Three acts hoping to hit the big time with ‘Live and Unsigned’

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A SINGER from Southwell and two Mansfield bands will be battling it out in regional finals of the Live and Unsigned competition.

Mum Hayley Witham, who performs as Hayley Rice, describes her music as ‘a fusion of jazz and pop’ and has lived in Southwell her whole life.

Tazer band

Tazer band

She is married with three children and attended Lowes Wong and Minster schools. Hayley started having singing lessons about eight years ago and says she loves singing jazz and blues.

Joining her at the 14th April regional final at the Riverside Centre in Derby will be TTL Overdrive, a three-piece modern psychedelic blues/rock band from Mansfield who formed in 2009.

Band members are Tom Mills on vocals and lead guitar, David ‘Tum’ Tumelty plating thunder-pants bass and Leon Goncearenko on drums and percussion.

They play a mixture of original material and cover songs.

The band describe their sound as ‘original, solid, hard-hitting, modern blues-driven sound’ with plenty of ‘dirty riffs, groovy bass lines and solid drumming’.

Influences include, psychedelic 60 and 70’s artists and bands such as Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Cream, early Pink Floyd and heavy rock like Black Sabbath.

Mansfield indie band Tazer have also secured a spot in the live shows at the regional final in Sheffield on 25th March.

They say their sound is ‘infectious indie rock’ and are also hoping to drum up some support ahead of the show.

Live and Unsigned is the biggest original music competition in the UK for unsigned bands and artists. It has attracted 50,000 entries in the past five years and the final is held at the O2 arena.

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