Hi there! Thank you so much for visiting this page, and for taking an interest in helping me fund my debut album.
I’m an eighteen year old mandolin player and singer songwriter, originally from Suffolk but now living in York where I study. I have been writing and performing since I was just thirteen years old, and have had the honour of playing alongside and supporting some incredible musicians, such as Mawkin, The Unthanks, Gilmore & Roberts, and the legendary Dave Swarbrick. I also feature frequently on BBC Introducing and have had songs featured by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 and by Tom Robinson on the BBC 6 Music Mixtape. I’m a regular performer at FolkEast festival and have also played Beverley Folk Festival, Bute Fest and many more around the country.
It’s been a few years since I released my EP Painted Faces, and I’m thrilled to this year be recording my debut album with GingerDog Records. I’ve wanted to release an album for a long time; I’m very passionate about each and every song on the album, and each one has been written with emotional honesty and authenticity at their centre. Many are about personal experiences - from things as simple as the comfort that comes from sitting and reading in the company a loved one, to things as complex as pondering the permanence of the mark I’ll leave on the world. Many deal with social and political issues, such as mental illness, climate change, and gender politics. I hope to produce a thought provoking album, that both presents personal experiences of modern life and ties in the folk tradition.
We’ve already begun to put down the bones of the record, and I’m really pleased to be working with the wonderful GingerDog Records. Although I am usually a solo performer, I’m delighted to be joined on the album by some exceptional talents, such as BBC Folk Award Winner Sam Kelly, BBC Jazz Award Winner and Mercury Prize nominee Kit Downes, and the fiddle player James Delarre, from the BBC Folk Award nominated band Mawkin. I’ll also be joined by young multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso recorder player Finn Collinson, from the rising young folk duo Shorelark, and by the fantastically insightful singer/songwriter Samuel McKie. I will be releasing the album and touring it around the country in summer 2017.
I really hope you’re interested in helping me fund this album; the audience have always been at the centre of what I do as a performer, and having your help would mean the world. Your money would go towards the recording costs, designing the album artwork, mastering and printing the album, and towards the costs of promotion (so I can successfully tour the material and meet as many of you as I can.) In return for your help, I’ve taken time to come up with some great rewards – from things as small as a postcard written from me to you, to things as big as myself and some fellow musicians coming to your house to serenade your friends and family. Even if you can’t donate, sharing this page would be a huge help. I’m not just relying on you lovely people, though; I’m also applying to arts bodies for help with funding, and am putting my own money into the project – together, I know we can make a brilliant album.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for all your support.