The 2019 Final of the Glastonbury FM Songwriting Final for the Ben Kench Trophy
After a brilliant competition and 59 entries we have whittled the final down to 6 entries. This gig will be live broadcast on GFM and each act will play for 15 minutes.
A Hundred Trips- Shoun Shoun
Shoun Shoun’s expansive sound blends dream pop and garage rock with the urban ennui of Dietrich and the Velvets. The band's urgent grooves are laced with conspiratorial vocals and lysergic flurries of violin and synth.
After years of battling ferocious noise, Annette Berlin (Big Joan, Male, The Final Age) felt an uncontrollable urge to connect in a more intimate way. She called time on existing projects and wrote prolifically: songs of alienation, redemption and the emptiness at the end of the party.
Bringing the songs to dramatic life are musicians whose collective CV includes Bristol greats like The Moonflowers, Mooz, Patrick Duff and Chikinki.
Confessions Of A Plastic Addict- Mr Keep Calm
From the South West UK, an observer of life through unique eyes.
Centered around the songs of front man Gary, working in partnership with long time collaborator James, the act have seen many changes and iterations but always retain that core of accessible art.
There is a willingness to connect without compromise, to adapt any influence in the pursuit of sonic adventures.
Half Shame and Half Glory- Sharon Lazibyrd
Sharon Lazibyrd is a talented, original and award winning folk singer- songwriter who writes striking, ethereal and melodic songs. Her songs are influenced by musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk. She has performed across the UK and in Ireland including Glastonbury Festival. She has recorded a session for Bob Harris, been included in the FATEA showcase sessions and invited to take part in a BBC Introducing folk residential. Her music has been played by BBC Radio 6 Music on Tom Robinsons show and on the BBC Introducing Mixtape, numerous BBC shows as well as on over 50 folk and indie shows worldwide. Two of the songs from her debut solo album Half Shame and Half Glory have been voted Fresh Faves by Tom Robinson and his team. She was BBC Introducing Artist of the Week in Jan 2018 on BBC Georgey Tonight and BBC Introducing in the West’s main event in September 2018.
I'll Be There- BE Cooling
“b.e_cooling” (aka Brian) is a singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada. He has performed in front of audiences in Canada, Germany and the UK since the age of 15.
From early days as a busker in London and Bristol, b.e_cooling has been requested to play at pubs, restaurants, parties and festivals (most notably, Glastonbury Festival) and he plays regularly at open mics. He was awarded Best Guitarist prize in the Mid-Somerset Battle of the Bands 2009 and the band, b.e_cooling (with Woody Woodward and Andy Stuart) were in the finals the following year having won their local heat. His music has appeared on digital and online radio.
His distinctive Canadian wit, honed during a life which stretches from coffin-maker to school teacher, provides a singular foundation for an evening of strong melodies and evocative lyrics which have an edge that is not easily forgotten....
Sober Son - Flew Like A Cuckoo
Indie two piece comprising of drums, guitar and vox! "Sober Son craft incredibly infectious songs that are very well thought out"
LOSING IT - Al O'Kane
Al O'Kane is a West Country troubadour who folds Jimi Hendrix into the sound of Celtic resistance rock n' roll. Part Waterboys, part Velvet Underground, Al's music is a cry for action nestled into a fiery acoustic blend.
Having just been crowned winner of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Open Mic competition, 2019 is swiftly becoming a momentous year. Al recently finished a successful independent European solo tour where he performed 12 gigs over 10 days in 3 different countries. There is also a NEW selection of songs to be released throughout this autumn / winter so be sure to follow him on social media and your music streaming provider!