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Posts Tagged ‘Ella Fitzgerald’

When Shadows Return to the Sea: An interview with Martha Bean

Martha Bean is a Leicester based singer songwriter with a unique approach to music.

Written by Amelia Gregory

martha Bean by Simon McLaren
Martha Bean by Simon McLaren.

Martha Bean is a hotly tipped singer songwriter with a classical training. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, she has already played alongside some well known names such as Seth Lakeman, Bon Iver and First Aid Kit. I caught up with the Leicester based talent to find out more...

How did you learn so many instruments and do you have a favourite you return to when you are songwriting?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in a musical house - my Mum is a pianist and double bassist, and my Dad (who plays with me, too) a cellist. My Dad was also a music therapist for a few years, so we had a few other instruments around the house - guitar, clarinet, saxophone, percussion, etc - so I've been surrounded my lots of instruments from an early age. Since I moved out, I've found my musical instrument collection growing as I can't resist the charm of a £20 banjo... I find myself more inspired by exploring and experimenting with different instruments - it keeps it exciting. The piano is my favourite instrument to write on because… read more

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An interview with Lavender Diamond and review of new album Incorruptible Heart

Meet Becky Stark, the multi-talented maestro behind LA based Lavender Diamond.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Lavender Diamond by Suky Goodfellow. Their debut album Imagine Our Love was released in 2007 through Rough Trade to rave reviews, and at last there is a follow up. Hailing […]