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Listen Up - Marc Woosnam

A look at some of the emerging artists of the acoustic roots & folk circuit

Listen Up - Marc Woosnam
A look at some of the emerging artists of the acoustic roots & folk circuit, this month we focus on singer songwriter Marc Woosnam, who has been a musician for over 25 years, Marc has played on various stages in bands and has recently started performing as a solo artist in his own right, drawing on his life experiences to produce music of love & loss, of good times & bad, creating compelling melodies with powerful vocals and relatable lyrics. His new EP is due out in September.

How would you describe your music ?
This is probably the most difficult question to ask a singer/songwriter, you strive to uniqueness and so the "elevator pitch" can be quite an awkward one. I take inspiration from quite a wide range of other artists and there are probably elements within my music from a variety of sources. Having said that, I listen to an awful lot of Jeff Buckley, Chris Cornell, and Travis Meeks, and inspire to have the same impact on someone else as they do on me. My music comes from a very personal place and I want my music to move people, to mean something. We've all been hurt, we've all hurt someone, we've all loved, and we've all lost; I want to connect with listeners in a raw, emotional way. Some make music to dance to, some make music to sing to, I want to make music to feel to.

What has been your highlight so far?
I've been back performing music for just over a year, after about 15 years out of the game and I've really enjoyed the journey so far. I've not got one big standout moment but there are lots of things that I take from the last year to help propel me forward. Firstly, I've been lucky enough to be on bills with some truly phenomenal performers, some Grammy winning, some chart topping, some that you'd never have heard of. Secondly are the people in the music scene, coming from as band environment many years ago which can be quite cut throat, I found it amazing how supportive other musicians, promoters, and venues are, it's a great community that helps me develop as a musician and as an artist. And lastly, when someone I don't know takes time out to come and see me perform because they like my music is the best feeling, it's those tiny noticeable things that make this worthwhile.

What plans regarding recordings, video, tours etc do you have for the future?
In September I'm releasing my debut EP onto all major streaming services and have physical distribution too. These are all songs that I've written within the last year, performed many times live and I'm really excited to be in this position with songs and recordings I can be proud of. To coincide with this, I'm planning a live streamed performance of the tracks from the EP. I'm playing the Big Berkshire Beach Gig, and Wokingham Festival in August, and September I am playing the Windsor Fringe Festival and Oxjam Windsor. In between I'm playing gigs weekly so please do check out my Facebook page for upcoming events!

Is there anything else you would like to say or any message to our readers ?
This is probably preaching to the converted, but music is important. Music is important for so many people and in so many ways and without people like your readers supporting local, independent, live music, it'll become even harder to find new music outside of the mainstream. We're in an uphill struggle for what little time people have and for them to spend it going to see an independent musician perform is something special.

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