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Harri Endersby is a songwriter and musician whose music blurs the lines of the folk genre, drawing inspiration from both contemporary and traditional music, as well as the rugged landscape of County Durham, the place that she calls home. Harri will be performing on the BBC Introducing stage at Hardwick Live on Saturday 17th August, so we caught up with her to find out more.

How did it feel to be picked by BBC Introducing to perform their stage at Hardwick Live?
So exciting. I’ve been so grateful for the support from BBC Tees Introducing over recent years, they’ve helped give me a platform for my music here in the North East and beyond. It’s an honour to be a part of such an incredible line-up and we’re so excited to play!

Describe your sound.
I would class myself as a singer-songwriter, but I work with lots of different musical textures and ideas. I primarily draw from folk music in my writing and arranging, but often incorporate a more contemporary, electronic edge.

What’s your songwriting process?
It feels different all the time. Sometimes a song will take shape within minutes, or lyrics will come and go for a while before taking root. But it’s almost always very private.

 I always find I’m at my most creative after seeing live music – there’s something really inspiring and motivating about witnessing the creativity of others. It reminds me of what I love to do.

Who are your biggest influences?
Musically, they range from Ásgeir, to Aurora, to Paul Simon. Most significantly though, it’s particular places that really inspire my music. Places in the North East feature prominently in my lyrics: Roseberry Topping, Hawthorn Dene, Saltburn beach, Sherburn Hill. My songs have a strong sense of place, exploring our connection with these landscapes and what memories they provoke.

Who are your highlights of this year’s Hardwick Live festival?
I’m always excited to see Cattle & Cane perform live and especially looking forward to the release of their new album. Also, George Boomsma on the BBC Introducing stage – his songs are so well-crafted and incredibly beautiful.

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