26th January 2020
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Songbird Sidgwick flying high

An isles musician who relocated to County Durham has been crowned Traditional Act 2016 at a music awards.

Toni Sidgwick, formerly of Ollaberry was presented with the prize at the Upbeat TV ceremony which was held at the O2 Academy, in Newcastle on Sunday 4th December.

The awards champion up-and-coming artistes and had more than 1,500 applications this year.

Sidgwick, 29, describes her genre as folk pop and has been regularly gigging in the northeast of England.

She has recently been performing as a duo and has been penning new material, with an eye on recording a new record in future.

Sidgwick said she was shocked to win the gong and feels since moving south she has developed even more as a musician.

“I think the songs I’ve written since I’ve moved down are getting progressively better,” she said.

“I suppose part of it is confidence and me stepping a bit more out of my comfort zone, which has brought me on a bit too.”

About Adam Guest

Reporter for The Shetland Times. I have also worked as a senior news reporter at The Press and Journal, The Barnsley Chronicle and as a freelance reporter for The Doncaster Free Press. Alongside news reporting I specialise in music and sports journalism. Pork pie lover.

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