Singer Songwriter Competition Final

Mon 2 June 2014
8.30 - 10.00pm
270 Holloway Road
N7 6NE

Free - no need to book.

The final of the Singer Songwriter competition 2014 was held in front of a panel of industry professionals. Our judges included Tanya Cracknell, Frank Hutson, Sadie Jemmett, Semothy Jones and Ellis Rich, Berni Simons. Click here to read judges biogs.

The Finalists - all with an Islington connection!

Ania Hardy

Born in London to an Anglo-Polish family, Ania discovered her voice whilst studying for her Ceramics MA in Cardiff. Since then, she has performed at a range of events such as ‘The Clockwork Archipelago’ in Brighton with jazz pianist Pete Thomas. She was a member of London’s largest world music choir, Songlines, performing at the Union Chapel. She is also the lead vocalist for the successful London based jazz band, Thomas & Hardy. Her eclectic taste in music, from Blues and Folk to Gospel and Soul, and contemporary Pop, bring different shades to her soulful stories, producing a sound that is experimental as well as moving. She is a born communicator with an innate desire to use her voice to share her stories. Ania studied Vocals at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) and is currently writing and recording songs for her debut EP.

David Dirickx

David Dirickx is an emerging singer songwriter inspired by the migration of traditional English folk music to the Americas, and the much later return journey across the Atlantic which inspired modern rock and pop music. Having trained in prose fiction and poetry, Dirickx has been working with the written and spoken word for over ten years. Dirickx’s songs combine richly poetic lyrics with troubadour storytelling, touring across continents, through scenes of love, anguish, loneliness, battle and triumph.

Esther La Montagne

Esther is a singer/songwriter, musician  and artist. Esther goes by the name KIN KER aka My KIN KER Tribe. Esther started playing the guitar when she was 16 and attended The  Brit School, where she majored in Music. Esther left The Brit school early in order to pursue music on her own where she performed at festivals and open mics. In 2011 she graduated from City & Guild of London Art School in Fine Art Painting and Art History and has gone on to have a few shows. Although Esther now embarks on a musical career rather than a fine art one, her skills and love of performance art cross over into her music and she is forever delving into new and challenging ways to do things differently and feed her music, writing and performance. In regards to the future and where Esther would like to go, she is  working on recording and releasing her first EP, KIN KERS’s rough bedroom recordings, aptly titled, ‘SPRING DEMO: TESTING TESTING’.

Garry Caprani

Garry Caprani is an 18 year old British/Spanish singer songwriter based in London. He has recently supported Shannon Saunders at her first headline show in The Garage, Islington, and is currently in the Area Final of the nationwide singing competition TeenStar, one show from performing at the O2. He has been working to consolidate a YouTube following, as well as a Twitter fanbase, which has led him to being scouted for this year’s X Factor 2014.

3 Bucket Jones

Gitika is a singer, songwriter, harmoniser, choral arranger, trainer, as well as performing in a band. The three of them met in September 2013 at a songwriting retreat and it was ‘love at first song’. They are just putting the finishing touches to their first album. She also runs acapella harmony singing workshops and singing festivals for adults, students and families all over the country and Ireland. Lately she has run weekend residentials for the Bolton Youth Choir and Kent Youth Singers. Gitika also ran vocal workshops for the Gravel Theatre company’s production of NIMBY and for the amazing ‘Two Worlds of Charlie F’ organised by Masterclass at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Although Gitika also arranges lots of songs mostly for Acapella SATB and has quite a back catalogue, the first two books have been published by  SING POP A CAPELLA, and she is in the process of editing the new Voiceworks edition ”Voiceworks Community” for Oxford University Press. Many of the songs are sung by choirs are on youtube on her page.

Gon von Zola aka. The Budda Cakes

Gon von Zola came to London with just 5 pounds, a guitar and a backpack. He met some people who let him stay in their Squat, got a job in a record shop, got given a camera by MTV to make a pilot about his life, knocked on the doors of many record labels and got a manager (Martin Clarke, who had started the first record label in Australia) who then died of a heart attack.

In 2013 The Budda Cakes won the EXPLOSIVE UNSIGNED AWARD (Sky TV). His co-songwriter is Sue Denim (Mighty Boosh/Robots in Disguise). Gon co-Wrote her solo single “Bicycle” which has received 14,000 Youtube Hits so far.  The Budda Cakes played with Kate Nash, Lykke Li, Metronomy just to name a few.

Jake, Jess and the Burn

Jake, Jess and the Burn are made up of Jake and Jess, both born and raised in California.  Jake moved here about 5 years ago, Jess followed a year after. Both have always played music coming from a musical background, raised listening to bluegrass/rock/classical… Jess has been writing songs for about 6-7 years, but only recently has she started going out to perform, with Jake putting piano to many of them… they have 7-8 original songs and are in the process of getting them recorded.



Joy Doherty

Joy Doherty is a 22 year old singer/songwriter and pianist from London who studied a degree in music, and graduated in July 2013. During her time studying for her degree in Liverpool Joy was involved in a variety of projects ranging from being in the pit band for a musical, a piano accompanist, and a country rock band. Since then, she has moved back to north London and is performing extensively as a solo artist, hoping to gain recognition from the music industry.

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