25 Mar 2015

I've moved my blog

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12 Mar 2015

International Women's Day with Mara Carlyle

The Other Woman is celebrating International Women’s Day by featuring a kick-ass musician who takes no crap from the industry and operates independently and on her own terms. Last year it was Little Boots – we talked about her brush with mainstream super-stardom, walking away from it all and starting her own record label.

This year I have Mara Carlyle another extraordinary and inspirational talent in the studio. She recently had her beautiful album Floreat dubbed one of the best albums of the decade by Fact Magazine, she’s worked with Matthew Herbert, Joe Goddard, Plaid, The Invisible and is constantly pushing the boundaries between pop, jazz, classical and beyond.  She also is an expert musical saw player!

You can listen again to the show here:

Guardian Podcast - How to Make It in the Music Industry

I've started a new podcast for The Guardian!

The UK music industry, fuelled by the success of acts such as Sam Smith and Adele, contributed £3.8bn to the UK economy in 2013, according to UK Music's annual report. However despite this, banks still seem reluctant to invest in independent musicians.

What is it that traditional lenders find so off-putting about the creative industries? If musicians want to grow their businesses, where can they go if they are denied mainstream support? What strategies can they use to grow in a digital world?

Talking to music experts Claire McNeil from Aim Start-Ups, Sarah Thirtle from Creative Industry Finance, Julia Payne from The Hub and Keith Wyatt from record label Indie Kitchen, presenter Ruth Barnes hears how musicians can make moves to increase their bottom line.

Joining the conversation is musician Tom Twyman from Coco and the Butterfields, a band that has self-financed through busking and gigs. The band recorded two tracks in the Guardian studio exclusively for the podcast.

The Other Woman at the Purcell Room

Southbank Centre and Amazing Radio’s Ruth Barnes present new and upcoming artists in the Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Book Tickets Now

Hannah Lou Clark

Hannah's debut EP Silent Type, released in November 2014, marked the first public airing after her previous project Foe disbanded two years ago.
Hannah has since been deservedly lauded by the likes of NME and Clash Magazine, and championed by the likes of Drowned in Sound as an artist to watch in 2015.
'From it's opening drum machine thud and flicker of guitar to its lullaby-like closer 'My Game', Silent Type is more assured and sublime" (NME)

27 Jan 2015

Nat Johnson London date - 5 February

Nat Johnson hails from Sheffield and you'll probably already know her as the former leader and frontwoman of indie stalwarts Monkey Swallows the Universe.

Lately she's been out on her own and her solo material just gets better and better - like this latest album Neighbour of the Year.

The Other Woman presents the London date at The Finsbury - come one, come all! There's support from one woman music making machine Autumnmusic too.

Thursday 5 February - Facebook event here.

One favourite from Nat's album is Not Now, Horse:

Tickets here!

Thanks for reading,

TOW's Ruth Barnes

20 Jan 2015

Amazing Radio acoustic on The Other Woman

We’re celebrating Amazing Radio Acoustic this week on Amazing Radio and so we’ve delved into the Amazing Sessions archive for some of the best female artists who’ve recorded for us. We’re a lucky lot – including British New Yorker Wilsen, Londoner Dear Pariah, angel-voiced Gabby Young and New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins to name a few. Listen again here.

7 Jan 2015

The Other Woman at Radiocity at Tate Britain

Fabulous performance artist, radio presenter and all round showbiz personality Scottee has asked me to host a few days of Towerblock Tracks as part of Tate Britain's Radiocity series. Scottee's idea is that everyone loves Radio 4's Desert Island Discs (don't they?!) so why not have a show for us normals.

Just sign up here at the website for free and book yourself in for an indepth chat about the music that's shaped your life, then it goes up on on the website as a podcast. What could be more fun! I'll be there Mon/Tues 12/13 Jan and Scottee hosts the rest of the week. Come and join us...