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Finalists Announced For Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2023

Ten talented songwriters have won a coverted spot at the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2023 Showcase Final taking place at LEAF on Bold Street on Saturday 27 January 2024.

During the September entry period songwriters were invited to submit brand new songs inspired by works of art on public display across the Liverpool City Region.

Judges Kaya Herstad Carney, Robert Vincent, Jon Lawton, Luke Moore and Alison Benson listened to all of the entries and scored each one on lyrics, melody, composition, and originality.

After the marks were totalled the writers of the top ten placed songs were awarded places at the Showcase Final where they’ll perform their song with the work of art that inspired it projected on the screen for everyone to see. At the end of the evening the Judges’ Award Winner will be announced, and the Audience Favourite will be revealed.

The Showcase Final will also feature performances from Luke Moore’s musical and visual arts collective Operation Lightfoot.

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Derek & Jenny King – Fantine
Ed Jones – This Boy
Helen Maw – Keepers of the Sea
Iain Paterson – Not a Care in the World
James Chetter – Promised
Jim Pearson – The Boy With The Red Hat
Mark Dennis – Castles Or Freedom
Mike Ryan – Lily’s Last Waltz
Paul Henry – The Ghost Of The Bombed Out Church
Thomas Bradley – Starlight

The winning songwriters in each category will have their song prefessionally recorded by Jon Lawton at Crosstown Studios. They will also take home a songwriting or singing lesson from Kaya Herstad Carney, and a cello lesson or cello arrangement for their winning song courtesy of Luke Moore.

Doors at LEAF on 27 January open at 7.00pm and the show starts promptly at 7.30pm and finishes at 10.30pm. We’re sorry but no under 18s are allowed after 10pm.

Tickets are £10 and available now from Skiddle.

Profits from the night will be split between Garston Animal Rescue and Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of Liverpool Acoustic team member Sharon Jones.


Founder and Editor, Clare Deane, shares her passion for all the amazing things happening in Liverpool. With a love of the local Liverpool music scene, dining out a couple of times a week and immersing herself in to all things arts and culture she's in a pretty good place to create some Liverpool Noise.

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