Local acoustic-folk duo the Coaltown Daisies have withdrawn from a national music competition, despite progressing to the penultimate stage, reports Kevin Quinn.
The girls made it though the regional heats and were due to take to the stage in Manchester as part of the semi-final, ahead of a possible appearance in the final at the O2 in London. The winning act will have the opportunity to win a recording contract, a single release and up to £30,000 investment.
However, the Coaltown Daisies have decided that the competition just wasn’t for them, but the studio time they won in the last heat was productive.
One of the daisies, Vivienne Bern, explained more.
She said: “We have decided not to go down and do it for various reasons. We couldn’t get time off work for a start.
“And there was no way we could take support down to Manchester, and that would go towards how we got on in the competition.
“So we thought, this is more than just about singing and song-writing.
“The studio time was fantastic, we got about eight hours at Riverside Studios in Glasgow.
“We ended up with two really good recordings, and we will probably work with the guys there again. It was a really good experience.
“Open mic UK has made us realise what we really want to do. We are both singer-songwriters, and that was kind of missed a lot in the competition.
“Now we are taking January off to go through our songs. We have enough for two albums.
“People ask us for CD’s and we don’t have any, so next year we will work on an album, but we’ll also be touring to fund it. We will have a busy 2012 ahead of us.”
The Coaltown Daisies aren’t hanging around, they have, just last weekend, been busy working with Neo Music down in Devon and hope to return to record an album there shortly.