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2017 had been a rather interesting year. We’ve been lucky enough to fill our pages with some incredible creative talent, so we asked a few of them to share some thoughts on the year just gone. We caught up with Marie Nixon from The Cornshed Sisters to find out about her year.

What was your best moment?
Seeing our new record Honey And Tar all new and shiny and wrapped in cellophane back from the pressing plant. 
The election of Doug Jones in Alabama was a lovely little end-of-year boost too. 

And your worst moment?
The 1 ½ hours we were left on the roadside in sub-zero temperatures by the RAC when our van broke down in Northallerton on the way to our Manchester gig. We had to be rescued by the Police in a big van with cells in it. It was like a scene from The Force North East but with fewer swear words and more red cheeks and frozen fingers. 
Actually it’s Brexit, and the ongoing erosion of everything that is great about this welcoming and generous country by a cruel and inhuman government. 

Your favourite band of the year?
Warm Digits – we heart those guys

Your favourite song of the year?
Big Thief – Shark Smile

Favourite TV of the year?
Detectorists and The Handmaid’s Tale.

Your favourite film?
Hidden Figures – I did three big snotty sobs during this film – antisocial cinema behaviour I know but this story really got me. Go on incredible maths ladies of NASA – you are so very, very brainy and right and great! 

Favourite venue of the year?
Pop Recs – warm, welcoming, witty and delightful – and that’s just the staff. Pop Recs are always really happy to support artists from putting on gigs to putting on the kettle those lads are bobby dazzlers. 

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Kraftwerk in 3D at the Sage Gateshead. It was lovely of the lads to create the image of a spaceship hovering over my house, and to populate my dreams for the subsequent week with cyclists chanting “machine, machine, machine, machine, machine, machine”. 

What gifts were on your letter to Santa this year?
Some new knobs for my guitar – a smashed a couple off when rehearsing for our December tour and it looks a bit wonky without them. 

And finally, what has 2018 got in store for you?
We’ll be working on a commission for an art project in Sunderland and starting a programme to help get more young women into music. We’ll also be doing more writing and some shows in Ireland and beyond.

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