It won’t be the first time Fiona Bevan will have visited the independent record store, Compact Music in Sudbury to play there on Record Store Day, this Saturday, April 19th – she used to work there! Born in Bury St Edmunds and raised in Sudbury, Fiona spent hours shacking shelves there as a schoolgirl, and later during university breaks.
“I was surrounded by all this music and the other half of the shop sold guitars and things. I was always in there helping people buy guitars, tuning them up… so it was a really important part of my musical journey and helped me understand that end of the industry.”
The April 19 acoustic gig is in support of Record Store Day; a cause she’s passionate about : “A lot of really great local shops have gone under and it’s really sad. The ones that have survived have because they’re a focal point of the musical community… they’re supportive of events, know what’s going on locally, know a lot about music, have an incredible relationship with their customers and are passionate about what they do.”
Fiona’s debut album for Navigator Records will no doubt find pride of place on the Compact racks. Now London-based, she officially launches the 12 track ‘Talk To Strangers,’ on May 1st at Underbelly in Hoxton with support from label-mates, Paper Aeroplanes and many other special guests. Early bird tickets now available from www.wegottickets.com.
Fiona’s debut album ‘Talk To Strangers’ is available now from Propermusic.com, Amazon.co.uk and iTunes.