Fresh List #15: International Women’s Day 2015

Wolf Alice

Artists at a glance

ANNIE EVE
CAT POWER
CHRIS PUREKA
DAUGHTER
DEBS MCCOY
HANNAH PEEL
IBEYI
JASMIN KASET
JESSICA BAILIFF
JULIETTE LEWIS
KATE TEMPEST
LEAH COLOFF
LYDIA AINSWORTH
MARIKA KACKMAN
MARY EPWORTH
NINA SIMONE
PJ HARVEY
RACHEL SERMANNI
ROMA DI LUNU
SKINNY GIRL DIET
SUZANNE VEGA
THE BE GOOD TANYAS
THE SUNDAYS
THE UNTHANKS
WOLF ALICE

As part of International Women’s Day 2015, Fresh On The Net’s Debs McCoy has put together a selection of bands and artists to highlight women in music, from the iconic Nina Simone to new and emerging acts such as Marika Hackman and Wolf Alice.

Tracklist
NINA SIMONE – Strange Fruit (Live in New York 1965)
CAT POWER – Human Being
LEAH COLOFF – Lament
IBEYI – Think of You
JASMIN KASET – Food
THE BE GOOD TANYAS – In My Time Of Dying
JESSICA BAILIFF – Sanguine
KATE TEMPEST – The Beigeness
CHRIS PUREKA – Damage Control
SUZANNE VEGA – Rosemary
MARY EPWORTH – Black Doe
JULIETTE LEWIS – Fantasy Bar
PJ HARVEY – A Perfect Day Elise
DEBS MCCOY – Propogate
WOLF ALICE – Moaning Lisa Smile
DAUGHTER – Shallows
SKINNY GIRL DIET – Prozac Nation
LYDIA AINSWORTH – Malachite
THE SUNDAYS – I Won
RACHEL SERMANNI – Eggshells
THE UNTHANKS – Black Trade
ANNIE EVE – Bodyweight
MARIKA KACKMAN – Ophelia
HANNAH PEEL – The Almond Tree
ROMA DI LUNU – The Romance of Wolves

Debs McCoy

Debs is a painter and photographer as well as a maker of music. She trained at The Kent Institute of Art & Design and Goldsmith's, University of London. She has exhibited extensively in recent years including shows in London, Canada, Japan and San Francisco. She exhibited at The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Arts, Newcastle, alongside Yoko Ono and Fluxus exhibitions in 2008. She has taught on Fine Art undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the UK. Debs used to work as an Art Psychotherapist in the NHS. She now focusses on creating and performing her music and creating visual art, predominantly still and moving image. debsmccoy.com @TheDebsMcCoy on Twitter

6 Comments

  1. A Lovely selection of music

    Nice one Debs :-D

    ‘Strange Fruit’ is without doubt one of the most poignant songs of all time and Kate Tempest has had my ear for so many years now as one of our greatest ever spoken word poets. That Debs McCoy is fairly awesome to I hear ;-) I am still resisting spotify so sadly cant listen to this great list! I know it’s silly right! , but cant seem to get over it just yet!

    Solidaridy Sisters :-D xo

  2. Cheers HH!
    Strange Fruit can reduce me to tears in a matter of seconds…..
    Kate Tempest is indeed fantastic and that Debs McCoy…well, she’s a cheeky one sneaking in on the playlist ;)
    You should get yourself on Spotify!!
    Dx

  3. Great work Debs – and top props for opening with the mighty Nina Simone. On stage behind her grand piano she truly was a lioness… Good to see Hannah Peel too – another fine artist who deserves far wider recognition.
    T x

  4. Cheer Tom,
    I really would have loved to see Nina Simone play live – if I could go back in time that’s one thing that would be at the top of the list. Did you get to see Nina play live Tom?
    Yeah Hannah Peel is great – I absolutely love the way she uses her voice.
    Dx

  5. Tom

    Hey Debs – yeah, my wife took me to see her in London at The Dominion as a birthday treat one year. She was fantastically grouchy and cantankerous with the audience – and her band – but there was no doubt at all that we were In The Presence Of Greatness. And her piano playing was just breathtaking… At one point she was about to begin a song and suddenly said to the band “I think we’ll play this in G sharp major tonight” and promptly transposed it up a semitone higher. Luckily they were all good enough musicians they were able to do the same and keep up with her…

  6. Wow you lucky chap Tom! She was indeed an absolute legend and has had such a huge impact and influence on folks over the years, musicians and non-musicians alike. An incredibly gutsy woman with enormous talent. She’s an absolute inspiration.

    That’s a lovely story about her changing the key to a song moments before…..I’ve got in trouble from folks who’ve played with me for changing the time and key of songs either at the start or midway through when playing live! But thats cause I’m shit and get a bit carried away in the moment not cause I’m a musical legend! Ha ha! ;)

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