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Andy White producer says: "I first met Hermione in a 14th Century castle in Wiltshire. She was playing a many-stringed autoharp, looking out over the battlements singing full-voiced into the August night. It was the content of Hermione's songs which grabbed my attention straight away. Ghost stories, tales of gallows trees, a Greek poet, a girl murdered because of being a goth. Songs about a Selkie, and the well in the Brontê sisters' garden. I couldn't resist hearing more - and the result is this first self-titled album, Hermione Pepper. We recorded the album one autumnal June week in Southampton, as England bowed out of the European Championships once again. Hermione sang and played autoharp and piano. Back in Melbourne I finished off recording; I played guitar for the album, with Sebastian and I playing bass, and Sebastian on drums. The stories in the songs struck me again - 1930s Love Song and Dancing With Butterflies are definitely songs to be sung from the battlements. She's in a very fine English tradition, is Hermione Pepper, and the emotion in her playing and singing gives the album its depth. I hear elements of traditional singing, punk, The Cure and Patti Smith - but I think she's invented a new category of music - Goth Folk. Who wouldn't want to check that out? Oh - and a line I wish I'd written - "There's been a murder in the town it's on the BBC". Make sure you listen to 'Unbeautiful'. It's anything but."
Andy White - producer of the forthcoming album Hermione Pepper
Producer and singer-songwriter from Belfast now based in Melbourne www.andywhite.com