17-year-old local folk singer/songwriter Evie Barrand has recently released her debut single Summer’s Warm on Snaith based record label Strange Reality Music, and York Calling got invited to listen.
By Blue Wilson
From Market Weighton in East Riding of Yorkshire, Evie has been working with Chris Miley of Strange Reality Music, who runs projects with young up and coming bands at his local studio. Like her contemporary and fellow Strange Reality Music protégé Fiona Lee, this similarly headstrong, precociously talented musician has already attracted a lot of attention for her live performances ahead of this recording.
Since 2015 she has been playing charity gigs, acoustic open mic sessions in and around Yorkshire and also warmed up the crowd ahead of Chantel McGregor at Junction, Goole in 2016. It was around this time that Evie also started making demos of her songs. She has also made solo appearances at Beverley Folk Festival, Shiptonthorpe Folk In The Field Festival and FolkSail Festival in Goole during the warm but rainy summer of 2017.
Evie is zephyr like with pleasant harmonies and vocals on her new single. There is an imperceptible Celtic sound as if she’s spent long hours listening to the likes of Amy Macdonald and Lisa Hannigan. She is one of a surge of new Generation Z talents emerging from YouTube posts and onto stages and into recording studios near you. She joins the likes of Minnie Birch, Little Rach and Ripon’s own Billie Marten.
Summer’s Warm is a clement mix of Evie’s own accomplished singing and guitar, with gentle drum beat, cymbal and occasional flute (one of the seven instruments she plays), almost mimicking the sound of soft waves breaking on the shoreline. This track is a sweet but slightly melancholy reflection on a stroll she took along Falmouth seafront during a holiday there – in her own words, a “calming song with a happy meaning”. She has a conviction, honesty and sincerity to her music and vocals and a simplicity to her lyrics that makes this an easy listen – a lazy sunny Sunday morning kind of tune.
Evie is very much hoping this is her breakthrough year and we look forward to hearing further new recordings and releases alongside her live appearances. You can catch Evie Barrand live at The Youth Acoustic Night at Junction, Goole on 15 February, 7.30pm, Jaz Bar, Hull on 17 February, 4.30pm and Harrison’s Bar and Grill, Malton on 23 February, 6.00pm. She will also be appearing on BBC Introducing Humberside on 28 February, to be aired on 3 March.
Summer’s Warm by Evie Barrand is available now on: iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music and Bandcamp – where you can also listen to her acoustic B-sides Love Hurts and Help.
Summer’s Warm by Evie Barrand is out now.