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“A great singer and a virtuoso guitarist who is really relaxed and comfortable in her own skin; she really, really was exciting and definitely original onstage.” – Vic Galloway, BBC 6

Girl From Winter Jargon at Music Box Festival, Darlington - Photo Credit Mark Blizzard

Girl From Winter Jargon at Music Box Festival, Darlington – Photo Credit Mark Blizzard

Girl From Winter Jargon comprises impassioned vocals with quirky guitar riffs to create intricate layers… interwoven with angles and curves.
A multi-instrumentalist with introspective and ambiguous words, executed with total abandon and a lack of inhibition. Girl From Winter Jargon has received support from BBC 6 Music Introducing and was chosen alongside 9 other Artists for BBC Music Introducing in the North East’s Tips for 2020. She has performed a number of exclusive live sessions for both BBC Tees and BBC North East Music Introducing.

Hailing from the ‘not-overly-interesting,’ (but pleasantly scenic) pit mining villages of County Durham in the North East of England, her moniker derives from a made-up-phrase born out of childhood imagination, which later became the name of her beloved first (and only) band, the now defunct – ‘Winter Jargon.’

Girl From Winter Jargon @ Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough

Girl From Winter Jargon @ Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough

For live performances, Girl From Winter Jargon favours a stand-alone, showcased guitar sound, led by her nuance-rich, dynamic vocals and accompanied by an array of unique guitar tricks, loopers, effects pedals and Ebow. Endeavouring to bridge the gap between solo performer and loud rock band – live sets fuse and merge with improvised transitions and layers built entirely from the ground up, with rhythmic, other-worldly soundscapes that drone, stutter and glitch.

Girl From Winter Jargon’s Spotify Debut is ‘Without Apology’ – a drumless, whimsical, dark cabaret, in which the listener can expect to hear rich, swooping vocals; intricate guitar riffs; chiming bell-like guitar loops; a woodwind section and some incongruous slap bass.

The song’s lyrics and overall vocal delivery are dark and pointed – albeit, with a hopeful twist. Its message is one of great personal importance to the Artist, taking on the form of something akin to a mission statement. 

In her own words, “Without Apology is about willing yourself to be brave, and braver still in the face of fear and adversity. It is about mental confliction… a frustration aimed inward but also towards others for failing to recognise a need to change. Ultimately, its a song about triumph and integrity… because it’s important to be honest about how you feel, and to speak out about situations, even when you know it won’t go down well.”

Without Apology was written, performed and recorded by Girl From Winter Jargon at home, using a variety of instruments; vocals, guitar, bass and clarinet. Consisting of around 80 individually recorded tracks in total; the song’s tempo is set to a moderate walking pace – slightly reminiscent of a French Chanson. Without Apology builds to a polyphonic climax; a trio of intertwining clarinets, guitars and choir-like background vocals. 

Without Apology was mixed and mastered with the assistance of Rob Irish, who has previously worked with The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens, Jodie Nicholson and Mel B from the Spice Girls. Irish describes Without Apology as “a labyrinthine cabaret, which she wrote and painstakingly recorded every part for herself.”

Girl From Winter Jargon falls happily into the Indie-Alternative genre, while borrowing elements from a number of others: neoclassical, dark cabaret, jazz, gypsy, steam punk, grunge, post-punk, proto-grunge, pre-raphealite, surrealism and baroque pop.

Drawing comparisons to the likes of Jeff Buckley, Anna Calvi and PJ Harvey – she sights Jonny Greenwood and James Dean Bradfield among her main guitar influences, along with a whole host of others: Joey Santiago, Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Anna Calvi, Graham Coxon (Blur) and Joni Mitchell, ‘for her innovative tunings and delicate finger picking.’ Her favourite bands and artists include The Dresden Dolls, Radiohead, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, Manic Street Preachers and Pixies.   Read more about Girl From Winter Jargon’s Top 5 Inspiration Guitarists… 

When you first hear Girl From Winter Jargon you take a deep breath and lament…
your own poor singing voice…

and how you barely mastered power chords at all.
Then you shake your head and just soak in the phenomenal songwriting and intense performance that almost makes music a solid and physical thing.
Once described as ‘the female Jeff Buckley,’ she is Durham’s own Girl from Winter Jargon
Win Big Records

“We fell in love with her music on first listen. The looping atmospherics that are made to look so natural and simple with her dominating vocal range reminiscent of a ‘Siné’ Jeff Buckley.”
Sad For Life Records

“She is a great songwriter, great guitarist, great singer and she also owns a 25 year old pet dove. I mean, it’s all win-win really isn’t it?”
Bob Fischer, BBC Tees