Multi-instrumentalist acoustic roots duo Lily & Meg are set to release their brand new single I’ll Be Yours as well as stopping by the Louisiana for a special intimate headline show at Electric Harmony‘s penultimate Basement Sessions. When we first listened to Lily & Meg’s music, we were immediately drawn in by their beautiful harmonies and timeless songwriting. Lily (Birmingham) and Meg (London) having studied at Falmouth University, share their passion for music, blending banjo, guitar, keys, harmonica and vocals to completely capture those special moments. Mustafa caught up with Lily & Meg this week to talk about their journey so far, new single and future plans.
Thanks guys for taking part in our interview, how are you today?
We’re very well- had a small trauma with our keyboard breaking today. But we’re all hanging in there.
First of all for people who aren’t familiar, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves and your music, where did it all start?
We started playing together in April 2012. We met at Falmouth University on the Popular Music degree and first started working together in a gypsy, folk band before moving onto our duo work.
Neither us are from Falmouth, we came down to study at the Uni. Lily is originally from the midlands and Meg is from London so we’re definitely not Cornish…sshh!
Your music has been described as ‘Pop and Folk’ but there’s indeed more to it, multi-instrumentals of acoustic roots, intoxicating harmonies and beautifully crafted songwriting that completely capture those moments. How would you describe your sound?
Very well put Mustafa! We’re all about the live sound and capturing the moment and the vibe. It’s more recently that we’ve started exploring darker themes in our music thinking more closely about intricate harmony and interesting chord progressions. Like any musicians our music is maturing the more we play and write together and explore new artists.
You’ve been based in Cornwall over the past year, submerging yourselves in its unique scene and music traditions. How has the South West influenced you and your music?
We’ve actually been based in Cornwall for the past 3 years and the South West has most definitely influenced us as musicians. We have had the most incredible place to create the roots for our music, with not only inspiring landscapes but also inspiring people! We’ve had the opportunity to play in incredible, unconventional venues to some wonderful audiences and we can’t stress enough how appreciative we are of that.
We can’t wait to see you guys at Electric Harmony’s Basement Sessions this month, excited to be playing back in Bristol?
Yes! We love Bristol! It’s home from home… one of the few places that shares Falmouth’s spirit!
You’re new single ‘I’ll Be Yours’ is coming out, can you tell us a little bit about that?
We’re very excited about our new single ‘I’ll Be Yours’. We recorded the single with a friend of ours from Cornwall called Ryan Jones, we had a great time producing the track and exploring its possibilities in the studio- we’ve come out with something a little bit different to our usual! It’s going to be an online release to be available from Thursday 16th Oct. We have also filmed a video for the song with a good friend of ours, Connor MacLeod; this will be available to view online soon!
Congratulations on the relaunch of Somerwick Sessions! Sounds like a great project introducing new music and supporting the local scene. Can you give us a little insight into how this began?
Thank you! It began in our second year of university, a local promoter ‘Dueling Kazoos’ put us onto it and we loved it! It gave us a real insight into what goes on the other side of a gig – we’d only ever played them before, never put them on.
At the time we had too much on with our university work so we had to leave the Sessions be after an incredible event at The Barefoot Amphitheatre- a cliff top venue right on the South coast.
Needless to say we found something that was really worth investing our time into, and we have received so much support from audiences and musicians alike! So we are extremely happy to have been given the opportunity to re-launch the Sessions and really give them the chance to become as wonderful as they have the potential to be!
There have certainly been some top acts this year, who has been your favourite artist?
Well we put the music on, so obviously we think they’re all incredible!
Alfresco Love Sounds definitely smashed it though – his first live gig with so much new material!
With 2014 nearly reaching it’s end, what’s next for guys?
New single, UK Tour with Ruarri Joseph in November, recording our new EP to be released in the New Year, Europe tour in January and much more in the pipe line!! 🙂
I’ll Be Yours will be available online from this Thursday, 16th October. Be sure to catch Lily & Meg on 26th October down at the Louisiana for Electric Harmony’s Basement Sessions, a special show not to be missed! Get your tickets here.
Interview by Mustafa Mirreh