Shrewsbury band win Oxjam Band of the Year

Posted by Anna Sigurdsson Oxjam Marketing Executive

17th Dec 2013

This year, Oxjam launched the UK's largest digital charity music competition, 'Oxjam Band of the Year'. Throughout October, the public voted for their favourite band and then the shortlist of five entries was handed over to a panel of expert judges including 6 Music presenters Shaun Keaveny and Nemone, well-known music journalist Kate Hutchinson and Damon Chivers from Fender.  We are pleased to announce that the Oxjam Band of the Year is 'Thom & Chrisbee' from Shrewsbury.

Prof. Chrisbee and Doctor Thom have been awarded the accolade of winning Oxfam's first and the UK's largest charity music competition and a band's worth of free kit from Fender.  The judges said:

"They're doing something different and it's refreshing.  Very exciting"
(Nemone - BBC 6 Music)

"Most badass hiphop sample soul based funk grooves to come out of Shrewsbury for literally years. Top guitar solo too."
(Shaun Keaveny - BBC 6 Music)

"Absurdist Liaisons breaks down exactly how simple a great song can be: a killer hook, thwacking beat and entertaining vocals that do something interesting with rap and funk falsetto."
(Kate Hutchinson - music journalist)

Watch their video here

The band gave a statement yesterday morning:                                    

"Oxjam for us was incredible, we got involved because it looked like a really fun way to play some music and raise a lot of money and awareness for brilliant cause; what we didn't expect was it to be a platform to completely raise our band's profile and push us miles forward as a group.

We'd like to thank everyone involved for doing a wonderful job and a further thanks to everyone else for taking part, enjoying the music and donating to Oxjam.  We wish much more success for Oxjam in years to come."

The competition formed part of Oxfam's massive month of music, which runs each year throughout the month of October. Oxjam is a festival with a difference: thousands of gigs are organised entirely by volunteers - from large-scale festivals to local sponsored busks - making it the biggest line-up of any music festival in the UK.  All raising money to support Oxfam GB's vital work.

Blog post written by Anna Sigurdsson

Oxjam Marketing Executive

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