Meet Jodie Marie: acclaimed singer songwriter
In the studio, in her element, you’d be mistaken for underestimating Jodie.
She’s kind and beautiful and softly spoken, but when you hear her sing, her voice is that of another era - gutsy and bold and melodic. Jodie grew up in Pembrokeshire, and after years travelling back and forth to London whilst she released, performed and promoted her first album she says she could never quite let this part of Wales go.
‘There's a different pace down here. In London it would take me so long just to get to the studio, lugging my guitars through the tube, by the time I got there I'd be worn out. I worked with so many people in London to create my music especially in the early days, but I always struggled to be myself, fully creative. It was always productive and exciting but there is always a magic that happens when writing in Pembrokeshire.’
‘It’s easy for me to write here. I walk out to the sea, or through the woods if I can’t find the words and eventually they’ll come. It’s a much gentler process- I’m more creative here.’
Pembrokeshire isn’t just about home then, but also about the space it can offer musicians, a link to touring, every-day working musicians rather than trying to sell a number one single. Choosing to live and record here means Jodie is in control of when and who - her band is made up of people from all over the UK but two of the musicians she’s worked with the most are from Pembrokeshire. ‘I’ve worked with them so much- they’re not only excellent musicians in their own right- but best friends. It’s inspiring working with them.’
So London isn’t the be all and end all for music then? ‘It’s more difficult to stay involved in the scene from here, but it’s not impossible. And I want to be part of the music scene here, why can’t we make Pembrokeshire an important place to come and play? Some of the best musicians I know come back here time and again.’
She’s not wrong, the intimate and beautiful nature of so many of the venues here make the south west a little hub for music fans- from Rhosygilwen in Cilgerran or The Druidstone nestled on the clifftops, to live folk nights in Newport and Fishguard or the historic Queens Hall in Narberth - the musical tradition is alive and well in our corner of Wales.
Wherever it is, we’ve no doubt Jodie is going places. Grab your chance to see Jodie this summer with gigs lined up at several festivals across Pembrokeshire. So go and see her while you can; she's a legend in the making. Check her web site for gig details.
Jodie is currently recording her third album due for release in early 2018. It can't come soon enough.
Looking for more inspirational live music festival in Pembrokeshire check out our music festival round up for 2017