Enter competition to support Sandi Thom at her Galashiels gig

Ian Georgeson''Sandi Thom performs songs from her new album "The Pink and the Lily" at HMV Princes Street in Edinburgh.

Ian Georgeson''Sandi Thom performs songs from her new album "The Pink and the Lily" at HMV Princes Street in Edinburgh.

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THESOUTHERN is offering musical talent in the Borders the chance to play a support slot for Sandi Thom at her Galashiels gig this summer.

Along with promoter Bill Jeffrey, we are looking for a promising solo or band performer who will be picked to showcase their music in the Volunteer Hall on June 16 ahead of Banff-born singer jumping on stage.

Upon picking the best contenders, we will then hold a public vote across our website, facebook and twitter pages to find the successful act.

Speaking to TheSouthern, Bill said: “A lot of young musicians approach me asking for help. I felt that if we could get a big name into the Borders and supplied support slots for some young bands or solo acts that it would be a great boost to their CV.

“It will be a great opportunity for some young acts to show what they can do.”

Bill hopes the gig can be the first step towards introducing a major musical event in the area, which in turn he hopes will boost the flagging Borders economy.

“Getting big acts into the area not only helps the music scene, but local businesses also,” he added.

“There is a healthy music scene in the Borders, it is just the case of giving it a kick in the behind to get moving.

“Acts just bypass the Borders and head up to Glasgow and Edinburgh, but we have some cracking venues here. I would eventually love to see a big festival brought to the Borders. There is no reason why it could not work.”

Any act wishing to enter the competition can do so by submitting a link to a track(s) by email to kenny.paterson@jpress.co.uk or post a CD to Sandi Thom gig competition, The Southern Reporter, The Hermitage, High Street, Selkirk, TD7 4DA, by Thursday, February 28. Tickets are available now for Thom’s gig – she sold a million copies of her debut album on the back of her number one single I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker.

Briefs are priced at £15, and can be bought at www.borderevents.com or phone 01750 725480.