I am very chuffed to announce that I have been lucky enough to win the 2012 Alan Hull Award for song writing, by a unanimous decision no less! Previous winners include Francis O’Hanlon (aka Ajimal), Joe Hammill from Cattle & Cane, and Jonny Kearney. I am certainly in some fine company!
The Alan Hull Award is given out annually by the North East based Community Foundation to recognise the potential of a young composer and/or songwriter who is from the North East and aims to encourage the recipient to develop their passion further. It is awarded in the name of the late Lindisfarne front-man and much respected songwriter, who died suddenly in 1995 at just 50.
The late Alan Hull wrote hundreds of songs during his teenage years & was known for supporting young musical talent after he became successful with Lindisfarne. The Award was established after a fund-raising concert, The Hull Story, at Newcastle City Hall in 2005, which celebrated the life and work of Alan, who was fiercely proud of his North East roots.
It seems we are quite similar! As well as winning the award for my song ‘Shipyards’ I also get a £1000 bursary to help further my musical endeavours plus a slot at the annual memorial gig held in the Magnesia Bank pub in North Shields in honour of Alan, this year it is held on November 17th.
I would like to say a massive thank you to the Alan Hull Award committee and to everyone that has helped support and encourage my song writing. I have been writing a lot of new songs over the past few months so keep an ear out for them being released soon.
For more info about the great work the community foundation does around the North East please see www.communityfoundation.org.uk