Media Release: Burnsong launches songwriting competition for under-25s

BURNSONG, in partnership with Mattie Foulds’ Mobile With A Home (producer/drummer for the acclaimed collective, The Burns Unit), today offers a brand new opportunity for young, up-and-coming Scottish songwriters to record their first demo, working with industry professionals in this fantastic new recording studio.

Begins a spokesperson: “The Burns Unit’s debut album, Side Show, garnered glowing reviews upon its release in August 2010, with live performances taking Cambridge Folk Festival by storm, and has subsequently been nominated as one of the albums of 2010 by a number of sources including Ian Rankin, Vic Galloway and Spiral Earth.

“Produced by Mattie Foulds, the album grew out of a songwriting retreat devised by Burnsong, an organisation whose aim is to nurture and promote songwriting in Scotland.

“On the first date of The Burns Unit’s 2011 tour, Sunday 16th January, at their Celtic Connections gig in the Old Fruitmarket, Mattie will announce the opening of this great opportunity to follow in the band’s footsteps.”

Said Mattie: “I’m delighted to be supporting three young Scottish songwriters in taking their first steps into the music industry by recording a high-quality demo in my new recording studio, Mobile With A Home.”

The spokesperson added; “The anonymous competition entries will be judged by fellow Burns Unit members, Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock (Delgados), Michael Johnston and Kim Edgar, and a panel of music industry experts including Scottish songwriter and lecturer, David Scott (Pearlfishers, BMX Bandits), and music industry consultant, Ronnie Gurr.

“With funding support from Creative Scotland, the winning songwriters will then work in collaboration with Mattie Foulds to plan, record, mix and master their first professional recordings, which will help them to progress in their music careers.”

To enter the competition, which opens on Burns Night, 25th January 2011, young people aged 25 and below should go to where they can follow instructions to upload up to three entry songs, of any genre, for consideration by the panel of judges.

The competition will close on 28th February 2011 and winners will be announced via the Burnsong website in March.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact Mattie Foulds on , or visit:

Notes for Editors:

Burnsong came together as a national body in 2003, in collaboration with Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association.

At the time, the Scottish Parliament, local Galloway and Ayrshire MPs and MSPs, and local authorities in south west Scotland were looking for a powerful, creative and contemporary way to celebrate the wide ranging artistic legacy of Robert Burns.

Through Scotland-wide consultation with songwriters, broadcasters, music producers and representative music bodies, Burnsong emerged with the purpose of developing the art of contemporary songwriting in all its many forms.

For more information about Burnsong, visit

The Burns Unit are: Karine Polwart, King Creosote, Emma Pollock, Future Pilot AKA, Kim Edgar, Mattie Foulds, Michael Johnston and MC Soom T. Their music has been described as “indie pop meets carnival rock”.

The Burns Unit tour dates:

16th Jan 2011

Glasgow – The Old Fruitmarket

Candleriggs Glasgow G1 1NQ

17th Jan 2011

London – Jazz Cafe

5 Parkway London NW1 7PG

18th Jan 2011

Milton Keynes – The Stables

Stockwell Ln Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 8LU

19th Jan 2011

Manchester – Club Academy

Oxford Rd MANCHESTER, Lancashire M13 9PR

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Contact: Mattie Foulds