BLACKPOOL Sixth Form College student Steph Ashcroft and her Chipping-based music partner Joe Martin are hoping for success in the Live and Unsigned area finals at Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday.
But whatever happens, the couple – who perform as The Mirrortones – has been tipped for stardom by Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans and been invited to perform at the House of Commons by him.
Joe said he was humbled by the support he and his bandmate Steph had been shown.
“It’s great that everyone is helping us and supporting us, we accept humbly any good feedback,” he said. “It is just great, and we love pleasing audiences – everyone seems to like us.”
Joe is currently studying for his AS Level exams at Runshaw College at Chorley, where he will be sitting tests in music, music technology, performance studies and a virtuoso course, which helps students with their performance skills.
“I don’t want to do anything else, I have been singing and playing since I can remember,” said Joe.
“Live music is the best and we love playing gigs. “It is the excitement of being on the stage, and getting to perform our own stuff is great.”
Steph lives in Blackpool and currently attends sixth form college.
She has played at Stanley Park a number of times, including AT The Art Deco Café and played Tommyfest 2010 when aged just 15, being tipped a ‘one to watch’ by the organiser.
She sang three of her own songs, as well as some re-worked covers and, as a result, Steph was selected as one of the outstanding acts and featured by Ultimate Guitar online publication.
MP Nigel Evans, who is also deputy speaker of the House of Commons, first spotted Joe at a charity concert in Longridge.
“They are a great talent and considering they are only 17 years old, it is fantastic,” he said. “I also heard them last year in Clitheroe and they were absolutely brilliant, they absolutely shone. They are tremendous role models and they are definitely going places, and one of those places is the House of Commons.”
The duo is now working towards the release of its first EP, which should be ready in the next few months.
To listen to their first single Marianne (written by Steph) visit www.soundcloud.com/themirrortones/Marianne