Fri Sep 29 2017
38th Folk Fest Granny's Attic & Torcán
The Oliver Plunkett
Granny’s Attic formed in 2009 as three students at secondary school with no better way to spend our lunchtimes than scrape a tune or two. Gradually the band became less about avoiding socialising with our peers and more about actually playing music, and so Granny’s Attic premiered in 2010 at the prestigious Claines Church Fete.
2011 saw us release our debut EP Mind the Gap featuring a mix of traditional and original tunes. Around this time, we took our first forays into regular live performing, with early highlights including the first of many appearances at the Worcester Music Festival and a support spot for the legendary John Kirkpatrick at Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall.
We continued in 2012 with such impressive performances as a school assembly, a local pub and George’s sister’s birthday party.
In 2013 we set our sights a little bit higher, and after playing at the Worcester Cathedral Teddy Bears’ Picnic, we began work on our first full length album(eventually released in spring of 2014 with the title Better Weather) featuring a mixture of traditional tunes and songs as well as some self-penned tunes.
George and Lewis got tired of Worcester and went off to study music at uni in Autumn 2013 (finally giving Cohen a bit of peace) in Leeds and Southampton respectively. We weren’t missing each other too much but had to make the trek to meet up a few times to get our first album, Better Weather, onto the shelves (of Cohen’s bedroom) and to take part in the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Somehow, we got a nomination and ended up alongside some great acts at the Albert Hall in February 2014. It was a cracking night and made us realise we might want to start taking things a bit more seriously. Only a little bit though.
In the next few months we were filmed for a BBC Introducing session in Ledbury with BBC Hereford and Worcester and then recorded a few more live tracks in The Falcon Mews in Bromyard, both of which were a bit of a change from the usual grainy mobile phone footage of us dancing around in pubs (sometimes with instruments in hand). We’ve been told you can watch the BBC Introducing video in high definition but we wouldn’t recommend it. Especially not the close ups. 2014 was also our first summer of performing at major folk festivals in the UK (now a regular occupation for us), with appearances including Bromyard, Broadstairs and Bromsgrove.
Cohen got so fed up of spending time with the other two in the summer that he decided to escape off to uni to study music. He got as far as Leeds, and started on the same course as George. We had another busy summer in 2015, with festival highlights including Shrewsbury, Bristol, The Gate to Southwell and a very damp Warwick.
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