If you happen to be in or around London this Friday, there won’t be any better attractions than heading to see Rebecca Riedtmann at the Green Note in Camden. Rebecca is a real rising star of the UK scene, with her debut album ‘Not All Who Wander Have Lost Their Way’ being released to great critical acclaim last year.
She will be joined on the night by Tony Poole, one third of the award winning trio Bennett Wilson Poole and it promises to be a fantastic night of live music. I caught up with Rebecca over the weekend to chat about her music career.
Hi Rebecca, Can I start by asking, what was it that made you want to become a singer in the first place?
Well, when I was growing up we always used to sing along in the car – we’d sing along to things like the Beach Boys, Fleetwood Mac and the Hollies and harmonies. My dad was quite into country music as well, and I don’t think I ever remember a time that I wasn’t singing. I think I was quite shy as a kid and I don’t think I ever had the confidence to get out and do that kind of thing, so it took me a long time to get into the position into being, first of all in cover bands. I was co-writing, and it was great – it was all over the internet, but I could never go out and play the stuff myself, so that was when I started writing by myself more, and being able to play the guitar for myself, instead of standing next to somebody else who doing it for me. When I started writing by myself and getting the band around me, is when it really started to pick up. I’m now playing with some amazing people – I’m so lucky to have the players I’ve got.
So, which artists have influenced you in your career?
Lots! I’m kind of a big fan of Frazey Ford, she’s a big influence. I like Stevie Nicks, K. T. Tunstall. I’m inspired by all of those. I think I respect people who do their own thing, that’s why I like Frazey Ford, that’s why I like Stevie Nicks – they kinda surpass a genre and just do what they want to do. They do what they do, without being commercial or fitting into a role.
Describe your own music to someone who hasn’t heard you before?
I usually say soulful blues and Americana – there you go, 4 words!
Grab a ticket for the Green Note gig on Friday before they it sells out here – https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/rebecca-riedtmann-green-note-tickets/9070335?REFERRAL_ID=twfb
Rebecca will also be joining a stellar line up including Tasha Robertson, Máiréad and Shannon Hynes at our next showcase event in London in the middle of May – details on our ‘live‘ events page!