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Be More Kind: NMG awards winners join Bishop's Stortford singer-songwriter Elliot Porter to perform Frank Turner track they recorded online during lockdown




Bishop’s Stortford singer-songwriter Elliot Porter recreated his NHS charity fundraising track at the eighth NMG (New Music Generator) awards ceremony.

In June last year, he turned the unofficial anthem of Stortford's Bish Bash music festival, Be More Kind, into a benefit single with the blessing of the original artist Frank Turner.

Elliot, a former Newport Free Grammar School student, and his fellow Isolation Artists across the world recorded separately and brought together their contributions online to create the track.

Elliot Porter and the NMG Isolation Artists. Picture by Lawrence Micallef
Elliot Porter and the NMG Isolation Artists. Picture by Lawrence Micallef

Awards founder Tim Willett asked Elliot to perform it at the awards ceremony in Bury St Edmunds on September 10, accompanied on stage by vocal performances from nominated artists. The result was an electrifying and moving performance.

The NMG Isolation Artists included award winners Ffion Rebecca (Audience Choice), Dan Bond (Best Male Solo), Gabby Wells (Breakthrough Artist), Tom Lumley (Breakout Award), Phoebe Austin (Unsigned Chart Hall of Fame trophy), Anna Wells (Track of the Year for Untouchables and inducted into the Unsigned Chart Hall of Fame).

Also in the line-up for this special performance were previous award winner Victoria Jones, who has won the coveted Special Achievement award as well as the Acoustic Folk and Roots trophy twice with her group Fred’s House; Stephen MacLachlan on drums, who was in Cambridge band The Willows and recently performed with Lucy Ward, a BBC Folk Award winner; guitarists Stuart Braybrook and David O’Neill, Chloe Porter and Emma Hodgson, the lead singer of False Hearts.

From left, Anna Wells, Chloe Porter singing, Ffion Rebecca, Phoebe Austin and Emma Hodgson. Picture: Lawrence Micallef
From left, Anna Wells, Chloe Porter singing, Ffion Rebecca, Phoebe Austin and Emma Hodgson. Picture: Lawrence Micallef

Elliot said on Instagram: “Last night we brought the Be More Kind charity project to life with the help of an awesome band and some fantastic guest singers.

“Big thanks to Tim Willett for putting this together with me and all the brilliant singers who took part. Another successful NMG Awards – music is alive and well.”

The awards, now in their eighth year, were enjoyed by more than 300 guests as they celebrated the region’s music scene.

Tim has broadcast his New Music Generator radio show on Cambridge 105 on Wednesday nights for the last decade. The programme includes a hotly-contested weekly Unsigned Chart, which is vote-led.

Elliot Porter singing Be More Kind. Picture: Lawrence Micallef
Elliot Porter singing Be More Kind. Picture: Lawrence Micallef

The award winners

  • Ellie Dixon, Cambridge – Best Female Solo Award & Special Achievement
  • Mr LTEE, Cambridge – Best Urban / Rap Artist
  • Anna Wells, Harlow – Track of the Year for Untouchables
  • Flaming June, Newmarket – Best Acoustic Folk Roots Artist
  • Stretch Soul Gang, Sudbury – Best Alternative Artist
  • Amethysts, Bury St Edmunds – Best Electronic & Experimental Artist
  • Jake Day, Huntingdon – Producer of the Year
  • Tom Lumley, Cambridge/St Ives – Breakout Award
  • Far From Refuge, Cambridge – Best Rock Band
  • Ffion Rebecca, St Ives – Audience Choice Award
  • Connor Adams, Ipswich – Best Pop Artist
  • Sages of the Subway, Cambridge and Peterborough – Best Indie Act
  • Dan Bond, Cambridge – Best Male Solo Artist
  • Gabby Rivers, Sudbury – Breakthrough Artist
Dan Bond and Gabby Rivers. Picture: Mark Hickford
Dan Bond and Gabby Rivers. Picture: Mark Hickford
Gabby Rivers. Picture by Mark Hickford
Gabby Rivers. Picture by Mark Hickford
Elliot Porter and the NMG Isolation Artists, with Chloe Porter singing. Picture by Dominic Smith
Elliot Porter and the NMG Isolation Artists, with Chloe Porter singing. Picture by Dominic Smith
Ffion Rebecca, right, and Chloe Porter. Picture by Mark Hickford
Ffion Rebecca, right, and Chloe Porter. Picture by Mark Hickford
From left, Stuart Braybrook, Elliot Porter, David O'Neill and Stephen MacLachlan. Picture by Dominic Smith
From left, Stuart Braybrook, Elliot Porter, David O'Neill and Stephen MacLachlan. Picture by Dominic Smith
Chloe Porter, left, and Victoria Jones. Picture by Mark Hickford
Chloe Porter, left, and Victoria Jones. Picture by Mark Hickford
Victoria Jones, left, and Emma Hodgson. Picture by Mark Hickford
Victoria Jones, left, and Emma Hodgson. Picture by Mark Hickford
Anna Wells, left, and Phoebe Austin. Picture by Mark Hickford
Anna Wells, left, and Phoebe Austin. Picture by Mark Hickford
Tom Lumley. Picture by Mark Hickford
Tom Lumley. Picture by Mark Hickford


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