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Over the past twelve months, our magazine and website have been brimming with super-talented, creative souls. We’ve asked a few of them to tell us about their 2020 and offer a few tips about great stuff they’ve seen, watched and read.

Here, vocal and guitar loop artist Girl From Winter Jargon tells us about her 2020…

Sum up 2020 in three words

Challenging. Equalising. Inevitable…

What skills did you learn in lockdown?

I wasn’t sure I’d learned any, but that’s probably not true. Self-improvement can often be so gradual that you barely notice it happening. Mindfulness, tolerance, better communication and acceptance of what you can’t control. Looking after yourself and others. Those are all good things to try to attain to.

Your favourite band/artist of the year?

Probably Fiona Apple… It took me a while to listen to her latest album, Fetch the Boltcutters, because I felt like I needed to be in the right frame of mind for it. Plus, I’m quite old fashioned, in that I’d rather designate a listening space and hear it on a decent stereo system without distraction, than download or stream it. Hers is not the sort of music you want to stick on in the car or have on in the background. It deserves better. Her words are so impressive; intelligent, personal and relatable. She manages to write in a way that’s fluid and conversational. As the listener you’re made to feel like a confidant. The music is wonderfully angular and jerky and ‘everywhere’ too. I’ve always been a fan, but with each album there seems to be more honesty and integrity. She just gets better and better with age.

Your favourite song of the year?

Nadine Shah’s Kitchen Sink, because of the words. There are certain things that need to be said.

Best book you read?

I read the same chapter of Mary Poppins over and over to an elderly friend who was dying in hospital. She might have heard me. I’m not sure. It was the chapter about the bird lady. It’s a similar thing to, “I am Groot,” where you’re led to believe that “feed the birds, tuppence a bag,” are the only words she can say, and the only words she’ll ever need in any given situation. It’s a very funny, sad, cute, heart-warming book, not anywhere near as saccharine as the Disney version. There’s something about the characters and the writing itself that’s very… human.

Venue you are looking forward to performing at next year?

Any of them to be honest, so long as the circumstances are better. And if not, then it’s a good idea to help keep local venues afloat through online fundraising. I’m looking forward to getting my crowdfunder reward T shirts from Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough and The Georgian Theatre, Stockton. I will wear them proudly!   

What was your favourite gig/live stream event?

NARC. TV has been consistently good. It’s as close as you’ll get to a traditional gig in your own home, the sound quality is excellent and the presenters give the whole thing a nice, sociable, homely vibe.

Any upcoming artists we should keep an eye out for in 2021?

I’d love to hear more recorded material from Tall Talker and Wax Heart Sodality. I very recently discovered an instrumental jazz band from Newcastle called The Abbie Finn Trio and I quite like what they’re doing. Ideally, I’d also love to hear a new Barry Hyde album.

Predictions for 2021?

I suspect things might get worse before they get better, and that the world will become increasingly mad and scary. Ultimately though, I know it’s all going to be okay. 

And finally, have you got anything in the pipeline for next year?

Yes. I’ll be releasing a limited edition 7” Double-A side Single Vinyl with Butterfly Effect Records in Darlington. The release will include two new tracks, Song For The Waves and Matilda, along with some handmade, lino-printed artwork made by myself. I’ve been working on this particular project for quite some time now and can’t wait to finally release it. 



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