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Last Updated: Monday, 5 July, 2004, 05:32 GMT 06:32 UK
Rural band wins urban music gong
Obedient Bone: picture courtesy of Obedient Bone website
Rock stars: Devon's Obedient Bone
A Devon band have won an top urban music award despite all living in the country and recording in a studio in a barn in a tiny Dartmoor village.

Obedient Bone have been named Best Urban Act in the 2004 Diesel-U-Music Awards for unsigned bands.

The four-piece group will be travelling to London's Fabric nightclub on 7 July to collect their award.

They will also be performing live at the ceremony alongside other category winners.

Obedient Bone
Tim Peirce (drums) comes from Drewsteignton
Rich Austin (bass) comes from Venn Ottery
James Yardley (programming, keyboards and guitars) comes from Hennock
Demelza Jennings (vocals), recently moved from Chagford to Cornwall.

The group was formed five years ago but are not yet full time musicians.

They also hold down day jobs, but find time to write all their own songs.

Their debut CD has been released on the Natural State label, set up by the group's manager, Simon Vieler.

The band are hoping the publicity surrounding their award will earn them a deal with a record company.

'Over the moon'

The band's drummer, Tim Peirce said they were "staggered" by the news they had scooped the award.

He said: "The funny thing about it is that all of us live in small villages and all our music has been created in our studio at Whiddon Down.

"It just goes to show that you don't have to live in cities to create cutting edge music."

"We have worked long and hard for this and we're over the moon all our effort has been recognised."


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