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West Norfolk band wins top spot in international songwriting competition

A West Norfolk band have been recognised for their songwriting talents after one of their tracks placed first in an international competition.

Flint Moore, who are a five-piece rock/folk band based in Downham, secured the top spot in the rock category of the International Songwriting Competition for their song 'Yellowman Blueheart', which was released on their 'Two Part Sky' EP last year.

The band comprises vocalist and guitarist Francis Pennington, of Downham; drummer Noah Elliot, of Downham; bassist Maddy Holland, of Dersingham; Ryan Reeve, of Downham, on piano/keys; and guitarist Lawrence Dennis, of Lynn.

Flint Moore (34697596)
Flint Moore (34697596)

Francis said: "The way I feel about winning the competition is nothing but pride.

"I love that we've come this far and kept together, and also glad that our new songs are being loved by fans and critics alike."

Flint Moore, founded in 2013, have previously played at Lynn's Festival Too in 2017 after winning the town's Battle of the Bands competition.

More than 18,000 artists/bands from more than 140 countries entered submissions for the International Songwriting Competition last year, and then just two per cent of these entrants were then shortlisted – including Flint Moore.

The competition's judges included popular artists such as Coldplay, Dua Lipa and The Script, alongside other industry professionals.

Lawrence said: "Waking up to the news that we had won was pretty shocking, myself and the band weren't really prepared for it and personally I felt really lucky just to be given the chance to be in the finals, let alone winning in the rock category.

Flint Moore, by SamJLance Photography. (34697568)
Flint Moore, by SamJLance Photography. (34697568)

"It's really humbling to have been chosen by both established artists and professionals within the industry who have had their influence in the melting pot that is the music industry, so it means a huge amount to be recognised by them."

Maddy added: "Winning the song competition didn't sink in until a couple hours had past and we started our weekly band video call.

"I instantly felt the humble excitement from everyone through my screen, I just needed to hug my boys and believe me, they aren't getting away without tonnes of hugs after this lockdown.

Flint Moore (34697559)
Flint Moore (34697559)

"I'm very proud of the music we create together, every song holds heavy meaning for each of us differently and you can hear it."

The song Yellowman Blueheart led the band to first prize in the International Songwriting Competition's rock category, which the band members said was chosen as their entry as it represented their style.

"Yellowman Blueheart was written at a time of considerable questioning in areas of my life. I love playing this song," Maddy said.

Lawrence added: "I chose the song Yellowman Blueheart because at the time when it was written, it represented the band's style of mixing rock and folk whilst at the same time sounding blending all of our ideas and influences that's to the point, and in my opinion much better than we've done previously."

Flint Moore's next gig is September 17 when they are set to play the Cambridge Junction J1 – which the band says will be a big show for them.

They have also got an upcoming single, Broken Pictures, which will be released on June 4.

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