Six acts performed in front of a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience at Rothesay Joint Campus on Tuesday night, each hoping to secure a place on the main stage at this year’s Tee in the Port.
Organiser of Tee in the Port, Ian Shaw, was joined on the panel by Academy staff members Fay Davidson and Paul Phillips, who were tasked with the difficult job of choosing a winner from the six very different, but very skilled, musical groups.
First on the stage were The Red Hearted Vibes, who are no stranger to the island’s music scene. The group, which consists of Douglas Zavaroni, Shaun Cassidy John Murray and Robert Deans, wowed the crowd with an eclectic set which included The Arctic Monkeys ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’.
Second up was Emma Flanagan. Emma made an impression last year when she took on the principal role of Belle in the school’s production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and participated in the Rotary Club of Rothesay’s Young Musician of the Year competition. Emma, who also showed off her guitar skills, sang songs by Ellie Goulding and Shawn Mendes.
In their first appearance in the Academy’s Live Lounge, Mollie-Mae Aiken and Amy Simpson, accompanied by Louis Ware on piano, gave beautiful renditions of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay with Me’ and Miley Cyrus’ ‘The Climb’.
Returning to the competition this year was ‘The Hideout’, consisting of Keriin Jamieson, Jamie Murray and Lewis Poole, with excellent versions of ‘Wagon Wheel’ which had the audience clapping along in time, and another Sam Smith hit, ‘Like I Can’.
Another well-known face on Bute’s music scene is that of Layla Templeton, who sang Sandie Thom’s ‘I Wish I was a Punk Rocker’ and self-penned song ‘Six Feet Under’. Layla sings in several island choirs, has performed on-stage in school talent shows and community productions, and won last year’s Rotary Club of Rothesay Young Musician of the Year competition.
The final act to step on to the stage was Nicola Graham, accompanied on guitar by Jamie Murray, who gave a fantastic performance of Oasis’ ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’ and Charlie Puth’s ‘One Call Away’.
With the judges away to deliberate, Beth Swan was invited to entertain the audience with songs which included her charity single, ‘Soar’.
Returning to the stage, Mr Phillips explained the choice had been a very difficult one and acknowledged the hard work and talent of each of the acts, adding that Mr Shaw would be delighted to welcome any of them to the busking stage at this year’s festival.
Winning a place on the main stage at Tee in the Port 2016, Mr Phillips revealed that the Rothesay Academy Live Lounge winner was Layla Templeton.
Congratulations, Layla, and well done to everyone who took part.