Alice Brown

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Alice writes and performs all her own songs known for her use of a 12 string guitar and an iconic Flying V guitar. While she learnt to play, the basics at school, then self taught fingerpicking on a 12 string. It has been in the last 4 years that she took her music to a wider audience. Now, she has released her 3rd album (June 2020) under the name of Alice and the Rainbow String Band called At Ease made up of new songs being produced and arranged by Martin Stephenson (of Martin Stephenson and the Daintees) with Susanna Wolfe on backing vocals. Not content with this currently working another Alice and Rainbow String Band album album named the Traveller Cycle, includes guests singing various parts on the concept album. She finished work on an EP of the songs that didn’t make it on to the Traveller Cycle album, called Traveller Stories ( released on 30th November 2019) Last year (2019), she recorded her first ever Deep House track, fulfilling a fascination she has with Trance music. It all began when she did her first live performance ever was at a close friends wedding in Dornoch Cathedral, in front of 200 guests, which Alice freely admits, “was the most daunting experience ever and came off from playing shaking like the proverbial leaf ”. This did however lead on to over events twice playing at Eden Court for Charity events. The 2016 event was a great challenge as she was asked to perform for half and hour with no material written! “I did it and well the rest is history” This led Alice to fulfil a childhood dream and record her own album, Acoustic, which rapidly was corrupted to A Coo Stick. The idea of the album was it was to be all acoustic and instrumental, but as Alice herself says “it didn’t turn out like that!”. It was encouragement from one of her close friends who heard a very rough draft of the album said, “You need to do more like the Bear song”. It took a while to realise what this cryptic message meant. More songs with singing on them, and so the album took this path and after some twists and turns, it has now been released in December 2017.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Fun and relaxation. A creative outlet for me, which allows me to express my feelings and comments on the world around us.

What is your music dream?

That people like what I do and appreiciate it

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

With Love

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Hello Goodbye - The Beatles, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Yes, Mike Oldfield, Jethro Tull, Alan Parsons Project

What inspires you to make music?

Don't really know, most probably fulfilling a childhood dream, which has come to fruition and is now in full flow

What is the message you want to send with your music?

Enjoy!

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Nervous and exhilaration at the same time, on the other hand I generally dislike playing live.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Hellish, need more venues to perform in, and slash the power of the streaming giants and give more money back to the people who write, record and perform the material

What do you think of Drooble?

Enjoying the experience of being on the platform and the interaction with other like minded musicians and the diversity they bring

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Monopolies of promoters who if you don't fit in, bye

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Sometimes, by going along to gigs I do want to see. Fed up with non stop cover bands nowadays

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Bloodymindedness

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Susannah Wolfe Band, Love Ancients, Martin Stephenson and the Daintees, Wilddogz