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After 26 weeks of competition the finals of the Rock Chick / Rock Dude competition took place in front of a panel of 5 industry professionals at Ye Olde Bell & Steelyard in Woodbridge on Saturday night.

The contest is the brain child of Mickey Flynn , a local Rock & Blues Artist and music teacher, has been introduced to help local singer songwriters showcase their music and gain confidence in playing in front of a live audience. Contestants were able to book a ‘slot’ on a Thursday evening and perform for up to 30 minutes.

Their performance was recorded, edited and published on a dedicated You Tube Channel and also on Facebook where viewers were invited to ‘like’ their favourite acts. The 4 acts with the highest number of votes were then invited to play 3 of their own songs in front of the panel of judges.

Leading the judges was Katie Bicknell, International Flautist & tutor at The Royal College of Music supported by Carl Knights from Toby’s Walk Recording Studio, Colin Fulton from Fulton’s Guitars, Sarah Healey from Grapevine and Sharna Ringwood who presented the winning prize.

Katie said that the judges had deliberated long an hard to select the winners because the quality of the acts was exceptional.

Pictured above - Fashion model Sharna Ringwood presenting Marc Everett our winner with the star prize - An RWG Custom Strat with abalone inlaid fretboard and Wilkinson pickups, kindly donated to us by Raven West Guitar.

1st Place - Winner of Season 1 Rock Chick - Rock Dude Competition MARC EVERETT who won a brand new Raven West Custom Strat plus a free days recording in Tobys Walk Recording Studio Tunstall.

2nd place Adrian presenting a Rocktron Rampage Distortion / Overdrive Pre Amp pedal plus a certificate from Colin Fulton ( a local top UK luthier ) worth £75 for any instrument repair, service or tune up, plus a G & B electric guitar pickup worth £50 to our 2nd place prize winner, the fantastic singer songwriter and local Woodbridge lass Justine De Mierre.

3rd Place Winner, the young talented singer guitarist / songwriter Chris Bower from Ipswich

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