Gold Dust Sings
a competition for singer/songwriters
The finals of our competition for singer/songwriters took place on Friday 15th November at The Horse (and Stables) Public House. Our six finalists performed live, and our three judges decided on the winner and awarded the £100 cash first prize and a surprise runner-up prize. The finalists were selected from 35 entrants and the standard was absolutely outstanding.
The overall winner was Alistair Warren. Congratulations Alistair!
Lily Brooke has been writing and performing her own songs since she was 12 years old, and collecting music 'grades' with Distinction in Singing and Piano as if they were given free with breakfast cereal. She is now 16 and attending music school full time. Lily was the winner of Peterlee Xtra Factor and regional finalist in Open Mic UK. She has had her work featured on Tyneside Local Radio and has performed at Sunderland Fringe Festival and many local venues, as well as providing the live music at Gold Dust Speaks, our competition for playwrights last year.
Here is Lily's YouTube channel
Rick Hayter has been a star performer on the London folk circuit for many years. His virtuoso guitar technique has been compared to that of John Fahey, and his beautifully constructed and highly personal, almost confessional songs have earned him a devoted following among lovers of contemporary folk music and the respect and admiration of fellow songwriters and musicians. Rick's second CD, 'Reunion', will be on sale at the event.
Here's Rick performing one of his original songs, Murder Ballad
Lionel McCalman is an academic at The University of East London and the leader of the Nostalgia Steel Band, which has featured in The Notting Hill Carnival for many years, played at the opening of the Olympics last year, and recently returned from a tour of China. Here he is performing with some young musicians from a London Church Youth Group
You can now view all clips from the event at our YouTube channel:
Gold Dust YouTube channel
Gold Dust sales and downloads page
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