3 Fabulous Finalists Selected For Maidens Of Music Search For A Star

Three fabulous acts have been lined up for this weekend’s finals of the Maidens of Music search for a star competition.

All this month a team of judges have been busy watching the soloists, groups, bands, choirs and others taking part in the Dumfries-based Maidens of Music festival.

Each weekend has seen a winner selected to go forward to the grand finale at The Live Lounge, English Street, on Saturday 27 May.

The organisers say it’ll be a real musical treat as these three very different acts compete to be crowned the 2017 Maiden of Music.

  • Kirsty Hunter and Lauren McDaid: Two girls who have been known to sing their hearts out in the shower and have now decided to collaborate on stage. Singing a mixture of covers and original songs for the first time together, inspired by the amazing women of the Maidens of Music
  • Isla Cooper: A 12-year-old solo singer, she won her school talent show with a rendition of Lukas Graham’s Seven Years and was invited to entertain guests at the Annan Riding of the Marches Café Chantant.
  • Loka: All female a capella quartet. Traditional and popular songs with close harmonies. Loka have performed at Big Burns Supper and on Alive radio.

Carol Brotherston, one of the festival organisers, said: “It’s been a brilliant festival – we’ve seen so much female musical talent up on stage and everyone’s had such a great time.

“Now we are looking ahead to the final weekend and the grand finale, when the audience will vote on who will win our first ever Maiden of Music star search competition.

“We hope that lots of people are going to join us for a full line-up of events on Saturday and to cheer on each of our three fabulous finalists.”

More than 150 women, including soloists, groups and choirs have been taking part in the festival.

It was run as a one-off last year, but was so popular that organisers Carol Brotherston, Jo Blain and Linzie Watson, decided to stage it again – and came up with the idea of adding in a competition to find the best performer.

The festival was set up because Carol and her friends believe that with a bit more encouragement and support there are many more women who would really enjoy getting involved with the world of music.

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