Music venue in a garden shed wins Shed of the Year prize

Owner Jon Earl says he’ll use £1,000 prize to fix its “woodworm problem”

A garden shed in Somerset has been rewarded with the Shed of the Year prize after its owner transformed it into a music venue.

Jon Earl, from Clevedon, was praised by the judging panel for his “unusual use” of the shed in his back garden, which he has used to host performances from artists for the past two years, including Fairport Convention, Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel and Ruarri Joseph, pictured above.

Although the shed is too small to accommodate fans, Earl has put on shows by acts from all across the world, including a 26-piece gospel choir and artists from the United States, Holland, Italy and Austria. The gigs are recorded by Earl using a hand-held recorder and posted on his website, Songs From The Shed, and on YouTube.

Earl said: “We’ve had over a 150 acts play in here [and] 350,000 views from people all over the world.”

He added that he’d use the £1,000 prize fund to renovate his shed because it suffered from “a bit of a woodworm problem”.

Sarah Beeny – one of the competition’s judges – said: “This is what a shed should be – full of interesting things that you’re not quite sure what you’ll ever do with.”