THE organiser of Cheshire's singer-songwriter competition says artists still have time to enter.
The Song from the Heart of Cheshire competition was established last year by John McColm to raise awareness of acoustic open-mic nights and invite the county's most talented singer-song-writers to showcase their work.
For 2006, John, from Northwich, has taken the contest to the people by having entry points in three of the top music venues in Cheshire.
'I hope that, in time, the event will become a major highlight within the Cheshire music scene,' said John, himself an accomplished musician.
'Last year's response was incredible considering it was based around one open-mic night at the Witton Chimes in Northwich and I expect more response this year, given the geographical spread of the venues.
'Each entrant will play their three best compositions at the heat stage.
Finalists will feature on a specially produced, commemorative CD and the winner gets a £500 music voucher for Northwich Music Centre, where they may use it toward an instrument or sound equipment.
'They will also earn a place as a support act on selected dates of the upcoming Pollen 8 autumn tour featuring Paul Wilkes, one of the judging panel for the contest.'
There will be heat and semi-final stages at Telford's Warehouse in Chester on July 27. The final is on Friday, August 25, at the Northwich Festival at Moss Farm.
John said the competition is in memory of his friend Phil Reece, who introduced him to the stage at a Greenbank pub but died three years ago.
To enter, e-mail scottish.john@ btinternet.com or call 07834 518858. Entrants must be over 18 and live in Cheshire.