Tassie Devil wins hearts with song

TASSIE devil Claire Anne Taylor made her professional debut today at Bluesfest.

The 22-year-old won a slot on the APRA stage after winning the 10th annual Bluesfest Busking Competition on Friday at the Beach Hotel.

The gravel-voiced red head sang an all-original half-hour set, showing off her already polished songwriting skills.

Many of Taylor's revolve around her home state.

In I'm Going Home, a song written at the end of a year studying abroad, she sings about "heading back down to the cold to warm my soul".

Taylor joked about "escaping from the forest" in Tasmania to come up to Byron for Bluesfest.

"I've run away from home and come here and won the busking comp so thanks for having me," she said.

"I'm from Tassie so I'm a bit of a Tassie devil."

She even brought out a friend to sing a duet they'd written this morning called Old Love.

"This is about a couple who've been together for 40 years," she said.

"I'm in love with their love."

By the end of the set it was clear the audience had fallen in love with her

"Tassie Devil" Claire Anne Taylor performs at the Byron Bay Bluesfest busking competition.