For the fourth year running I was lucky enough to part of the Eastney Cellars annual songwriting competition All About the Song and with four acts having their way to the final, it was time to see who would be crowned AATS champion 2013.
Ismael Clark, who has only been in the city for a short while after relocating from Spain, was first to take the stage.
Each of his tracks were performed with perfection, and crafted with passion and soul, forming a truly beautiful, deep and captivating creation. His track Funes, is one of the most beautiful songs that I’ve heard for some time.
Andy Comely was next, with his deep and emotion filled set, I particularly enjoyed his track Paradise which paints the perfect picture of a drunken night in Portsmouth.
Up next was Paul Jones aka Toytown. Mr Jones has an obvious talent for songwriting, and when those lyrics are beautifully brought to life by the vocals of India Jefferson-Grant, you come to realise just how intelligent and touching they are.
Last but not least was the immensely talented, Eloise Keating. At just 17, Eloise writes with real maturity, and if she continues this way, then the sky really is the limit for this young lady. I was still singing Be My Ghost the following morning...
Ismael Clark was named AATS winner 2013, with Toytown coming I second.
Yet again this competition has proved Portsmouth is a treasure trove of talent