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Are you tuned in to bridge song bid?

Songwriting launch: High School pupils, musicians and judges meet for the launch of the competition.

Songwriting launch: High School pupils, musicians and judges meet for the launch of the competition.

The search is on to compose a song which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge.

Throughout time, musicians and songwriters from all over Scotland have created music for all kinds of subjects, occasions and points in history.

But it comes as a surprise to find that there are very few tracks which feature either of the Forth Bridges.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Forth Road Bridge and in affiliation with the Forth Bridges Festival, Forth Bridges Live have teamed up with the Academy of Music and Sound to create a competition to encourage and inspire songwriters to pen a track that features the Forth Road Bridge.

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 14, and the winners will receive an exclusive Forth Road Bridge Tower Top Trip. Winners will also be able to perform their track live at Forth Bridges Live, a three day music, comedy and spoken word festival staged in Queensferry in September.

The competition is now open and entries will be accepted up until July 4.

Competition judges include former Simple Minds manager Bruce Findlay, musician Dick Gaughan, music journalist Jim Gellatly, local indie band Bwani Junction and members of FETA.

To enter visit forthbridgeslive.com or academyofmusic.ac.uk and download an application pack.

Forth Bridge Live spokesman Mark Taylor said: ‘‘We believe Scotland has a wealth of untapped talent out there so get writing, get composing, and take it to the bridges.”

 

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