The Voice comes to town

Brian Martin hosting a showcase open mic evening to encourage Berwick performers to apply for BBC show 'The Voice'
Brian Martin hosting a showcase open mic evening to encourage Berwick performers to apply for BBC show 'The Voice'

The deadline is drawing near for applications for its fourth series and last Tuesday The Voice came to Berwick to see if there was any talent worth turning those famous chairs for.

Billed as a talent-spotting showcase rather than an audition, as all acts still have to go through the process of applying online should they fancy their chances, the evening at Kazmiranda Cafe united performers of all ages from the local music scene and certainly gave Sam Heeler, one of the producers on The Voice, a fine impression of the calibre of musicians the area can boast.

Owner of Kazmiranda Brian Martin acted as compère for the evening and was visibly bursting with pride at the way some of the regulars at his open mic nights went about their task.

In case any of them make it through to the televised blind auditions or fingers crossed even further, I can’t actually name any of the acts who took part in the showcase but what I can say is that they all did themselves and the town proud.

It’s often said that for a place of its size Berwick has a ridiculous amount of musical talent and its not until you see some of the most promising acts perform one after each other that you fully appreciate this.

As a show, Brian couldn’t have asked for anything better as a wide range of genres were covered.

Self-penned tunes were intertwined with some innovative covers and modern songs with old standards as country gave way to pop, rock, jazz, dance and at the very last minute even some rap!

There were some very interesting takes on hits from the last few years with Disclosure & Sam Smith’s massive dance anthem ‘Latch’ getting the guitar treatment; ‘Let It Go’ from ‘Frozen’ being mashed up with The Beatles ‘Let It Be’ and David Guetta & Sia’s ‘Titanium’ receiving a rock chick edge.

Some turns were a really family affair with a mother and daughter double act and a sisterly duo and as both Sam and Brian both said themselves there was no reason why any of them shouldn’t apply for an audition.

“Every single one of them should go for it; I had a great night,” Sam told ‘WOW’.

“The standard was so high and what I loved is they were all very much their own artists.

“That’s what we love on ‘The Voice’, for the acts to be the performer they want to be and stay true to themselves.

“Me coming to events like this one as well as having fun and getting to hear some great music is about telling people who’d never consider auditioning or think that they can’t that they most definitely can.”

And host with the most Brian echoed Sam’s sentiments, thrilled with how the night had gone.

“There’s absolutely no reason why some, if not all of the performers tonight can’t make it onto the telly,” Brian enthused.

“We have got so many fantastic musicians in the area.

“There should be a Berwick special of The Voice the talent is that good here!”

There is still time to apply for The Voice if you fancy impressing a judging panel which is yet to be revealed but in the past has included Will.I.Am, Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J and Kylie Minogue.

*To apply visit www.bbc.co.uk/thevoiceuk. The deadline is Friday, May 30.