Simply Acoustic returns with talented line-up for first heat in King’s Lynn

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Solo and duo talents across West Norfolk will have the chance to compete for the chance to perform at Lynn’s Christmas Lights Switch-On and win recording time as Simply Acoustic returns.

The competition, which started last year and runs alongside Battle of the Bands, is run by Twisted Melon Promotions and looks to find the greatest individual acts from across the area.

Triston Finnish, of Twisted Melon Promotions, said: “Seven acts will perform over the next three weeks in a series of three heats, with two acts from each heat progressing to our six-act final.

“The winner and runner-up will perform at Lynn’s Christmas Light Switch-On, and the winner will also win recording time with Capsize Audio Productions and a photo shoot with West Norfolk Photography.”

This Sunday, heat one kicks off with a excellent range of local talent all set to perform at The Rathskeller, on Lynn’s South Quay, from 4pm. Triston said: “We are using The Rathskeller for the first heat as it has the perfect feel for an acoustic afternoon of music.

The Georgia Shackleton Trio is a three-piece fronted by Georgia, who is joined by Aaren Bennett and Nic Zuppardi. All three are members of Battle of the Bands winners, Addisions Uncle. Expect violins, mandolins, acoustic guitars and plenty of stampy folk.

Peterborough-based Flashback Photograph are an upbeat foot-tapping folk rock trio made up of Gary Ward, Matt Worthington and Danny Morgan. The band has evolved from the full band that appeared in the Battle Of The Bands Final two years ago.

Abi In The Woods is the stage name Abi Barwood, 15, from Lynn, goes by when combining originals and covers on the ukelele and guitar in her indie/rock/pop/punk set. She has already performed at venues including The Fenman and Norwich’s Brickmakers.

Summer Louise is a 16-year-old trained vocalist from Terrington, who also sings in local rock cover band Summerfall. She sings everything from jazz to rock, and her vocal influences are Amy Winehouse and Alanis Morisette.

Amalia Ford is a 20-year-old singer who was taught guitar by her dad when she was 11. The first song she learnt was House Of The Rising Sun, and she has inherited some of her dad’s taste in music, as well as her own love of acoustic folk.

Ciaran Liam is a acoustic singer/songwriter hailing from Lynn. He plays progressive, nu-folk combining covers and original material, and his influences include the likes of Keaton Henson, Ben Howard, Johnny Cash and Bon Iver.

Fazed are a young acoustic rock/pop trio from Holbeach – brothers Cameron and John are joined by Jordan on piano. The lads play their own versions of popular covers from bands including Coldplay, Paulo Nutini and Daft Punk.

Triston said: “Last year’s winners were an all-male duo, The Aaren and Joe Show, so its nice to have a heat heavy on female vocalists to give the boys a real run for their money.”

The event is free entry and all ages are welcome.