I had a great time and was very well looked after too – thanks to everybody for that.
There was a robust and comprehensive scoring scheme and judging criteria, which ensured total impartiality and fairness, but the task was still quite difficult.
The eventual winners were Edinburgh based River Devils, who I have previously seen and interviewed at Darlington R&B club.
Here’s a tune from their performance:
Runners up were The Fortunate Sons from Glasgow (Sam West has a wonderful voice) and the North East’s Bushwackers who gave a very good display too.
The runners up from each heat still have the chance to get to the final in London in March, by means of a public vote which will run through February. I’ll bring you details of how to vote in that as soon as I have them.
Other heat winners so far are: Cherry Lee Mewis, Dan Sowerby Band, 24 Pesos and there’s one more heat tomorrow (Saturday) night.