Mary Epworth – Living the Dream
Many musicians insist that their path into writing and performing was decided upon from a very young age. Music was their life and they wanted to make their life the music.
Mary Epworth started out on with an alternative career path in mind.
“Ever since I was a kid I loved to draw. As I grew up I decided that I wanted to be an author illustrator. I was quite definite about what I wanted to be and quite sorry for people who didn’t know themselves.
“Once I started my art course at college I realized I hated it and went through the teenage equivalent of a mid-life crisis before my 18th birthday!
“Fortunately I did have another interest and that was music. I had been singing in bands since I was 14 and when I realized that the dream of being an artist wasn’t for me I put all my efforts into writing and performing. It was an alternative expression of creativity and in many ways much more productive.
“Looking back now I am certain this was the best decision I made as a young person – and believe me I made a few duff ones, “ she adds with a smile.
On the eve of her latest album release, for Mary Epworth, the very best material - and major influences come from the past.
“I was brought up on a diet of eclectic music and – like most people – I was heavily influenced by what I heard as a child. In my house that was pretty much everything from 60s soul and pop to 70s progressive rock and punk.
“I’ve never been directly influenced by people when I am writing but there’s no doubt that what I listened to in the past has an impact I’ve always enjoyed audacious artists and performers. You wouldn’t think it from listening to my work but punk was a big favourite of mine. In fact, lots of my favourite music is the opposite of what I actually write!”
Her new album, Dream Life has a strong folk feel, with nods to everyone from Genesis to Fairport Convention.
“It was an interesting album to write and though I am a fan of concept albums this isn’t one. I wrote most of these tracks at different times and in different places. Each is like a diary of where I am in my life at the time and a reminder of what I was doing.
“I was also keen to produce the album myself because I wanted to produce something that was not going to be altered in any way. I owe a lot to the Art Council and the grant I was able to get as well as my ‘other-half’ who produced the album and also performs with me.
“Of course it was more hard work but the personal rewards are huge in comparison. In an era where instant fame without personal direction is so prevalent, I feel sorry for those young people seduced by the promise of a million pound recording deal for winning X Factor because it’s so deceptive.
“A million pound deal doesn’t mean a million pounds in your pocket. Once everything from studios to producers have been paid, you’re lucky to have spare change left!
“I’ve been playing music long enough now to be cynical. The biggest change has to be the Internet. It’s such an important weapon in any new musician’s arsenal and can help you reach audiences you only dreamed of years ago.
“Naturally it has down sides too – piracy certainly hurts all performers – but I think the positives certainly outweigh the negatives.”
An East Anglia girl – she hails from Bishop Stortford – outside music Mary loves to walk in the countryside.
“I love where I live. I’m close enough to London to never have to relocate and on the weekends especially I like nothing more than heading off on a seven mile walk , finishing the evening off with a nice pub meal with friends. I’m also obsessed with wildlife and think we often fail to enjoy the environment around us.”
Attractive, talented and firmly in control, Mary’s feet are planted firmly on the ground. With star quality without star trappings she deserves the success her new album should deliver.
Dream Life is released on June 18th through Hand of Glory/ADA.
If you want to learn more about her forthcoming gigs then visit her website at http://www.maryepworth.com
George R Vaughan
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