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Dundee band The Boston Tea Party in final of blues contest

The Boston Tea party
Image caption The Boston Tea Party is to represent Scotland at the final of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues

A Dundee group are to represent Scotland in the search for the best unsigned blues band in the UK.

The Boston Tea Party were voted the winners of the Scottish heat in Cupar on Saturday, 23 February.

They will now compete against acts from four other regional heats at the final of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues in London.

The competition winners will perform at the annual Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton in Canada.

Formed in January 2011, The Boston Tea Party consists of Sean McGouldrick, Reuben Toy, Dale Easson and Bobby Anderson.

Fierce competition

Last year, the NME listed them as one of their "Ones to Watch 2013".

The Dundonians were up against five other acts: three from Edinburgh; The Blueswater, Keith Douglas and Hot Tin Roof; Dirty Diamond & the Gunslinger from Hamilton and The George Lindsay Band from Glasgow.

Competition organiser Lee George said: "The competition at this heat was fierce. Six excellent acts provided a great evening of live entertainment.

"But there had to be just one overall winner and The Boston Tea Party were chosen.

"Travelling to the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival could be a life-changing opportunity to perform amongst the very best."

'Great opportunity'

The Boston Tea Party said in a statement: "It was a brilliant experience to perform live with five other really talented blues acts.

"We're really excited and can't wait to play in the final in London.

"I'd like to thank Tourism New Brunswick for providing this great opportunity and for taking us one step closer towards Canada."

The London final will take place on 26 March.

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