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Roots duo Michelle Plum (Chumbawamba, Waking the Witch) & Nick B Hall (Hall Brothers)  

Winners of the Yorkshire gig guide outstanding songwriters award 2014

“Energy and joie de vivre...articulate, penetrating lyrics with captivating melodies and irresistible choruses...arresting vocals and that big distinctive acoustic sound"
R2 magazine

"A fine duo...go and see them if you get the chance"
Steve Knightly - Show of Hands

"Feisty song writers...immediate comparisons are Richard and Linda Thompson and The Lilac Time" Yorkshire Evening Post

"The heavens open and talent pours out. A superduo with....a real sense of passion and attack" Fatea magazine

Plumhall features Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall – Before forming Plumhall, singer songwriter Michelle was best-known for her work with Chumbawamba (with whom she has played major European Festivals including Glastonbury), Waking the Witch and The Accidental Tourists. Nick was a member of The Hall Brothers with whom he has recorded several albums. As a solo artist and member of The Hall Brothers Nick has toured Canada, Europe and Southern Africa. His days with rock band Magna Carta also influence the Plumhall style
Things are really starting to take off for the pair. Their debut album
 ‘Thundercloud is  released in September 2014 by Splid Records and Proper Distribution. It received a four star review in the July/August edition of R2 magazine and the title track will be on R2's CD for that edition. It is full of new, self penned songs that already feel familar after a first hearing.  There is also a song specially written for them by another ex Chumba Boff Whalley. Guest musicians on the album include Maggie Boyle, David Crickmore and David Hornberger. The title track has already been released as an album taster and has enjoyed a great deal of radio play in the build-up to the album release. They will be touring the album throughout winter and spring in readiness for festivals in the summer.
Plumhall started when Nick was supporting Boo Hewerdine. He was annoyed to discover that someone had managed to sneak onto the bill and thus force him to cut his set short.  He forgot his annoyance as soon as he saw it was Michelle. Nick had been completely smitten by Michelle and her astonishing talent during her ‘Accidental Tourists” years, and while their paths had crossed at various gigs, the time was never right for them to work or play together until now. Finally the stars aligned, they connected romantically and professionally – Plumhall was born…
Festival appearances recently have included Beverley, Musicport, Moonbeams, Haworth and Bradford. They gig extensively at folk clubs and other venues

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Their first gig was a support slot for Peter Tork of The Monkees (they were asked to join Peter onstage to harmonise on Daydream Believer!).
People soon took notice of Plumhall’s emerging sound based on powerfully-played acoustic instruments, perfect harmonies and meaningful songs. They draw inspiration from very eclectic sources including Nick Lowe, Scott Walker, Ian McNabb, Guy Clark, Kate Bush, Aimee Mann, Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash & June Carter, Chumbawamba and Show of Hands - and they bring all these influences into a sound that is clearly their own.

Support slots include
 The South, Chas n Dave, Eddi Reader, Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls of The Wonder Stuff, My Darling Clementine, Ian Prowse (Amsterdam/Pele), Henry Priestman (Christians), Andy White, Dan Donnelly & Jon Sevink (Levellers), Karine Polwart, Maia, It’s a Beautiful Day.

Michelle plays acoustic guitar, tenor guitar, keyboards and percussion, while Nick plays acoustic and electric guitars, tenor guitar, mandolin and ukulele.  Michelle says “As kids, and independently of each other Nick and I used to fit harmonies to songs we heard, whether the song lent itself to a harmony or not!  We’re lucky that both instrumentally and vocally we gelled with each other from the start, so in essence we’ve found that other part we were looking for.” Michelle’s beautiful voice recently caught the attention of Katriona Gilmore (Gilmore & Roberts/The Albion Band), who asked her to share lead vocal duties during Gilmore & Roberts spring tour 2013. She fitted in perfectly, and the tour has broadened Plumhall’s fan-base.

Full band - Plumhall can come to you as a duo or with a full band

Songwriting Workshops
Michelle and Nick are also experienced at running songwriting workshops in which participants can go home with a recording of their newly written and performed song

To book Plumhall dave@doddnaze.co.uk

01422 844091  & 07846 653843

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