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Get to know Market Lane

When did you first start making music and what led you there? It’s been four years since we started making music together. We met at uni, started jamming in the practice rooms and decided to recreate our favourite songs into original sounding covers with lots of vocal layers – eventually leading us to write our own material in the same vein.

How would you describe your sound and how did you come to it? The group has a common love for infusing older musical traditions into a modern vocal group sound. Having gained a keen interest in jazz and West African music at university, we found ourselves writing tunes that incorporated these disciplines into our own contemporary folk, indie, pop and blues-y sound.

Tell us about the new music you’ll be premiering. The newer songs are of a mostly contemporary folk ilk, with inspiration from groups such as The Staves, Tillery and My Bubba. We sing about our experiences with life, love and mental health, with a dash of politics.

What can we expect from your full-band show? Drums – we’ve got Laura Kirkwood on both drum kit and West African percussion. TJ Patrick will also jump up for some blues-y numbers.All in all, we’ll get down, dirty and vulnerable with a whole set of original tunes.

What do you love about making music? Bringing people together, sharing our stories, and just having a fine old time. The writing process is also a real buzz for us; we listen to so many different styles of music and love creating songs that hint at a number of musical traditions.

Market Lane will play The Toff on Thursday September 6 from 7.30pm, supported by Bec Goring.