Looe-based folk band The Changing Room delivers rootsy, original folk music with a dash of Cornish language and a good dollop of humour.
Formed in 2014 by Tanya Brittain and Sam Kelly, R2 Magazine said at the time “It feels like a little musical magic happened”.
The band is already multi-award winning having won Kan rag Kernow 2015 and the International Pan Celtic Song Contest 2015. Sam also won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016.
The Changing Room has so far released four EP’s and two full length albums.
The band’s debut album Behind the Lace is listed in The Telegraph’s “Best Folk Albums of 2015”.
“Beguiling, Behind the Lace will ensnare folk fans.” The Telegraph
Guests on The Changing Room’s recordings include John McCusker (whistle and violin), Jon Cleave (Fisherman’s Friends), Tim Ashton (3 Daft Monkeys), Kevin McGuire (double bass) and Jennifer Crook (harp).
The band performed at Celtic festivals in Cornwall, Ireland and Brittany since 2014.
“A brilliantly recognised slice of modern folk music.” Bright Young Folk
Tanya has been hugely influential in promoting live music and festivals in the South West – including Looe Music Festival. Originally from Sheffield, she has lived in Looe, Cornwall for ten years, providing an excellent backdrop and source of inspiration for her songwriting.
With a musical career spanning thirty years, Tanya brings a wealth of creative influences and performing experience, which is immediately apparent in the subject matter, depth and beauty of the songs she writes.
Singer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Norfolk. Sam’s link to folk music is in the Gaelic folk songs that his Irish grandfather would teach him to sing as a child. Sam’s other folk music projects include the Sam Kelly Trio, and Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys.
“Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I’ve seen him perform live a few times and he’s amazing … he’s so talented” Cara Dillon
“A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music.” Sean Lakeman
One of the most successful British songwriters ever, singer songwriter and record producer Boo Hewerdine produced The Changing Room’s first EP. Boo’s work includes lead singer and creative force behind The Bible, formed in the 1980s, and reformed in 1994, as well as solo recordings and work for film.
Boo said “I met Tanya at a songwriting retreat and she told me about her hopes for this project. It was thrilling to see it come to fruition and exceed expectations. The start of something very special.”
“A bit like a Mr Benn adventure – The Changing Room is where the magic happens.” UK Folk Radio