Awards win for Girvan musician

WINNERS: Sarah Coloso played to Olympic Park only four weeks before their awards win was announced. Image: Andy Sidders Photography.
WINNERS: Sarah Coloso played to Olympic Park only four weeks before their awards win was announced. Image: Andy Sidders Photography.

IT’S third time lucky for a Girvan musician as his band is recognised as up-and-coming unsigned talent with two Online Music Awards.

Harry Sheddon, 24, of 4 North Park Avenue, has played bass with Fife-born singer-songwriter Sarah Coloso for the past five years, and the two are regulars on the music scene of their university town of Dundee.

But after playing to their top two crowds yet within the space of a month this year, the last thing they were expecting from the remainder of 2012 was worldwide recognition.

Having been discovered by Olympic legacy company Somewhereto_ earlier this year, Sarah and Harry - with drummer Andy Gavine and guitarist Nathan Kenyon - were invited to play at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in August and clinched a stage spot at the Olympic Park last month.

And only three weeks on the foursome received the news that they had been shortlisted for no less than three Online Music Awards: Best British Act, Best International Act, and Best Music Video - the latter two of which they won.

The Online Music Awards, which were created in 2010 in response to the lack of recognition for unsigned artists with growing online fanbases, aim to boost the profiles of talented underground acts and help them extend their audience.

To be one of the five acts shortlisted in each category artists must not only enter original music, but also impress a group of five judges with their presentation, lyrics, arrangement, musicality and vocals.

2011 Best Rock Act FRANKO have since supported McFly on the opening night of their March UK tour, while Best International Act Hannah Trigwell headlined at The Cockpit during this year’s Live at Leeds Festival - alongside names including Marina and the Diamonds, LadyHawke and The Subways.

Voting closed on Monday night, and the Sarah Coloso crew played the waiting game for almost 24 hours before, after a nervous lunchbreak watching Twitter for news, they were delighted to feature among the Online Music Awards 2012 winners.

Harry says they were keen not to get their hopes up too high, despite having been shortlisted for Best International Act without even having entered.

“We were against some stiff competition,” he said. “Some of the other artists, although they’re unsigned as well, have 70,000-odd views of their videos on YouTube. And some have celebrities and supercars in them. We’re small fish in comparison to that. For our’s [for Notre Dame, from their latest EP Made in Stars] we just got to have a laugh with some lights and an accordion.”

And despite the bumper year the foursome have had, Harry says the shock of being saluted for their talent has not faded.

“We were pretty gobsmacked even to be nominated to be honest. We totally didn’t expect to win but we’re all really really excited. It’s absolutely amazing and we’re over the moon.

“After the Paralympics we thought that was going to be the highlight of our year and now we’ve got two awards in a global awards ceremony! It’s kind of surreal.”

To find out more about Sarah Coloso and view the video for Notre Dame visit the Sarah Coloso website.