Competition heats up at Simply Acoustic hits two West Norfolk venues

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Heat two proved a challenge for the judges, but Simply Acoustic is back for round three with a host of top talent lined up to play a Terrington pub this Sunday.

Last Sunday saw a huge range of acts competing at ...Social, in Lynn, for a place in the final and a chance to perform at Lynn’s Christmas lights switch-on.

Competition organiser, Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions, said: “This heat was always going to be difficult for the judges with with the massively diverse styles of music. However I think we all underestimated how high the standard would be.

“Slightly Dead Horse kicked off with a superb upbeat set with frontman Al Wiggy Williams literally performing in the crowd. His brilliant cover of Tenacious D’s Tribute had us in stitches, but in the best possible way.”

He added: “Kat and Max performed an outstanding set of upbeat covers, while Caught In The Act brought fantastic vocal harmonies and some of the best guitar playing this town will see. Chris Pidgeon changed it up again with his quirky storytelling acoustic tunes.”

The bar had been raised, but what happened next changed everything.

Triston said: “I’ve seen Jay Harrison mature as a musician over the years, but he put in a near-perfect performance, combining emotionally charged vocals with his immaculate guitar playing.

“Halfway through Morganway’s first song you could hear a pin drop in the audience, they were completely captivated. I’ve watched live local music for a long time and that is one of the best performances I’ve seen. Yve Mary B’s vocal was simply incredible.”

Jay Harrison and Morganway progressed to the final, but it could have easily been all six acts.

This Saturday will see the competition move to a new venue at The King William pub in Terrington, from 7pm. The final heat will see another wide selection of local talent, with two acts performing at their home venue.

Sally Ann Pottle is a singer-songwriter from Terrington St Clement, who performs her own material as well as covering contemporary songs in her own unique style.

Will B is a musician from Terrington, who learned to play guitar aged seven, and now plays bass guitar, piano and drums. He wrote his first song at 14, which won first prize in a regional songwriting competition.

Simon Wallace is a singer-songwriter from Lynn, and at 56, he’s the oldest in the competition and will be looking to teach the youths a thing or two.

Lewis Murphy has seen his music career grow rapidly in 12 months with his debut EP Run and Hide making it into the singer-songwriter charts, and his new EP Little Being peaking at 14 in the iTunes singer-songwriter charts.

Soham De is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Lynn, whose biggest musical influences are Ben Howard, Ed Sheeran, Bon Iver and Jason Mraz.

Falling From Trees are an acoustic trio made up of two brothers, Leo and Adam, and their sister, Rebecca. They bring together a folk sensibility with jazzy and soulful vocals.

Triston said: There’s not long to wait for the final as it’s this Sunday at the completely refurbished Woolpack on Tennyson Avenue, in Lynn. It’s a 4pm start, is free entry and all ages are welcome.”

Performances will come from finalists including the Georgia Shackleton Trio, Fazed, Morganway, Jay Harrison and two finalists from Heat Three.”