Award nomination for musical ‘sheddie’ Jon

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 June 2011

Jon Earl in his shed.

Jon Earl in his shed.


A CLEVEDON music fan has seen his back garden shed nominated for a national award.

Jon Earl runs Songs from the Shed from the former army billet at his Clevedon home, where musicians have the chance to play acoustic sessions in the shed before videos are posted on a dedicated website.

Now, the structure has made it on to the shortlist for the National Shed of the Year award, which could see Jon win £1,000 in cash.

He reached the final, along with eight other ‘sheddie’ entrants, after winning the workshop/studio category.

Jon, a father-of-two who owns That Copy Shop in Alexandra Road, said: “It is fantastic to be in the final of the National Shed of the Year competition. I would never have believed a daft idea in the pub would have resulted in this accolade.”

Songs from the Shed was started in June 2009 after Jon and his friends first thought of setting up a cheese, cider and real ale appreciation society before deciding it would be good to get a musician to play at the first meeting.

Since then, a website was created and bands and soloists from across the globe have asked to play in one of the shed’s modest, 12ft by 10ft rooms.

Jon will find out during National Shed Week, which begins on July 4, whether his musical base has been crowned National Shed of the Year.

To find out more about Songs from the Shed visit the website

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