Voices for Change protest song competition


The winner of the ‘Voices for Change’ protest song competition at Selkirk’s String Jam Club is Unheard Voices.

The Kelso rappers won £500 for their first song, Outspoken, in the Amnesty International Borders Group’s contest, performed at the County Hotel on Saturday, June 7.

Selkirk’s own Erin Highton won £100 as one of three runners-up for her song Backdown, beside Corin Anderson and Leanne McFadden of Hawick for Stand Up, Stand Out, and Highrise from Peeblesshire for Putin’s Deck of Cards.

Earlston’s Rory Piercy won £50 as Most Promising Newcomer for I’m Alright Jack. The club’s Allie Fox said: “The standard was really very high indeed, but the judges unanimously chose Unheard Voices as the clear winner.

“These stunning young rappers from Kelso were outstanding. Lauren Batey is 12, Joe Bispham is 13, Aaron Lee is 14, and Cameron Rendall Reid is 14.

“The lyrics were so well-written, with a strong and consistent message about equal rights and racism. The performance was knockout, dynamic and original, with a great backing track.

“Thanks to all the musicians who made such a deep impression with their ideas and music.”