With a warm, pure vocal tone and articulate delivery that evokes the folk movement of the early ’60s as well as contemporaries like Lucy Dacus (whom she cites as an influence), singer/songwriter Bess Atwell first won over the U.K. with performances at festival showcases in 2015. Featuring earnest lyrics, lilting melodies, and a mix of spare acoustic and plugged-in, full-band arrangements, her debut album, ‘Hold Your Mind’, arrived in 2016 and she’s never looked back. She made it onto the playlists of BBC Radio One and Two as well as 6 Music, leading to touring opportunities, including appearances at Green Man Festival and back at The Great Escape Festival.
Before beginning work on her second album, she shopped a demo of her song “Grace” to record labels, eventually deciding to go the independent route. She headed to the studio with her backing band and producer Giles Barrett (Johnny Flynn, the Spook School). The single ‘Swimming Pool’ and an official version of ‘Grace’ are our favourites. One not to be missed!