Monday, 18th May 2015
The search is on again for young, aspiring Rhythm and Blues musicians to perform at this year’s Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival as part of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned initiative.
Its aim is to provide high profile performance opportunities for young musicians – and in particular to select outstanding young Blues acts to perform at Colne’s annual Great British R&B Festival in August.
There has been some outstanding talent over the last few years. In 2012 the Tom Killner Band was chosen as one of the Jessica Foxley Unsigned acts and following a fantastic performance and some great reviews at the Festival, Tom and his band have now been signed to a label.
Last year the Laurence Murray Project went down a storm and got some great TV coverage in their home town of Edinburgh following the event.
Some of the previous artistes have used the Festival as a springboard to propel themselves into the music world and some have been invited back to perform as part of the Festival in their own right. These include The Midnight Ramble, The Blind Dead McJones Band, TC and The Moneymakers, Baxter Rhodes, Bright Shapes and Mog Stanley.
Now Festival organisers are searching for more unsigned, up-and-coming talent to follow in their footsteps. A handful will be chosen to perform on various stages alongside the main acts at this year’s Festival. Last year a total of eight were selected to play.
Interested musicians can apply online by completing a simple form and submitting a sound recording and video clip. The form is available online at www.jessicafoxley.com. The deadline for applications is June 8th. A shortlist will then be invited to audition.
Live auditions will take place in front of a panel of judges at The ACE Centre in Nelson, on June 21st and 22nd.