Musical duo’s online hopes

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A MUSICAL duo are within touching distance of success having been picked for the final of a national competition.

Teenagers Finlay Henderson and Billy Risso-Gill, who are known as Palms13, are one of ten musical acts who have been selected for an on-line poll to win studio time with a leading UK musician.

The 14-year-old Pocklington School pair are in the final of the ‘Live Lounge’ competition with their cover version of Paulo Nutini’s Pencil Full of Lead, which was posted on the video website YouTube.

And the multi-instrumentalist youngsters have been proving popular with online fans, whose votes have helped nudge them up into second place.

Finlay, who is from Everingham, said: “Although the competitor in first place has a large audience it is not out of grasp, but with help from people voting we should be able to at least come second which would be absolutely great!

“The other people involved are much more largely known figures than us so any help is great! It takes no time at all, so I’m sure people could spare one minute, and maybe suggest it to friends also! If everyone who voted sent it to one friend, it could go on and on! Obviously this doesn’t happen, but as a possibility!”

The competition winners collaborate with the organiser, Orto Pilot, at his Sussex-based studio. They will also be given a chance to have two songs released on YouTube and iTunes, enjoy a video promotion, perform at the Tonefest music festival in July, and get a £100 voucher for Animal clothing.

Finlay and Billy named themselves Palms13 after a house that Finlay’s family have in Whitby called ‘Palmers’, which was where the boys have penned many of their tunes. Thirteen is the age at which they recorded the tracks, which can be bought on-line from iTunes.

Billy, who is from Beverley, plays drums, guitar and ukelele, while Finlay can play guitar, harmonica, saxophone and the piano, as well as being the main vocalist. The pair can be seen playing a multitude of instruments on their online video.

Their talents have even caught the eye of record producers, with one Birmingham-based label offering them a one-year contract.

If they were to sign a deal, it could mean they spend several weeks in a recording studio and publicising the release in London. They would receive private tutoring to make up for the time missed at school.

Finlay explained: “Of course the offer of a recording contract is more important and seems it could be a long-term thing, possibly a career for us, but the competition could bring in some great publicity or equipment to allow for much higher quality home recording and better sounding music!

“So as the icing on the cake, in some ways it would be that extra push to get it all going for me and Billy!”

To vote in the online competition vist, The pair are under the title of ‘Fin Phil Henderson’.

The poll closes on 28 February. To see the video, log on to YouTube and search for ‘Palms13 Pencil Full of Lead’.