James hoping to impress judges panel

Singer/Songwriter James McNeice from Lurgan who takes part in the Open Mic UK competition in the Kings Hall, Belfast next saturday (22/11/14).  INLM4714-411
Singer/Songwriter James McNeice from Lurgan who takes part in the Open Mic UK competition in the Kings Hall, Belfast next saturday (22/11/14). INLM4714-411
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James McNeice will take to the stage this Saturday hoping his singing talent will impress the judges at the regional final of the Open Mic UK competition.

He’s confident ahead of the King’s Hall showdown having already stood out at auditions last month.

The 21-year-old said: “A friend of mine who is a singing teacher contacted me to tell me about it.

“I went down to audition on October 20 in King’s Hall. I did an original song called The Lucky One.”

James, who works in Moy Park and the Corner House, said: “I’m fairly confident about it. I’ve played some big venues before.

“For just under two years I was a member of Last Minute Earl, a local five-piece band.

“During our time together we played numerous gigs in bars and clubs throughout the Lurgan/Craigavon area, including the Christmas lights show and as a supporting act for Flash Harry.

“We also played regularly in Belfast, including the Limelight.

“On a few occasions we played south of the border including Whelans in Dublin and a small festival in Kilkenny.”

The former Lismore pupil added: “I’d like a career in music. I write very personal lyrics in a way that people can relate to. I write simple acoustic music. I taught myself guitar and got a bit of tutoring as well.”

He has been performing for the past five years.