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We’ve crowned our Young Songwriter of the Year!

Following a summer of searching, Looe Music Festival has crowned its Young Songwriter of the Year.

The winner, Georgia Marie, 14 from Newquay Tretherras School was recognised for her song writing ability for her song ‘Gravity’ which stood out as an exceptional entry.

Judged by Westcountry folk star, Seth Lakeman and Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Kelly, Georgia is now preparing to perform her song on Sunday 25th September as part of the Looe Music Festival line-up.

“Georgia is a great new talent that already has a strength of writing that is mature and beyond her years,” said judge Seth Lakeman.

As well as performing at Cornwall’s second largest music festival, Georgia’s prize includes recording her song in a professional recording studio with a team of session musicians, a sound engineer and a producer. Before the song is released on Spotify and iTunes for everyone to hear, as well as receiving 100 copies on CD.

“This is a really good shock, it’s just amazing. Last year I entered the competition with the first song I’d ever written and since then I’ve been addicted and writing constantly, I just can’t stop and to win after a year is just brilliant,” says Georgia.

The competition gave 11 – 16 year olds with musical ambitions the opportunity to show off Cornwall’s budding songsmiths and homegrown talent. Jo Winnett from Looe Community Academy, with her song ‘Done With you’ and Stella Davis’ ‘Turn it Up’, were also recognised alongside Georgia.

Looe Music Festival Event Director, Tanya Brittain said: “The Young Songwriter of the Year competition was designed to encourage young people to get involved in music, and help us spot emerging songwriting talent in Cornwall. The quality of songs submitted was exceptional. We have a lot to be excited about.”