After around 150 songs I’m at the end of my first phase of judging for the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Contest. As I entered the final segment of entries two acts stood out above the crowd. My task now is to find three acts from these two, these four as well as these three acts to present to the longlist judging panel. Just a reminder that the longlist panel will be putting through their favourite eight to the live final battle of the bands in Pilton, near the festival site, in April. The top prize is a slot on one of the festival’s main stages.
Dan Cohen bills himself as a cross between Bob Dylan, Ray Davies and Madness and has a love of The Rolling Stones. Strangely he doesn’t mention Billy Bragg though, his closest comparison. He’s certainly got enough about him to raise his entry above the fold; a swagger perhaps, or a sense of belonging and being grounded in his music and environment, as he proudly sings in his south London accent. Great guitar playing as well.
Ukes of Hazard
I’ve seen some ukuleles in my time but never one that can do a heavy metal solo. In fact these Ukes of Hazard haven’t stopped at mere fret onanism, they have a whole rock guitar and bass section made from souped up ukes. A novelty for sure, but one that rocks the hell out of a lovely little instrument.
by Joe Lepper