Local publication, Grange Now, kindly did an article on my music in their most recent issue! (see image) I’ve attached the copy from the interview, or have a read of the mag if it comes through your door! Also: I will be recording for the first time in two years this Thursday, watch out for some new material in the next couple of weeks!!
Singer/Songwriter Evie Plumb talks to Sharon Shepherd about her music, inspiration and her future
At just 20 years old, Evie is an extremely talented young lady with an incredible voice, but don’t take my word for it.
Having appeared on Radio Cumbria and BBC Introducing, Evie has also performed gigs across South Lakeland.
I asked where her love of music had come from and she told me: “I think my parents and music teachers have been great sources of inspiration but I would say one teacher in particular really helped me, and that is Richard Gray from Arnside. I was about 13 and my passion for progressing through my piano grades was fast-fading. Richard offered a different type of music to me – jazz piano, involving improvisation, singing, playing keyboard in jazz bands and chord based. I think if it wasn’t for Richard I might have given up piano and music entirely, which would have been a horrible shame and something I would no doubt be regretting now.”
I asked if she had taken formal music lessons and she told me: “I was taught formally for 7 years on piano and for 5 years in singing, both classically, so that was very much about grades and ‘reading the notes’. It wasn’t the most fun I’ve had with music but this training certainly gave me a very good grounding for the music I play now which is improvisation, playing by ear and reading basic chords.” Take heart all of you when practising your scales!
I was keen to find out where her songwriting inspiration comes from. “My best ideas usually come after I have had a music drought, where I have not had access to a piano for a long time or when I have lots of lyrics stored up but with no music to accompany them! I also find that during exam time or when I have other things I really should be doing I suddenly get lots of new ideas for me to be distracted by! A lot of my music is inspired by the likes of Katie Melua, Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones, but there’s also a bit of the Beatles, Coldplay, even the Hoosiers in there: bands that you wouldn’t typically relate to a young female singer-songwriter. I think every musician likes to think they are bringing something completely new to the mix but I would describe my own music as quite lyrical, a bit of jazz and blues in there perhaps but probably, ultimately, more of a soft-rock and pop sound”
Evie is about to start her final year at Lancaster University where she is studying Politics and International Relations. She said: “I’m really getting stuck into that now as I enter my final year in the degree.”
And where does she see herself in 10 years time? “On a world music tour, or doing diplomatic work abroad, or being a climbing instructor in the Lake District… but whatever happens I can be fairly certain that music will play a prominent part in my life!”
Evie is going to be busy this Summer working on a new album that she plans to record in September. You can download Evie’s music and see where she is playing next by going to www.evieplumb.com. If you want to contact Evie about providing wedding, party or venue entertainment then call her on 07554 849 385.