SongSeeds Guest Speaker Gallery
A quick guide to our SongSeeds Online Songwriting Retreat Guest Speakers...
September 2020 - Carla J Easton
First with Myspace-kids Futuristic Retro Champions, then with SAY longlisted TeenCanteen, then under the alias ETTE, before her first solo album Impossible Stuff, her tunes have seen her championed by Marc Riley, play festivals across the UK, and earn a growing number of dedicated fans.
With her sharp-dressed, white-hot band, her Dreamers on the Run, 2018 saw her release the SAY Shortlisted Impossible Stuff.
Working with Arcade Fire and British Sea Power producer Howard Bilerman, it’s a record that mixes analog synths, sparkling brass and Spector-esque strings with Easton’s finely tuned ear for a hook.
‘Lights in the Dark’ was Record of the Day.
‘Dreamers on the Run’ was Guardian Track of the Week.
‘Wanting What I Can’t Have’ was BBC Scotland Single of the Week.
November 2020 - Shay D
Hailing from the stomping grounds of North London, Shay D’s upbringing and Persian heritage remains at the core of her sound.
Establishing her name within the underground UK Hip Hop circuit, the emcee has numerous levels to her name, excelling in the Grime & Spoken Word scene with her recent projects.
An innate wordsmith, her hustle, passion and drive for music are reflected through her DIY attitude. Not only did she independently release her own album Human Writes which charted the itunes Top 20 Hip Hop chart & secured radio & Spotify playlisting, she curated the first ever all female hip hop tour in the UK, ‘Queens of Art’ in 2019 visiting 8 nationwide cities.
She has featured on BBC 1xtra Live Lounge, Redbull TV & Channel 4 as well as working on projects with Nike, Harvey Nichols, Serato and Swarovski. Shay D has performed at Southbank’s WOW Festival, Glastonbury, Shambala Festival, Milan Fashion Week, and been booked to perform in Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Belgium and Greece.
Shay D champions women in music and works actively in balancing out the female voice in Rap music.
January 2021- Kris Drever
Cherished and admired in equal measure by listeners and fellow musicians, award-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter and prolific collaborator Kris Drever has been a leading light on the UK roots scene for well over a decade.
He has won multiple awards including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts, including glowing reviews from The Herald, The Guardian, Mojo and Q Magazine.
A highly skilled guitarist who adroitly blends traditional folk and flat picking with more contemporary influences – allied to a distinctively relaxed and poised vocal burr – Drever is an astonishingly fine interpreter of others’ songs, with an increasingly frequent knack for concocting seriously smart lyrical observations and earworm melodies of his own.
Drever has played and recorded with an extensive range of artists including Mark Knopfler, Jack Bruce, Danny Thompson, Eddi Reader, Bela Fleck, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Sarah Jarosz, Joan As Police Woman, Tinariwen, Karine Polwart and Julie Fowlis.