Introduction and Resources

Domestic abuse is alluded to throughout the songs and mentioned in the programme notes, and music can sometimes cause unexpected emotional responses. Please be reminded that at any point during these performances, you are free to leave or take a…

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Grace Lightman

Grace Lightman is our amazing support act for tonight! She's a feminist powerhouse and I'm always amazed at how inventive and fresh her sound is. I can't wait to hear what she has in store for us tonight. She has…

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1. Say You Will

‘Say You Will’ is a country-inspired song which articulates the frustration and impotence that comes from witnessing a friend going through this emotional abuse, and is directed at the perpetrator. The song makes direct references to lack of accountability in…

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2. Colours Have Gone

"Colours Have Gone" is a folk song that draws from the rich tradition of storytelling and advice-giving in folk music. The song is written from the perspective of a woman who, like Tess in Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the d'Urbervilles,"…

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3. Things That Men Have Said to Me

As the title suggests, this song consists of things that men have said to me. I have not made up any of the things in the song! However I have intentionally arranged the phrases for comic effect and to tell…

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4. Unkind

Domestic abuse works to erode self agency (Davey, 2015, para. 46), and ‘Unkind’ is a song which seeks to address just that. The singer feels unrecognisable to herself as she loses her sense of identity within a toxic relationship, and…

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5. Where You Gonna Run?

‘Where You Gonna Run?’ Is a response to the prevalent fear of the wrath of women and how this fear stems from the consistent wrongs done to women across all sections of society. The song explores the idea that women…

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6. Back to Bed

"Back to Bed" explores the emotional toll of long-term trauma and the cumulative effects of feeling disconnected from society. The slow and repetitive motion of the chords in G Modal tuning create a trance-like backdrop for the lyrics, which paint…

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7. Moonshine

 

"Moonshine" is a song that explores the theme of seduction through the lens of the female experience. The concept of seduction is often associated with femininity and witchcraft, with women being accused of using their power to entice and control…

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8. Strained Girl

This song is a commentary on the challenges that modern-day women, especially teenage girls and young women, face in the world of neoliberalism. Women today are constantly pulled in different directions due to the pressures of capitalism, and Haliliuc (2019)…

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9. Bumblebee

Relationships with animals can sometimes feel easier than relationships with humans - anecdotally, this feels true for myself and others that I’ve spoken to. This might be because there is a certain simplicity to a relationship with animals that we…

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10. Freedom

The final song of the album explores the concept of personal agency and transformative power. The lyrics describe a journey of self-discovery and the realisation that we often possess abilities and strengths that we never knew existed. The imagery of…

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