We at Music Unbuttoned have have had the pleasure of seeing Isobel's live performances many times before. She can be found gigging in and around Salisbury, more recently performing at venues in London. So now is the time to catch one of Isobel's live performances.
Isobel does a vast range of material, which include original songs, modern covers and even some old blues covers. Every cover song performed by Isobel has been treated to an overhaul giving her own style to each song. An example of this is the Magic Sam song 'I Don't Want No Woman'. Isobel has taken this masculine song which was originally performed on an electric guitar and transformed it to become a feminine song performed acoustically.
The most enjoyable aspect of Isobel's performances is her outstanding voice, she has a smokey tone and elegant delivery. Her voice will enhance any song and take it to new and exciting places.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF?
I used to think of myself as a vocalist first and foremost, guitarist second but recently I have developed what I do with the guitar. Also having the guitar is a bit of a comfort, but I do still enjoy letting others play guitar for me whilst I'm sing especially if it's their song.
WILL YOU ALWAYS BE A SOLO ARTIST?
It sounds greedy but I would like to be both a solo artist and sing in a blues band. I enjoy song writing and gigging by myself but to be in a band would be nice also. If I were to do anything in a band it would have to be a blues band, I'm not interested in doing Rock & Pop.
IS SONG WRITING EASY FOR YOU?
I'm a bit rubbish, I can't be put on the spot and write a song. I like to sit strumming my guitar, find a chord pattern (accidentally) and slowly build on that. I would say that all my songs are related to something that has either happened to me or something I have witnessed happen.
HOW DID YOUR CAREER IN MUSIC START?
My first ever musical outing was at the age of 8 playing Saxophone at a Salisbury blues jam. I'm also classically trained on Piano, however learning classical grades when you're young is boring all you want to do is learn fun stuff so I didn't play for a long time. A while after this I bought myself a Guitar and really enjoyed the challenge of learning to play.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON MUSICIANS PLAYING FOR FREE?
Open mic nights are a good way to go and showcase what you can do, it gives you an opportunity to meet the staff of a venue and try to get a gig. I have also met a lot of people at open mic nights and I have had gigs come out of them.