Our Song of the Day comes from Yvonne McDonnell, a newcomer to contemporary folk music but whom we feel will be making her mark with her forthcoming EP Not Her Own out on Friday 17th June 2016 via Reality Is Over. Take a listen to the premiere of I’m Not This Layer Of Skin below which we’ve also selected as our Song of the Day.
Not Her Own is all about empowerment; about having the ability to positively stand up to life’s daily struggles, delivered through the effervescent beauty of Yvonne’s emotive vocals. Yvonne is not only inspired by musical influences such as Nick Cave and Joanna Newsom, but also by poets such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Edgar Allen Poe, helping to inspire her to write the opening tracks I’m Not This Layer Of Skin and The Savages. Both these songs are skilfully written and performed with the same story-telling charm that has worked so well for to the likes of Laura Marling, Lisa Hannigan and Kate Rusby. McDonnell’s hypnotic vocal remains centre-stage throughout the four track EP, with her unique vibrato blending in effortlessly with the warped guitars and hypnotic violin, a clear nod to her Irish roots.
Originally from East London, Yvonne started performing acoustically in 2012 at university in Portsmouth. She soon got addicted to the live circuit and was later joined by violinist Maria Kroon – who also contributes heavily on Not Her Own. This release will see Yvonne take another step up the folk ladder as she introduces the listener to a fresh, darker exploration of British modern folk.