Blackburn Music Makers and Festive Crooners

Published Wednesday 3 December 2014 at 14:58

As part of the festive celebrations in Blackburn town centre this Christmas, there will be live performances from some of the regions finest up and coming musical talent.

Curated by local musical entrepreneur Jamie Turner, himself recently graduated from Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and already Managing Director of Actual Music (, both the Music Makers Stage on Saturday 6th December and the Festive Crooners Showcase on Saturday 20th December are set to get shoppers in the mood for Christmas as they liven up King William Street between 12 noon and 3.30pm.

Complementing the Makers Market on the 6th December, the Music Makers Stage will feature young singer/guitarist Alex Buckley and the beautiful folk singer Laura James.

Alex, just 17 years old and from Darwen reached the final of Reidy’s Talent Contest in 2013 and got to the regional final of Open Mic UK.

Laura is an award winning Liverpool-based, Cumbrian-born songstress. Her debut EP ‘The Bed of The Brook’ was released in 2011 and led her on to play festivals such as Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Kendal Calling, Solfest and Ireby as well as gaining her a spot to play across the pond at Dewey Beach Music Conference in Delaware.

On the last Saturday before Christmas, Chris Scott and Nicholas Gunn will be Crooning their way through some festive favourites that are sure to put a smile on the faces of even the most stressed last minute shoppers.

Chris, from Clitheroe began singing in public back in 2006 as a 15 year old. His first recordings were made at St Mary’s College in Blackburn in 2009 and after working his way around the club circuit, quickly rising up the billing and gaining hundreds of fans, he now entertains crowds wherever he goes and is well on to a bright future with a new single and video in the pipeline. Popular with all ages, Chris has a rough northern charm akin with Robbie Williams, but combine it with the soul & style of other contemporary singers such as Bruno Mars and Plan B.

Nicholas, also based in the Ribble Valley is a sensational, award-winning crooner with a tremendous performing pedigree. An energetic and engaging young performer of the highest quality, he has recently won the prestigious award for North West ‘Best Leading Male’ at the National Operatic and Dramatic Association awards, for his musical theatre performances with Blackburn Musical Theatre Company.

Curator, Jamie said  “As musicians, we have a deep-rooted passion for music performance, so we have taken this enthusiasm and expertise and directed it into the provision of outstanding live music for events across the North West and beyond”.

For further details and to find out what else is on as part of Blackburn’s festive events programme this December see



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