Teenager wins gig at Tockwith Festival

Jamie Corbett performing at Tockwith Festival
Jamie Corbett performing at Tockwith Festival

A teenage boy who played his first ever gig at the weekend amazed villagers as he beat off stiff competition to land a slot at Tockwith Festival.

Jamie Corbett, aged 13, sang his his own songs and played the guitar for his debut at Tockwith’s Spotted Ox packed outbuilding, The Forge.

The 13-year-old was one of three local acts out of six who made it to the final of Tockwith Festival’s ‘Chance to Shine’ competition.

Jamie said: “It was really good, because I had people there supporting me, which made it easier.

“I was pretty nervous a few hours before the show, but then as soon as I got onstage, the nerves just went away.”

The performance was made all the more amazing as up until two years ago, he’s never played an instrument in his life.

However after his dad, Mike, won a Thorp Arch made Tanglewood guitar at the 2011 Tockwith Festival, the younger Corbett decided to teach himself to play.

Jamie said: “It took a while to be as good as I am now, at the beginning I could only play a few chords.

“Now I can write my own songs.”

“For his age, what he writes about is amazing,” says his mother, Sue, who has become accustomed to her son strumming in every room of the house.

“It’s quite emotional. He sits there with his laptop and his phone, a guitar strewn across him. Songs come very easily to him I have to say.

I’ve seen him write them, and he can knock one out in about an hour. Once he starts, they seem to flow.”

Part of the prize was another Tanglewood guitar, but on Saturday May 18, he’ll take the Festival main stage in front of up to 1500 people at the Sportsfield.

For more information about the festival visit www.tockwithfestivals.co.uk.