Gallery: Almost Famous Song Competition Winner Revealed
THE third Almost Famous Song Competition was won by singer-songwriter, Katrina Polfrey from Offord D Arcy for her song What Gives You the Right. The winner was announced at The Almost Famous Song Competition Gig at the Level 2 night club in Huntingdon on
THE third Almost Famous Song Competition was won by singer-songwriter, Katrina Polfrey from Offord D'Arcy for her song What Gives You the Right.
The winner was announced at The Almost Famous Song Competition Gig at the Level 2 night club in Huntingdon on Sunday night.
Judge Chris Boland said: "This was without doubt the closest song competition in its short history. It was difficult to choose between a quite diverse shortlist of four. Uncle Acid and The Deadbeat's song The Eyes of Mirrors was vibrant and engaging, Satellite To Nowhere's Love Love Love was catchy, poppy, but with great melancholy and Oakwood Juniors' Grounds You Walk was subtle and sad.
"However, the track by Katrina Polfrey captured all of those feelings in one song. It's got a fantastic melody, passionate lyrics and everything about it stays in your head after just the first listen."
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Katrina said yesterday: "It's still sinking in. I honestly didn't think I would win. I heard my name and then I thought oh that's me! I really can't put it into words but I am very very happy and very excited."
As part of her prize, Katrina, 22, will appear on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's The Audio Files, presented by Jeremy Sallis.. She has won a day's professional recording and mixing at Half-Ton Studios in Milton near Cambridge (see www.haltonstudios.co.uk) and photographs taken by award-winning Hunts Post photographer Helen Drake. Katrina is a witness support officer for the Crown Prosecution Service.
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The contest gig which also featured The David Whateley Band, was only the second performance for acoustic band Oakwood Juniors, whose previous performance was a charity gig at Dragon Hall in Norwich. The trio, who met at Cambridge Regional College, are Luke Brown, 22, a carpenter from St Ives who plays the cajon drum and guitarists, Alex Starreveld, 19 from Wyton, who studied music, and Jack Scotney, 19, from Broughton (also the group's singer) who studied photography.
Satellite to Nowhere have been established for two years. They are two guitarists from Grafham, Max Bayliss, 19, studying music at Cambridge Regional College and Jake Day, 16, a sixth former at Hinchingbrooke School, drummer, Ben Stewart, 18, also from Grafham, studying music tech at Cambridge Regional College, bassist, Chris Petch, 19 from Keyston, and singer and Chris Newman, 19 from Brampton, who works in the finance department at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
Uncle Acid prefer to use their first names only and remain mysterious, even to each other. Jack from Huntingdon plays the guitar, the organ and sings. The other two are girl students, Kat on bass and Red on drums.
Jack said: "When we formed in August, we agreed we'd call each other by those names only. The idea was like an experiment, to have a band of strangers that operated like a weird 60s cult. No one really knows anything about each other so there's a strange, nervous dynamic every time we play.
We rehearse on a farm, it's cheaper than normal rehearsal rooms. We also record all our stuff in there.
"We've only played one gig which was invite only....it was at the barn. It was terrible...it made us realize that we probably need more band members."
The Hunts Post wishes to thank Level 2 and JPS Sound and Light from St Ives.
INFORMATION: Katrina Polfrey gigs: Sunday, December 20, Alconbury Weston Green, a charity event from 5pm. Christmas Eve, The White Hart, Alconbury from 9pm. New Year's Eve, The Lion Hotel, Buckden.
Satellite to Nowhere gigs: December 20, Man on the Moon, Cambridge. January 14, the Solstice, Peterborough. January 15, headlining at The Junction, Cambridge.
The Almost Famous Song Competition CD
IT'S free and will be available from the offices of The Hunts Post from Thursday, December 17.
The 22 tracks include: What Gives You the Right Katrina Polfrey, Day 3 David Whateley, Love Love Love Satellite to Nowhere, The Eyes of Mirrors Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats, Get to You James Silverside, Little by Little Cry, Grounds You Walk Oakwood Juniors, Crazy Charlie Hiett, Simple Math Nicholas Stevenson, Take Me Away, Sterling, Remote Control Access Rights Comfy Slippers, Sit back, Relax and Enjoy Nebraska Kieran Lawrence, High Tops We Have Super Powers, Welsh Song Hot Damn, Chasing Shadows, The Mighty Salabanzi, Eight Stops Down the Line, Perry Thomas, D9, Praxis IV, Habitual Ritual, The Simpletone, Solid Ground, Pete Collins, Hot Love Breath, Midlife Crisis, Shelbie, Raising Arizona, Titanic, Only Alun.