Get to know Annabel Allum, FINNO and Rebecca Hurn…
Loaded with pulsating hooks and enigmatic tenacious vocals, Annabel Allum oozes charisma and showcases an innate ability to marry folk-style storytelling with snarling fuzzy indie. The Guildford-based singer-songwriter is one of the most vitally sarcastic voices in the indie scene, with praise coming from key press voices in FADER, DIY and The Line of Best Fit as well as on the airwaves. ‘Not Where You Pretend You Are’, taken from the recent Gravel Not The Grave EP, found its place on Spotify’s New Music Playlist, as well as spins on BBC6 Music and BBC Music Introducing.
“Being awarded the ReBalance scheme is an insanely exciting prospect for me! I would never have had the opportunity to begin work my debut album as economically it’s just very difficult as a self-funded artist. I think it is an excellent scheme with regards to female-identifying artists, and giving them opportunities many of them deserve, but without this might not be considered for”.
Femxle and fierce teenage indie-punk trio from Scunthorpe, FINNO‘s caustic lyricism and furious wall of sound aims to inspire. Since forming in the summer of 2017, they have become a distinctive part of the independent music not only in their hometown of Scunthorpe, but in neighbouring Hull, and this year, FINNO have been consistently performing small headline shows locally, in Leeds at the Wharf Chambers for Grrrls Do That Too, and most notably in Edinburgh at Sneaky Pete’s on International Women’s Day in partnership with Girls Against.
“Being from a small music scene in a town like Scunthorpe, it’s easy to feel cut off from the rest of the UK music scene, but thanks to ReBalance we can bring our visceral and raw music to the attention of more people and record it with a quality we could otherwise never attain if it wasn’t for their help. Plus, the opportunity to work with a femxle producer-mentor is so exciting, particularly as two-thirds of us study music production.”
Rebecca Hurn is a 25-year-old award-winning singer-songwriter based in Cardiff. Her original productions of acoustic guitar, melodies, harmonies are lyrically emotive, and after the release of her EP Waves last year, she became a BBC Radio Wales ‘A’ list recording Artist. The success of her title-track earned her global recognition at The Independent Music Awards in New York City on 22nd June 2019 in the singer-songwriter category – a first for a Welsh artist in this global awards event 18-year history.
Rebecca Hurn said;
“I’m equally excited and encouraged by the programme Festival Republic, PRS Foundation and partners have developed to ReBalance the presence of female artists producers and all others working together to perform & create music in our industry, I can’t wait to get going”
Find out more about the ReBalance finalists here.