I recently got passed this by Alison, the organiser of the New Roots folk competition.
Please pass this message on to young musicians under the age of 25 to invite those who sing or play traditionally based music to enter for New Roots 2012. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you. There are two categories, under 18 and 18-24. This is the twelfth New Roots event and the standard rises every year.
In 2012, the competition will be judged by Vicky Swan and Johnny Dyer, Andy Stafford and Lynne Heraud.If you want to enter, please complete the entry form on the New Roots web site, email it to email@example.com and enclose a hard copy with a CD with up to 15 minutes of yourr music to Alison Macfarlane, 40 Warwick Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 4DL. The closing date is 31 January 2012.
Performers short-listed by the judges will be invited to take part in the final, on Sunday April 22 2012, at Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans. For further and more up to date information and an entry form see www.new-roots.org.uk, email Alison.Macfarlane@lineone.net or ring 01727 852111.
I took part in New Roots this year and got to the final with both There and Back Again and myself playing solo. It was a fantastic experience and as a result the trio got booked for Towersey, including a set on the main stage, which was amazing. Plus all of the gigs I’ve got since on box have been in some way dependent on New Roots. Apart from anything, it was the first time that I had played solo in a concert! If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass it on.
In other news, I have a gig coming up in my home town of St Albans. It is this Friday the 6th of January at the Maltings Arts Theatre, right in the centre of town. I’ve been to gigs there for years and it’s great to finally play there. It’s a lovely venue and I’m supporting na-mara, so please do come along. The gig starts at 8pm, I’m on first and I’ll be playing for the first half an hour. You can get more information here.