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Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Imogen Bose-Ward, and I’m from a really small village called Biggar (ironically enough) in central belt Scotland. I have been living in Newcastle for seven years after I moved here to do the folk degree at Newcastle University.

What is it you do?
I am a singer-songwriter and fiddle player. I have been part of instrumental bands as a fiddle player, and have always written and sang on the side, so this is the first time I have stepped out with my songs as my main project.

How long have you been doing it?
I have been writing songs since I can remember really, and have recorded and nearly released so many singles and EPs along the way that haven’t ever made it out of my emails. This time around I wrote a few songs last year that all seemed to sit nicely together so I went into the studio and got them recorded quite soon after I wrote them. After I opened up for The Lake Poets a few times last year, I was determined to let these ones go, and they happened to come out exactly how I heard them in my inner ear as I was writing them.

What inspires you?
I am unbelievably thin-skinned, so I am inspired by so much. Yesterday I was overwhelmed by how nice a cloud looked and wrote a couple of verses about it. Mostly, I am inspired by vulnerability and honesty, my songs are so frank I don’t really have anywhere to hide with them, but that’s what I connect with as a listener. I am really inspired by honest songwriting like Kacey Musgraves, John Martyn, and Bonnie Raitt, and Country/Americana arrangements from John Prine or Townes Van Zandt. I heard an amazing quote by Leonard Cohen the other day, something to the effect of it’s easy to show your scars, it’s hard to show a pimple. Class.

Tell us about your music.
Growing up, I was on a musical diet of hardcore traditional fiddle tunes, acoustic singer-songwriters, and indie bands and I think that pretty much sums my new music up. I have a background in folk music, so of course, that’s a massive part of my sound but I think my love for country/roots and pop really comes through as well. I also love listening to jazz and was lucky enough to have Tom Fletcher and Ian Paterson play on my new music, both of whom have backgrounds in jazz so they bring something really special to it. I also have Will Hammond on drums, who is just one of my favourite musicians ever and offers such a unique and expressive sound to all things percussion.

It’s hard to describe my first couple of singles, they really did just come out this way, ready to go as sad wee folky song packages.

What have you got coming up in the future?
I am going to be releasing my debut single Just Fine on the 30th of June, and have another single coming out later on in the Summer. Just Fine is a song about the end of a friendship, and all the emotions that come with it.

I’ve also got plans in motion for an EP to be released in the Autumn, and have some plans for a gig later on in the year too. Both singles and my EP are recorded/produced by Rob Griffiths who has done such an amazing job, he totally got it from day one.

Where can people find out more about you?
You can find me on Instagram @imogenboseward or on Facebook @imogenbosewardmusic

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