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A welcome diversion
Devon band Diverted Traffic have been to Barbados to play at a Virgin Atlantic music festival.
When Glen Harwood performed an impromptu set of his songs while on holiday in Barbados, little did he know it would lead to a return trip to take part in a music festival on the Caribbean island.
Glen is the lead singer and main songwriter for Newton Abbot band, Diverted Traffic.
He was on holiday with his family in the summer of 2007 when he got up and performed some of his songs at a bar.
He was spotted by the organiser of the Virgin Atlantic Music Festival in Barbados, who asked him to return in November to play at the event.
It was great news for Glen and the group - James Woulfe on bass, Roger Pearson on guitar and drummer Wayne Gibson - and they flew over to the holiday isle on an all expenses-paid trip on 12-21 November.
Before setting off, Glen told BBC Devon: "It's a week-long festival of UK artists.
"There are going to be four stages set up along the beach. We'll be doing three official gigs there and a couple of unofficial gigs. We're also doing a radio session."
The band playing live. Photo: Shayne Richards
Glen has been writing and performing his own songs for about 10 years and is hoping this festival could be the band's big break.
"We've all got jobs, but we'd love to get somewhere in the music industry. I'd love to get signed by a record company.
"Although I've been writing songs for 10 years or so, it's only been serious really for the past two years, since the band got together. It's the magic of this particular group of musicians which has been so good."
The group record their songs in a makeshift studio in Glen's garage and publicise their music on their myspace website.
"That's such a big help, being able to get your music out there on the web," said Glen. "People are coming to us after listening to us on the website."
Glen - who lists Pink Floyd and Radiohead as his musical influences - intends to take the band on a get-away-from-it-all songwriting session on Dartmoor in the New Year.
"We're going to hide away in a cottage with a log fire and just get snug and write some new songs."
last updated: 23/11/07