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The female artists taking centre stage at Looe Music Festival

As we’re leading the way as the first Cornish festival pledging to PRS Foundation’s Keychange, an initiative which is empowering women to transform the future of the music industry by encouraging festivals to achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022, we take a look at the women taking centre stage on the beach this September.

PP ARNOLD

Songstress PP Arnold became London’s first lady of soul when she arrived in the UK on tour with Ike and Tina Turner. Having worked with musical greats such as The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton to name just a few, she is best known for her all-time favourite songs, The First Cut Is The Deepest and Angel Of The Morning.

GWENNO

Drawing from her upbringing as the daughter of Welsh and Cornish language activists, Gwenno makes bold statements about the importance of protecting minority languages. Her latest album Le Kov, which translates as “the place of memory” is written entirely in Cornish, and explores the myths of Cornwall.

JILL JACKSON

Are We There Yet? is the long awaited 5th solo album by Paisley born singer songwriter Jill Jackson. A record that bears the hallmarks of a 25yr musical journey that has taken her from Paisley to Top of The Pops to playing in every State of America. In the time since 2012’s 5-star reviewed The Ones That Got Away, Jill temporarily relocated to Nashville where she became immersed in Music City’s culture of storytelling and songwriting.

CHARLIE DORE

Expect an evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters, teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span. The pair swap guitars, mandolin, harmonium, ukulele, piano, autoharp, harmonies and stories as they showcase the brand-new album Dark Matter, dip into the past 5 albums and also share original acoustic versions of hits Charlie has written for others.

MOLOTOV JUKEBOX

Internationally acclaimed actress Natalia Tena fronts the six-piece band with her infectious and sultry lead vocals, her accordion backed up by Balkan fiddle, powerful Latin trumpet and a pounding rhythm section that gets the crowd moving at every raucous show. Molotov Jukebox, are the world-renowned party purveyors of contemporary world music.

KITTY MACFARLANE

Driven by her own fingerpicked guitar, somerset-based singer and songwriter Kitty Macfarlane combines lyrics about honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries. The release of her debut EP ‘Tide & Time’ gained her national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, and Tom Robinson’s show on BBC 6Music. Kitty has recently returned from an extensive national support tour with award-winning duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman.

COCO + THE BUTTERFIELDS

Since their inception in 2012, CoCo and the Butterfields have spent much of their time on the road, touring the UK and Europe, selling out headline shows and featuring at many major festivals. Lead by Dulcima Showan, the female fronted band have hit upon a winning formula with their crowd pleasing live act.

EMILY CAPELL

Raised on a diet of Johnny Cash, The Clash, The Smiths, Mod Culture and the top 40, Emily’s approach to song writing is eclectic. Featuring a mixture of blues, indie, pop and punk. Her musical stylings draw from a pool deep and wide and is affectionately described as sounding like the adopted daughter of Jamie T and Billy Bragg, and a distant relative of The Clash and The Libertines.

TOKYO TABOO

Led by singer Dolly Daggerz, Tokyo Taboo’s live shows combine rock and pop punk influences for in-your-face performances featuring hectic, heart-pounding hooks and soaring rock-inspired vocals. They’re big, brash and boisterous and they’ll be on the beach on Saturday at LMF.

AILBHE REDDY

Dublin musician Ailbhe Reddy is a singer-songwriter whose “deeply personal heart-on-her-sleeve lyrics and memorable voice linger with you long after your first taste” (Record of the Day, UK). She’ll be bringing her full band to Looe for her performance at LMF this Septmeber.

AUCTION FOR THE PROMISE CLUB

Fronted by Zoe White Chambers, Auction for the Promise Club have become the Southwest’s worst kept secret. Their debut Album ‘Silence’, was listed in Louder than War Magazine’s Top 50 Albums of the Year as well as receiving coverage on many other music sites. With a fresh slant on indie guitar driven rock, combined with Zoe’s haunting vocals, they’re a band you have to catch live.

BAKA BEYOND

Fusing music from the band-members’ Celtic and African roots for the past 25 years Baka Beyond have become one of the finest dance groups around. Originally inspired by the music of the Baka Forest People, Pygmies whose music and dance have been celebrated since the time of the Pharaohs, the band perform music that crosses the boundaries of genre, age and ethnicity.

Other female names on the bill include Bev Lee Harling, Lorna Reid, Lorraine Lucas, Joli Blon Cajun Band, Honey + The Bear, Falmouth Soul Sensation, Keltique, Stevie Neale and Hannah Sanders.

You can check out the essential ‘Here Come The Girls – Women at LMF2018’ playlist here: