One of our new faces last
year, Tori came along as part of the local scene here in Wales. She hadn't
been singing long and confessed to being very nervous. Did it show, not
a bit, she was just absolutely beautiful as I knew she would be.
She certainly impressed
our review writer Old Father Ted as you can see in the 2004
write up, Ted thought she "was a most amazing new voice "
and "...sang with such bell like clarity"
A few words from
" I've been
singing one way or another since I was little - it was part of our
family - Mum and Dad are both singers (Dad sings with Rum and Shrub
Shantymen, Mum has sung with various choirs, and both have guested on
shows and performed together and with other groups, and my sister's great
I began mostly in school choirs,
then A Cappella Choir at University, and
Bristol Choral Society, including Handel's Messiah, and Mahler's 8th.
and Dad also found that singing was a good way to pass long car journeys,
it would keep my sister and me amused for hours!).
I was fortunate
to grow up with folk (I went to my first festival in
nappies!) and first sang at Lanner Club in Cornwall aged about 7. Although
know lots of the choruses, I've only really been singing 'properly' as
were and expanding my repertoire for just over a year.
The songs I sing vary from very
traditional to more recent songs, although
usually with a strong traditional style. I think this comes from the strong
ballad tradition in the family, and these seem to be the songs that 'speak
to me'. A number of them were also learnt in the traditional style - learnt
from my parents just from being exposed to them, but others have also
from other singers from as far away as America and Australia. Sometimes
like the tune, sometimes it's more about the story, but basically, if
it, and it speaks to me, then I sing it! "