She Shore Finalists
She Shore Live Finalists Ride the Ropetackle Wave to Success
We are thrilled to announce the names of the finalists in our very first competition to promote new music from local female artists – She Shore Live. We had a brilliant response and after a lot of whittling down, the four performers going through are…drum roll… Monika Henter (Shoreham), Jenna Bennett (Hove), Ciara Gayer (Hove), Sadie Horler (Brighton).
They will each perform a set live on the Ropetackle stage on the evening of Friday 31st January and our team of judges and the audience will pick one winner who be programmed as paid support at a Ropetackle show for a bigger name touring artist later in the year.
The call-out in December looked for unsigned female artists or a member of a female-led band who lives within 20 miles of Ropetackle Arts Centre to send in three original songs for our team of judges to select from.
The competition was the brainchild of Maria Reeves, who worked at Ropetackle until recently as interim centre manager. “The judges were very impressed with the quality of competition entries and blown away by the eclectic creativity on our doorstep. All four finalists are songwriters as well as very talented musicians. The live finals will be a brilliant evening not to be missed. We urge everyone who loves music to come along and discover someone new.”
She joins Anne Hodgson (Ropetackle Co-Founder & Trustee), Ruby Rose (South Coast Soul Revue and Frank Green Band) and Laura Ward (Bird in the Belly and Hickory Signals) as judges.
Tickets for the night are available for £5 online or from the Ropetackle Box Office 01273 464440.
About the finalists:
Born in Hungary and heavily influenced by The Beatles, Monika decided to move to England with a plan to meet Paul McCartney. In her mid-20s she started composing and recording songs with different producers, as well as singing in bands in Budapest, including the band Pozitiv, aka NEBO, who appeared on television following a talent show win. Monika has released two singles, Happy Song and Me and My Sister, getting regular plays on Jazzy Radio and winning an award for best and a rave review by Bluey from Incognito.
Jenna is a solo artist living in Hove, having moved from Cornwall 11 years ago. A singer/songwriter and music teacher, Jenna loves sharing stories through her voice and guitar.
She describes her sets as, “interactive, upbeat and full emotionally charged.”
Sadie’s style is described as intricate guitar picking, with effortless and emotive vocals, performing with warmth, authenticity and boho charm. She says her heartfelt lyrics are inspired by events and people around her.
Self-releasing four singles and two EPs, BBC Introducing have described Sadie as “phenomenal” and her 2019 release ‘Washed Up Mermaid was played numerous times on BBC Radio 6 after being chosen as a ‘fresh fave’ on ‘Fresh On The Net’.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ciara has been playing live music from the age of 13 and over the past two years has been recording her own material.
Coming from a jazz, blues and soul background, Ciara has recently added a psychedelic twist to her music – a luminous sound with atmospheric nods towards trip-hop. She describes it as “a journey of overcoming, emancipation, metamorphosis…female energy and the power of magic.”