Boomerang Girl

May 1, 2017

That's what my dad calls me. Because every time he puts me on a coach back to Manchester, I re-appear the following weekend (sometimes mid-week) for a gig, interview or festival in Bradford or Leeds or just to chill at home in Hipperholme.

Don't get me wrong. I love being in Manchester. I've made so many great new friends at BIMM - especially fellow musicians - and the city's amazing culture-packed Northern Quarter has really become my home from home.


The place is full of bars, music shops and fashion shops, with everything priced for the student budget and everywhere so supportive of eachother.


I finished my EP tour at Gulliver's in Manchester two weeks ago and just a few days later I was back across the Pennines to take some young protegées to open mic and perform at the anniversary festival of The Potting Shed in Bingley.


Another few days and I was back again, this time attending a musicians' workshop at Leeds College of Music, where I took part in a very interesting masterclass on Spotify with the artist ambassador.


That was a great way to start the bank holiday weekend. I was up (very early for me) on Saturday morning and back into Leeds to take part in the Live At Leeds festival.


Last year at LAL I gave a solo acoustic performance at The Wardrobe. This time it was backing vocals for my good friend and EP producer Oliver Pinder with his cellist Mimi Harmer at The Social.


Apart from rehearsing and performing, I managed to see FLING, Marsicans, Tom Grennan, HAUS, Lewis Watson and Gabrielle Aplin, every one of whom was absolutely brilliant.


A few hours sleep and it was up to Silsden on the train for a charity gig at the local Youth & Community Centre. It meant missing out on the Tour de Yorkshire, but I saw plenty of yellow bicycles, bunting and other evidence of the race on my Sunday travels.


Then it was back home to spend bank holiday Monday jamming with three talented young musicians in the living room before shooting over to Bradford to get my coach back to Manchester.


Working with younger musicians is something I've loved doing for ages and spent a whole week doing after Bingley Music Live last year, when I took part in Sound Of Bradford Summer School as a peer mentor.


I'm able to share with the teenagers everything I've learnt these past few years and it's wonderful to watch them develop their skills and self-confidence.


Next weekend will be different. No boomerang on Saturday, because I'm doing something VERY SPECIAL in that big city called London. I can't tell you what, but believe me it will be amazing. Visit my blog next Sunday to find out who I met and what I did.


Nessa xxx


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