Earlier this week I wrote a post about DAREFest, an event I’m very excited about. It’s a one-day festival offering workshops on empowering women through music, and celebrating some of the finest local riot grrrl musicians and bands. If you want to read more about it you can find my post here, or check out their website.
In the spirit of support for the fabulous women who make the music scene in Scotland what it is today, from folk to jungle, jazz, house, bluegrass, pop, reggae, punk, and everything in between, I’m sharing some of my favourites. They are the women whose music I’ll listen to and whose gigs I go to. They’re recommended by my friends. Some of them are my friends.
There is no shortage of talented women in all genres of music here in Scotland. When I started writing about DAREFest, I initially wanted to add a wee list of some of the fabulous lassies whose music I’d discovered over the years, or who came recommended by friends with impeccable taste. This is that list.
There’s Anikonik, who plays jungle, drum & bass, and footwork. She’s one of the co-founders of the Dundee and Edinburgh based Junglism, and is one of my very favourites. Or the legend that is Bob, aka Roberta Pia. Bob is an Edinburgh institution, a multi-talented performer, singer, DJ and writer. Cera Impala is a banjo-playing goddess with an affinity with any instrument bearing a string, and Nem has a gorgeous voice that will give you goosebumps, as well as the ability to spin an incredible reggae/dub set.
Here are some of my favourites, and some artists recommended to me. Have a listen!
Amy Lou Rogers: SoundCloud folk
Cera Impala: Website folk, banjo
Eclair Fifi: SoundCloud dance/electronic
Elizabeth Veldon: BandCamp experimental electronica
Honeyfarm: Facebook hiphop
Ma Bla: SoundCloud tek, acid techno
Mo Ford: Facebook Americana, blues, country, bluegrass, jazz
Nem: SoundCloud reggae/dub, vocalist
Siren: Soundcloud breaks