Abbie sings her way back to festival

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Teenage singer Abbie Rechert hit the top note with competition judges.

The 15-year-old from Walton, Chesterfield, won the hotly-contested singers competition at Stainsby Festival.

Abbie wowed judges Mick Peat, from BBC Folkwaves, and Emrys Baird, from The Lost Padres band, with her vocal talent and guitar.

Her winning performance featured one of her own compositions and a traditional acapella song.

Abbie has won a full gig at next year’s Stainsby Festival.

She has also been given the honour of performing a song which is traditionally sung by the president at the closing ceremony.

Honorary president Ken Johnson said: “I thought it was time to give the young ones a chance.”

He first sang the song, The Farmer’s Arms, at the festival 20 years ago in tribute to the memory of Raymond Brunt on whose farm the festival continues to be held.

Abbie is among musicians who play regularly at the Chesterfield Folk Club’s Let Me Entertain You open mic night (www.lmey.org) where musicians, new and old, hone their skills on stage with a PA in front of a live audience.

She has also played support to Tanglefoot’s Al Parish on the folk club’s main stage at Club Chesterfield.