A SHETLAND composer is looking for votes after winning his way to the final of a global songwriting competition.
Eamonn Watt, who goes by the name Virtual Conductor, is up for the publicly voted People’s Voice award in the International Songwriting Competition.
His track The Tale of Buckaroo Bill is nominated among a host of global artists for the prize, with voting open until 15 April.
The tune is also in with a chance of winning the competition’s grand prize, as well as the instrumental award.
The song features on the 23 year old’s 2015 album Haar and it was also a finalist in last year’s UK Songwriting Competition.
“The Tale of Buckaroo Bill is inspired by a mix of old time American fiddle and Shetland fiddle reels,” Watt said.
“Aaron Copland’s Hoedown from the ballet Rodeo plays a key inspiration for this composition. It’s one of my favourite compositions that I’ve ever created thus far.”
The Sandwick composer is a fourth year applied music student, with the course based in Mareel in Lerwick.
He admits it would be “absolutely amazing” to win the publicly voted prize – and it seems Shetland is getting behind him.
“A lot of support is coming from family, friends, employees, classmates and even the big education firms in Scotland,” Watt said.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support so far.”
To vote for Eamonn Watt’s The Tale of Buckaroo Bill in the People’s Voice category, visit here.
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