Cat duo aim for the hit purr-ade

steven smith
steven smith

A FORMER Balfron High pupil is hoping that his musical duo The Minister’s Cat can claw its way to the top of a national music competition.

Steven Smith (24) and Alison Tod (22) have made it through to the regional heats of the Open Mic UK competition and could now get the chance to perform at the O2 arena in London.

Steven, who is also a former Fintry Primary School pupil and Napier University music graduate, will be hoping to grab the main prize of a record contract and £30,000 of investment that’s available to the overall winner of the event.

They’ll also have the opportunity to tour across the UK.

For that to happen The Minister’s Cat will have to make it through the area final which is being held in Manchester on Sunday, December 4.

The national grand final will take place on January 21 in the O2.

A spokesperson for Open Mic UK said: “We are searching for an act that not only has the live ability to impress an audience, industry judges and A & R associates, but an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist.”

The impressed music industry judging panel were quoted as saying “very good duo, love these two!”

You can watch their previous performance at by searching for The Minister’s Cat.

For more information on the competition, go to the website