Tanya Auclair was first recommended to Fresh On The Net by the wonderful Ruth Barnes and from the moment of first hearing the opening bars of this song I knew we were in the presence of a major new talent. Tanya came in to record a session for us at BBC 6 Music where her combination of musical daring, emotional conviction and mastery of loopstation technology left me speechless. Great as this studio recording is, it’s live that she truly shines.
I first heard Lee Griffiths sing ten years ago at the re-opening of London’s Mean Fiddler in the basement of the ill-fated Astoria theatre. Echoing up the stairs to my fressing room from the venue below came a voice of such soulful purity I thought somebody must be playing a Marvin Gaye record. The combination of Lee’s stormy personal life, eloquent way with words and sheer innate musical ability mean that on his night Lee is an incomparable performer.