Music fans filled The Rathskeller on Sunday night for the first heat of West Norfolk’s Simply Acoustic competition, but the baton will pass to Lynn’s newest venue for round two.
Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Promotions, said: “The Rathskeller is a superb acoustic venue, with bags of character, hidden away on the Quay. It was packed to the rafters on the night and the crowd were treated to an incredibly high standard of music.”
Organised by Twisted Melon Promotions, the competition between solo, duo and trip acts is fierce as they compete to play at Lynn’s Christmas lights switch-on and to win recording time.
Triston said: “Flashback Photograph set the bar extremely high combining great folk pop originals, with a smattering popular covers. Summer Louise, Abi In The Woods and Ciaran Liam continued the high standard with professional musical performances well beyond their years.
“Progressing through to the final were The Georgia Shackleton Trio, who wowed the judges ironically performing as a duo with immaculate fiddle and guitar work, incredible songwriting and fantastic vocals.
“Joining them were youngsters, Fazed, who had the whole venue hooked with their own acoustic take on popular folk, dance and pop covers.”
Heat two promises more of the same, and boasts a diverse mix of acts from folk, classic rock, pop, country and indie, to singer-songwriters and cover artists.
Taking place at Lynn’s new ...Social bar on Broad Street, the event will run from 4pm this Sunday and entry is free.
Caught In The Act are a three-piece acoustic act who perform their own material and covers from the 60’s to now. Guitarists Joe Holland, of Genuine Fake, and Simon Benefer, of Jessie’s Ghost, join frontman Danny Wells.
Slightly Dead Horse takes frontman Big Al and guitarist Johnny B of Dead Horse and strips their talents bare. The pair perform classic rock tunes mixed with indie and blues tracks, and lashings of Dead Horse hot sauce.
Morganway was formed by twins Callum and Kieran Morgan, with singers Callum and Yve Mary B at the heart of their raw and melodic sound. The folk, rock band brings punchy guitar riffs and is completed by Matt Brocklehurst.
Chris Pidgeon is a Norwich singer-songwriter who has been performing acoustic folk/rock for 10 years. Previously playing in several bands, his own material tells of bands, work and fatherhood.
Jay Harrison is a singer-songwriter from bands including Birkenhed and Under The Influence, but is now focusing on his solo career. He has just released his debut EP White Lies and Alibi’s.
Kat and Max are a Lynn-based vocal and guitar duo who turn pop songs into fun acoustic sets. They enjoy putting a new spin on chart hits and both have performed across the UK at festivals.
The Familiar are an acoustic trio from Springwood High School who love The 1975 and Ed Sheeran, vocalist Georgie Emily Loose, guitarist Taig O’Shea and Kian Sharman on ukulele and guitar.
Triston said: “Its going to be another very difficult job for our judges.”