Songwriter Ben Smith wins Boisdale’s jazz contest

Cambridge based singer-songwriter Ben Smith has won a talent contest run by Boisdale’s Jazz Club to perform at the venue.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 3 May 2013
  • min read
Smith beat a short list of six songwriters, who gathered at the venue yesterday to perform their music in front of a panel of judges including Peter Howarth from The Hollies.

The competition was run in conjunction with M, and saw more than 100 PRS for Music members enter for the chance to win a performance slot at the prestigious music club.

Smith performed Let Me Down Easy, a swamp blues track inspired by his time learning guitar in New Orleans. He went on to play the track with Lizzie Deane’s live band to a packed house.

Smith has recently supported blues legend Robert Cray, Joan Armatrading and The Royal Southern Brotherhood. His latest album Live At The High Barn is out now.

Other finalists included Welsh singer-songwriter Cherry Lee Mewis, Dolly James, who has toured with Simply Red and James Taylor Quartet, classic crooner James Hoare, BRIT School graduate Deelee Dube and gifted pianist and composer Andy Quinn.

Quinn was also invited to perform last night, opening Lizzie Deane’s set with his witty take on George Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm.