Entries open for New Roots competition

Folk musician - violin - photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

Are you a musician under the age of 25 who sings or plays traditionally-based music? Apply to New Roots for the chance to win performance opportunities at a number of festivals and clubs…

Organised by St Albans Folk Music, organisers say New Roots ‘is for young performers of all styles of traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you play traditional material or write your own’.

Prizes in 2017 included performance opportunities at Upton-on-Severn, Leigh, Shepley and St Albans festivals, as well as folk clubs including Redbourn, Waltham Abbey, Chesham, Black Swan York, Stockton, Norwich and Lewes.

Running since 2000, this year’s competition will be judged by folk years musicians Emily Askew, Jamie Roberts, Andy Stafford and Valmai Goodyst.

Shortlisted musicians will take part in the final on 8 April at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans and will win one or more performance opportunities.

To apply, you are required to submit a 15-minute recording of your music.

Entries close on 31 January.

Visit the New Roots website for further details and to download the application form.