Jazz and blues festival seeks new talent

The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
Image caption The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in September 2012 in Canada

An international jazz and blues festival is on the look out for Merseyside talent.

The New Brunswick Battle of the Blues competition is inviting local unsigned acts to enter the contest online for a chance to play at the Canadian Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in 2012.

Applicants are asked to submit a video of themselves playing an original jazz or a blues song online before 15 December.

The regional winner will be invited to a UK final in London in March 2012.

Lisa Gagnon-Norris, Tourism Representative for New Brunswick, Canada said she hopes to discover some new British blues artists.

"The UK has quite a blues history," she said.

"We started this competition to attract a British blues act to come over and play.

"The Harvest Jazz and Blues festival is turning into quite an international festival."

There are four heats taking place across the UK in Newton-le-Willows, Newcastle, Bristol and Billericay in January 2012.

"Once artists have submitted their videos to us, we will narrow it down to the six acts that will play at the heats," Ms Gagnon-Norris continued.

"The festival attracts a lot of Blues musicians, a lot of producers and managers, so it's good exposure for unsigned acts, as well."

Five acts will be chosen at the regional heats to perform at the finals in London in March 2012.

The festival, now in its 22nd year, takes place in Fredericton, Canada between 11-16 September 2012.

To enter the competition and for more information visit the Tourism New Brunswick website.

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