BIMM Live Manchester: Izzie Walsh

7th June 2017

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How did the band form?

Simon (Banjo Player), Lewis (Drummer) and I all knew each other from college. We then met our bassist Dan whilst studying at BIMM, and our mandolin player Ben just recently at a gig in Manchester. I wanted a raw traditional sound from my band and these guys helped me acheive this and much more!

Favourite gig you’ve played so far?

This would have to be our EP launch gig at The Deaf Institute. It felt amazing to perform at such a quirky venue and with a bigger ensemble, also the support acts and audience was amazing! It was a great night of celebration.

Highlight of your three years?

Performing at Gorilla at the End of Term gig was so exciting as we had seen the band Tramped by Turtles play there just a few weeks before. It was a great feeling to have the opportunity to perform on the same stage. Another highlight was getting the chance to perform at Sofar Sounds which was an incredible experience!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing play/DJ at BIMM Live?

There are so many amazing artist and bands on the lineup that we are looking forawd to! Too many to choose just one! All of who we’ve had the pleasure of performing alongside and studying with at BIMM.

What can people expect from your set at BIMM Live?

‘These English hillbillies are like a double whiskey in your Earl Grey, putting a kick into their music. Although they can’t bring hay barrels to every gig these troubadours can provide banjo & mandolin which are complemented by toe tapping rhythms & haunting melodies, which in turn tell quite a compelling tale.’

What was the best piece of advice you learnt from BIMM?

To get to know as many people as you can within the music industry and take responsibility for your own music and motivation.

Photo by Denni Hepburn Photography



Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.