Fugitive Orchestra wins final singing contest

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The winner of the final heat of All About The Song has been decided.

Fugitive Orchestra, the stage name of James Tattington, beat Tamara Grzegorzek and Luke Varndell to a place in the final, to be held at the Wedgwood Rooms this Sunday.

The 24-year-old’s hypnotic arrangements, achieved using a loop pedal, layered beat boxing, vocals and guitar to winning effect.

Ash Watson, the highest-scoring runner up from all the heats, will also go through to the final as the wildcard entry.

James, originally from Great Eccleston outside Blackpool, moved to Portsmouth to study English Literature at the university. Now working behind the bar at The Park Tavern on Edinburgh Road, James says chatting to regulars is great inspiration.

‘Lots of great stories come through the pub. As a songwriter that is golden – I get paid to do research essentially,’ he says.

His stage name comes from a line in the novel Crash by J.G. Ballard, where the sound of cars going by is described as ‘the broken instruments of a fugitive orchestra.’

‘I had to put the book down, because all I could think was what a great band name that is. It really resonated with me,’ says James.

‘Obviously I don’t want to sound like broken instruments though,’ he jokes.

All About The Song is open to all unsigned singer-songwriters and acoustic performers of original material within the PO postcode area.

It is run as part of the Portsmouth Festivities in partnership with The News and Express FM.

The overall winner will be offered studio time with a professional engineer/producer to record their song at Air Studios in London as well as the chance to get advice from studio owner Paul Woolf, who will judge the final.

Paul is the CEO and co-owner of Air Studios and Strongroom Studio, where recent clients have included musical heavyweights such as Muse and Coldplay.

The grand final for the top six acts will be held at the Wedgewood Rooms in Albert road, Southsea on Sunday, June 28, when entry is £5.