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Dulcima Showan and Tom Twyman from Canterbury's CoCo and the Butterfields suffer Eurovision heartache

Canterbury folk duo Dulcima have missed out on becoming this year's UK act for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Dulcima Showan and Tom Twyman were among five acts beaten by pair Joe and Jake in a live BBC contest on Friday night.

The pair, best known on Canterbury streets as part of five-piece CoCo and the Butterfields, had reached the final six with their uptempo number When You Go.

Dulcima Showan and Tom Twyman
Dulcima Showan and Tom Twyman

They made it through to the BBC's You Decide night, broadcast on BBC4, but lost out to Joe and Jake after a public vote.

The winner will perform at the contest proper in Sweden in May. Last year's UK entry, Electro Velvet, came third from last.

Classical violinist Dulcima, 23, first met songwriter Tom, 27, when she was singing at a pub open mic night in Westbere, near Canterbury.

The duo became the original members of CoCo and soon made a name for the band on the Kent busking circuit, performing to sold-out gigs across the county.

Talented seamstress Dulcima – who went to both of the Langton grammar schools in Canterbury – says she first busked in the city when she was 16.

CoCo and the Butterfields are recognised as among the most admired street musicians Canterbury has ever seen.

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