The King William in Terrington was the chosen venue for Heat 5 of this year’s Battle of the Bands, and it was a complete contrast to the previous heat.
Not an electric guitar or a drum kit in sight. What’s more, this week I was asked to help with the judging, writes Jon Seymour.
First up was Amy Palmer, a young lady with a very mature voice. She played a covers set, and her guitar playing is very crisp and clean. She has a good vocal range too. It’s when you find out that she’s only twelve that your jaw hits the floor. She has a huge potential to go places.
Aria’s Echo were next to take the stage. They’re a duo, and also another young act that performs well above their age.
They both have strong voices, but when they harmonise they’re perfectly in synch and their chemistry is evident throughout the performance.
Hand Drawn By Crayons took the third slot on the bill, a singer/songwriter with a very big voice. His set of largely original material was well received. His songs have a lot of substance and his vocals have a real richness to them along with some grit and gravel. His crowd interaction was spot on and he injected some real humour into the set.
Last up were Brain dead Sally and the Careless, a pair of siblings that also played a covers set. Once again, both were individually strong, and their harmonies were bang on.
It was a lot of fun to watch and listen to and they looked to be having the time of their lives.
After the judging had taken place, Aria’s Echo took the honours of heat winners, but it was again a very close heat that could have gone any way.