Raksha, they recently won the 16-18 years category of The Quest song writing competition
From Left: Josh Green (17 yrs), Amber Scates (14 yrs), Conor Lawson (16 yrs) are some of the band members of Raksha, they recently won the 16-18 years category of The Quest song writing competition

Named after Mother Wolf, not to be confused with Wolfmother, from The Jungle Book, Raksha is made up of Amber Scates (14) and Conor Lawson (16), of Joondalup, Josh Green (17), of Edgewater, Scott Anderson (17), of Subiaco, and Brennan Smith (16), of Huntingdale.

This Sunday, the youngsters will take their ‘indie folk harmonies’ to Fairbridge Festival for only their second performance ever, taking to the Youthopia stage from 2.30pm with fellow The Quest winner Eloise Coomber, who won the 12 to 15 years division and Cameron Hurst who received an exceptional merit award.

‘It will be great for people to see us and performing rather than just practising,’ an excited but nervous Amber said.

‘We want to get our music out there and be recognised. We want people to know we’re not just kids playing music,’ Conor added.

As well as the prize of performing at Fairbridge Festival for winning The Quest, Raksha also received automatic entry into the WA Music Song of the Year competition and the opportunity to perform at WAM Festival 2014.

‘It’s really exciting, especially because we’ve been working so hard,’ Amber said.

‘It’s overwhelming but it’s a pretty good feeling,’ Josh added.

Amber, Conor and Josh started Raksha after discussing at their circus group what instruments they played and deciding to get together for a jam after class. Scott and Brennan joined soon after.

Check out Raksha at www.facebook.com/rakshaband.