GLA Gigs Competition winners announced

Tom-ButlerUpcoming songwriter Tom Butler has received the prestigious Songwriter Award at the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Gigs Competition.

The 25 year old talent, who represented the London borough of Wandsworth, was announced winner of the PRS for Music-sponsored award at a ceremony at Westfield Stratford City yesterday (Sunday).

His acoustic folk-inspired song Boats wowed the panel of judges for its originality and poetic lyrics.

He has won the opportunity to play live in the PRS for Music VIP tent at Glastonbury Festival 2015 plus two tickets to attend the whole event.

PRS Chairman Guy Fletcher, who helped judge the category, said: ‘Tom’s winning song was well developed and nuanced but, above all, it was original. Lyrically, his metaphors and imagery were insightful and refreshing.

‘He combined these with subtle, clever melodies and a genuine performance to create an arresting song. It has been exciting to see all of these young songwriters honing their craft as part of this competition. We hope to see a lot more of their work performed on London stages in the future.’

Elsewhere, 15 year old Natalie Shay from Enfield won in the Youth Category. The BRIT School studnet is no stranger to playing at venues across London, including The Roundhouse, where earlier this year she picked up the London Music Award for Undiscovered Talent.

Harry Houseago, a multi-instrumentalist from Lambeth, won in the Soloists and Duos Category for his eclectic music that draws on funk, R&B, Motown, pop and folk.

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