Weston brothers set for chart challenge with artist deal

George and Freddie Barnett have signed their first recording contract as musicians Alfie Jack.
George and Freddie Barnett have signed their first recording contract as musicians Alfie Jack.

Two brothers from Weston are to test the musical waters with their unique and quirky style after bringing out their debut single.

George (21) and Freddie (18) Barnett, better known as Alfie Jack, have recorded Captain just three years after first performing together as part of Spalding’s regular Acoustic Cafe music events.

Downtown Artist asked us to play two of our songs and after listening to them, they told us that they wanted to work with us

George Barnett

The pair have since signed a promotional deal with London-based management company Downtown Artists whose recording studios have been used in the past by the likes of David Bowie, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, The Specials, Depeche Mode and Björk.

George said: “We saw an advert inviting people to audition for a development company and decided to go for it to see what it was like.

“Downtown Artist asked us to play two of our songs and after listening to them, they told us that they wanted to work with us.”

Alfie Jack, George and Freddie’s middle names, got their big break when they reached the area finals of Open Mic UK in November 2013.

Since then, they have been involved in Spalding’s Youth Takeover group which organises the town’s annual Music in the Market Place event.

Freddie said: “We still have complete creative control over our music but our producer has quite a good influence on us because he tells us things to think about with our music.”