23rd Oct 2019
Newcastle-based Callum Pitt is the winner of the 2019 Alan Hull Award at the Community Foundation. The award recognises song-writers living and working in the North East and remembers Alan Hull, the Newcastle-born songwriter and founder member of Lindisfarne, who died in 1995.
Callum joins an impressive list of previous winners including The Lake Poets’ Martin Longstaff, Jake Houlsby, Cattle and Cane’s Joe Hammill and Ditte Elly. The award includes a grant of £1,000 to support future song-writing activity.
"I’m over the moon to have won the Alan Hull Award. Over the last few years, I feel like I’ve grown in confidence as a song-writer and it’s really nice to receive recognition for this.
I’ve had a really great year so far with my music, releasing an EP, playing all over the country and generally being really productive in writing and producing. The award is supporting me on my UK tour where I will be playing 9 dates including Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham and London, and helping fund the recording of a number of new releases so I'm really grateful."
Callum is due to begin his nine-date tour with a gig at The Cluny 2 in Ouesburn, Newcastle on Friday 11 October, with single L.Lane receiving a wide-release across music media platforms including Spotify and Apple Music on the same day.
Jo Cundall, Senior Advisor for Culture at the Community Foundation adds:
“Callum is a rising star, with over 2.3 million Spotify streams, radio play on Radio One, 6 Music and Amazing Radio, and a host of headline shows.
“We’re delighted to recognise this through our Alan Hull Award at the Community Foundation, and are announcing that the application window for our 2020 award is now open!”
Lindisfarne’s Ray Laidlaw established the Alan Hull Award at the Community Foundation in memory of his friend and Lindisfarne bandmate, Alan Hull, who died in 1995. The award recognises and supports one young song-writer or composer every year with a bursary of £1,000. The bursary can be used in whatever way the they feel will best help them develop their song-writing; from buying equipment to simply covering living expenses freeing them up to focus on honing their skills.
North East songwriters aged between 16 and 25 can apply to the Community Foundation website by filling in a short form and sending in examples of their song-writing for the awards panel.