Six finalists chase the Simply Acoustic title

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This Sunday at 5pm, the Maid’s Head on Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place hosts the Twisted Melon Simply Acoustic Final.

A fortnight later two of the acts competing will be back on the very same Market Place as winner and runner-up of the competition, performing in front of thousands at the town’s annual Christmas lights switch-on.

The winners will also receive recording time with Capsize Audio Productions and a professional photoshoot with West Norfolk Photography.

Triston Finnis, of Twisted Melon Productions, said: “Heat 1 saw Falling From Trees, an acoustic trio from Norwich, and Simon Benefer a singer songwriter from King’s Lynn progress.

“In Heat 2 it was Norwich cult hero Pirate Joe and husband and wife-to-be singer songwriters Phoebe & Jay.

“A very strong Heat 3 gave the judges their most difficult job with Holbeach and King’s Lynn youngsters Sacred Nations and King’s Lynn folk/punk duo Breaking Sirens edging through.

“I don’t envy our judging panel who have an almost impossible job choosing winners from these six amazing finalists.

The regular judging panel consists of Rose Penfold of Festival Too, Folk Muso Paul Heath, Tristan Long of 60s Legends The Tornados, Lynn News’ Jon Seymour and silent judge Capsize Audio’s Sam Cook who also engineers sound for the event.

“Many thanks to all of these who give up their time to do their bit for the local music scene and also to photographers Kevin Elfleet and Josh Yates.

“Special mention to Kevin who takes hundreds of photographs at each heat and amazingly shares every one the next day for acts to use as they please.

“Every heat has been a brilliant showcase for our vibrant music scene with a great mix of cover artists and original music.

“There is a real shortage of live music venues in the town and The Maid’s Head have definitely put themselves back on the live music map by being exceptional hosts for these events.”

Both the winner and runner-up perform on Sunday, November 22 from 2pm on main stage at the Christmas Lights switch-on at the Tuesday Market Place.

Here Triston Long gives a run-down on the finalists:

FALLING FROM TREES

Rebecca, Leo & Adam are an acoustic trio from Norfolk. The two brothers and sister formed the band in the autumn of 2013 after a culmination of projects. They bring together a folk sensibility with jazzy and soulful vocals.

SIMON BENEFER

Simon is well known within the local scene performing with bands Jessie’s Ghost and Kingdom Keys. This extremely accomplished musician has recently started performing solo and covers artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, Ed Sheeran and James Bay.

SACRED NATIONS

Sacred Nations are a new four-piece act created from the embers of Fazed. For this competition they will be resting guitarist Dylan and performing as an acoustic trio with Cameron on guitar/lead vocal, Edward on piano and Frazer on percussion/vocal. The lads perform their own material as well as their own unique take on some popular covers.

PIRATE JOE

There’s a storm a brewin’…. And navigating it haphazardly towards a rainbow on the crest of a honey whisky wave is Falmouth’s very own ‘Pirate Joe’.

A one man band and a rarity in artistry these days, Joe is the epitome of a musical alchemist, connecting with his audience as a conductor would an orchestra, or a captain and his loyal crew. An old soul on young shoulders, blessed with the ‘spirit of the blues’ and a voice to match, Joe is a Jack Sparrow among us, a whirlwind of creative energy, and blue is one colour you certainly won’t be feeling after a personal interaction as part of his crew.

PHOEBE & JAY

Phoebe York and Jay Harrison are an acoustic duo, performing an eclectic mix of originals and classic covers. Phoebe provides the main vocal while Jay complements the act with harmonies and guitar.

BREAKING SIRENS

Breaking Sirens are Lynn gents Mark Baldwin and Tim Dennis. They are a melodic punk/acoustic band hugely influenced by the Chicago/Philly punk scene. Their influences include Alkaline Trio, Black Flag and Neck Deep. Mark and Tim are well known within the Norfolk music scene performing with a number of bands including the successful original full band incarnation of Breaking Sirens.