John in fine voice for song final

John Caldicott
John Caldicott

A KIRKCALDY man is hoping for musical success after singing his way to the regional finals of a major competition.

John Caldicott (21), beat thousands of entrants to win a place in the regional finals of Open Mic UK.

John, of the town’s Raith Gardens, has been singing and playing guitar from the tender age of six since he got a guitar for Christmas and his Grandad paid for him to have lessons.

Now he is hoping his talent will capture the imagination of the judges when he takes part in the next stages of the competition on October 13 at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall where he performed an acoustic version of Amy Winehouse’s ‘You Know I’m No Good’ at his original audition.

A phenomenal 8000 people auditioned for a place, making Open Mic UK the biggest such event in the country. The winners of the regional heats will go forward to the grand final with the chance to win a host of prizes including recording time and the ultimate prize of performing in the O2 Arena.

John, a former pupil of Balwearie High School who is now studying electrical engineering at college, has been honing his skills gigging around Fife’s pubs and clubs since last October, and he hopes his live performances will stand him in good stead for the competition.

John said: “It would mean a great deal to me if I got to the final; one of my best achievements, and hopefully it will open more career paths for me.

Anyone who would like to hear John can catch him at the West End Bar in Lochgelly on Saturday or the Crown in Kinghorn on September 29.