I think many musicians are attracted to their own instrument. But listening to Elizabeth Joy Roe broke down all my instrumental barriers and made me just hear – and it was magnificent.
Caithlin De Marrais is a songwriter with a delightful twang and deep sense of place. I’ve fallen for her well-crafted lo-fi-ness (not something I normally say), where everything sounds real and present and unaltered, and oh-so-true.
I found Rob Sharples, Four Quartets, through Charlie Williams. I am loving his creative imagery and beautiful instrumental structure – I kept discovering new things with every listen.
I fell in in love with Ben Arthur’s music the first night I heard him – his quirky sense of humour balanced the sometimes morose cloud of soul-bearing lyrics. And years later, and I’m still listening with as much rapt attention as that first show.