Award-winning singer-songwriter Isobel Thatcher from Fovant goes back to her roots to launch her second EP with long-time supporters.

With her father Tom on bass, her brother Dom on sax, Chris Kirby-Williams on drums and Mark Skerrit on keyboard, she is in Fovant Village Hall on March 23 to perform her new E.P ‘On My Own’.

“Fovant is where my career started and I have a lot of faithful people still coming to my shows, so it felt right to celebrate with people who have supported me from the start,” Isobel said.

“It’s an acoustic set of unheard songs and a full-band performance of songs from both the new and debut EP.”

In the new album, Isobel’s bluesy style remains, but matured, with a range of Country, Blues, Folk and Pop, and includes the addition of saxophone to give a more ‘live-feel’.

The 26-year-old grew her passion for music at Salisbury Cathedral School, playing piano from the age of five.

She has since won awards such as ‘Song of the Year’ in the Tech Music School Songwriters Competition with the song I Won’t and performed it at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, and played at more than 500 gigs around the UK and internationally.

She recorded her debut EP Keeping On in the Wedgewood Studios in Silkeborg, Denmark, and went back for a second time to create On My Own with Mike Wedgewood.

This time around, Isobel had more time to think about “her sound” and said this EP is truer to that. After five years of gigging, she knows in what direction she wants to go, greatly inspired by Blues singer Bonne Raitt.

“I spent a lot more time on exactly what I wanted from the EP: I found my style and I want to continue down that path,” she stressed.

“I feel like I have stepped up as a musician.

“Bonne Raitt is fantastic; she plays guitar, plays Blues, and is a songwriter. I have seen her a couple of time and she has really inspired me.”

Come summer, and in July, Isobel plans to go on her first proper tour. Dates are still to be finalised (keep your eye out), but she revealed Holland and Oxford are on the table and that she will finish off in Salisbury.

Looking further ahead, she wants to record another album and play at more festivals and bigger venues and be able to take up music full-time.

Isobel is currently based in London, but apart from her launch event in Fovant, she will be on BBC Wiltshire on March 16, sometime between 9am and 12noon to give a preview and perform a live lunch at Salisbury Arts Centre on March 30.

The launch show at Fovant Village Hall on Saturday, March 23, is a BYOB event and tickets include a glass of fizz and nibbles.

Visit https://isobelthatcher.com/ to book tickets and see all things Isobel Thatcher.

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