A STRABANE singer-songwriter has been short-listed for a prestigious award, an eventuality which could see him gain a berth at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Gary Elliott said he was inspired to enter Panarts Young Songwriter of the Year after seeing a previous winner, Triona share a stage with Van Morrison.
As well as scooping a trip to Nashville, the artist who wins the title will take home an Avalon guitar worth £3,000 and play a headline concert at Belnash Festival.
“Fingers crossed,” Gary laughed this week.
The local musician is now set to play at the award ceremony concert at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast later this month.
“There are some great people short-listed so just to be a part of this concert and to be short-listed, means a lot,” he continued. “It’ll be a good night and I’m really looking forward to it. To think there was over 150 applications and even making it down to the final eight, I am over the moon with that.”
Gary’s entry is ‘Nashville Dreamer’, a song about being on the road, having big dreams and hopefully making it big in Nashville.
“Triona, who previously won the competition, has done really well since,” he continued. “She got loads out of it, like playing with Van Morrison, so she really has gone from strength to strength. So I just applied.
“I uploaded the song and a short bio about myself and I got an email last week to say I’d been short-listed, so fingers crossed.
“To think I might get the chance to play at the Bluebird in Nashville, a place which has seen people like Garth Brooks and Dave Grohl play, that would be amazing.”