Open Mic Podcast Nominated for European Award

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By Swampgrass | Thursday, January 10, 2013, 11:13

The Glastonbury Open Mic podcast has been Nominated for the European Podcast of the Year Awards!  Vote Now to support local initiatives.

Produced locally and featuring the high quality of music created and performed in the area, the Glastonbury Open Mic podcast has capped a steadily successful couple of years with a nomination for the European podcast of the year awards.  Voting closes on the 15th of January and your vote can be registered by going to the Open Mic website at or direct on the awards site by going to  The podcast was started to raise awareness of the quality musicians in the Glastonbury area.  Each week at the open mic the generally packed audience has the pleasure of listening to songs and performances from artists that would not be out of place on far bigger stages.  Indeed, many performers who have featured at the open mic have developed into artists that either have – or will – share larger stages with high profile acts.  Lee Rahn has recently made the regional final of the Open Mic UK competition; Duncan Batey won the Somerset Songwriter competition in 2012;  Dan Nixon has joined All Us Authors and is making great music; and John Steer – along with Chris Austwick as Hatty and Oz – have International Interest and have supported Bob Geldof.  The Glastonbury Open Mic Podcast exists to make sure these artists and everyone who performs at the open mic gets as wide a listening public as is possible.

The Glastonbury Open Mic night has been running at Hawthorns in Glastonbury for nearly three years now and for the last couple of years a podcast has been made available featuring the many fine performances that are recorded each week.  Available via iTunes, feedburner and direct from the website – – the podcast has been downloaded over 2000 times and has been listened to as far afield as Canada, Poland, Australia and New Zealand and has garnered a regular subscriber list on iTunes.  At the beginning of 2012 the podcast made its way to radio in the form of "The Shadow Sessions", a regular fortnightly show on Glastonbury FM that airs at 8pm on Wednesday's, repeating at 9pm each Saturday.  The show is presented and produced by the original podcast creator Brad Lister with co-host Alisdair Cosnett.  Rather than the original podcast format of a half hour or so of music recorded at the open mic, the Podcast now features a repackaging of the Shadow Sessions radio show and is released every couple of weeks.

The Glastonbury Open Mic is held every Tuesday from 8:30pm at Hawthorns in Northload Street.  All performers of any experience or ability welcome.

Join the facebook group at

Download the podcasts at

Listen to the Shadow Sessions on Glastonbury FM 107.1 every Wednesday at 8pm or Saturday at 9pm.



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