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Elly McCabe

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Bristol, United Kingdom

Elly McCabe is a singer/songwriter and self-taught harpist from Bristol, UK. After doing guest vocals on the track “Lover” (aka Black Submarine’s “Lover”), for her father (ex-Verve lead guitarist Nick McCabe)’s new band The Black Ships (aka Black Submarine) and performing live to a sold out show at the King’s College London Student Union, London, UK (2 Jun 2011). Elly then took her six years of writing her own material, to play live to audiences around the South-West of England.

Her music is a hybrid mix of Celtic-style harp and soaring vocals that have been compared to Tori Amos, Florence + the Machine and Amy Lee. “I I could sing, when I first started writing my music I always had it in mind I’d have somebody else sing my songs! It was only after my secondary school music teacher forced me on stage for a GCSE performance with just me, a mic and a guitar that people started turning around and telling me off for being a ‘dark horse’ about a voice I never even realized I had, and truthfully, I still don’t!”

McCabe started writing her own songs after her grandmother taught her piano at the age of 8. “All I could play was Fur Elise, and I would play it over and over again until my neighbours would eventually complain. When I realized I was doing everybody’s head’s in. I just tinkered around with my little Yamaha, a Christmas present from my Dad, made up some pointless chord progressions and there I was. Off and away. They weren’t complex songs, there was nothing revolutionary about what I was doing, I was just a 12 year old kid with a good idea seemingly.”

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