Circe’s Diner – Bristol duo Rosina Buck and Bronte Shande – talk about their sonic world, made of tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers against a backdrop of Americana, Roots and Folk music. ‘Who Dares’ – out now via Rough Kitchen Records – is a taste of their sweetly enchanting alt-folk offering…
Hi Circe’s Diner! How are you today?
Very well indeed, thank you! The sun is shining here in Bristol and we are planning on having paddling pool party and a BBQ later on.
Please introduce yourselves to our readers:
Well we are Rosina Buck (vocals and guitar) and Bronte Shande (vocals, shakey egg’s and twinkley things) aka Circe’s Diner.
How did you meet?
We met at BIMM Bristol. Rosina was studying song writing and Bronte vocals. We were first drawn to each other by our outfits – like magpies to shiny things. Once we had hung out a few times (mainly drinking beer in the park) and seen each other perform we were both intrigued by the potential, we had a little ‘sing-song’ and thought, we could do something really cool here. So, we did…and the rest is history! We’ve been singing together for over four years now.
How would you describe your sound in five words?
Honest, Twisted, Magical, Unpredictable, Stories
What is your new single ‘Who Dares’ all about?
It’s a song about being brave and having hope. Amongst all your faults and madness, despite all the times you have been scared by love and let down by your dreams. It’s an affirmation that you are still a very special human that deserves love and has much love to give. However crazy and mad you feel, however many times your heart has been broken, however much it seems like your are a complete disaster and all your strength has gone, when you look in the mirror and think that your not good enough and that no one could love you… Just remember – YOU ARE THE PRIZE!!
If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
Oooohhh! Al Green’s band The high Rhythm Section would be a dream come true! Frazey Ford recently collaborated with them on Indian Ocean and the results were amazing, completely takes her sound to a new and very exciting place!
And if she was still with us Amy Winehouse would 100% be the one we would love to share a song with, she is our hero!
Who are your biggest influences?
Rosina: Musically I am very much drawn to female artists. I think because I find solace in hearing their takes of heartbreak! Alela Diane’s album ‘About Farewell’ divulges her personal experiences of divorce. It is her brutal honesty that draws me in, it is almost as if you have stumbled upon her diary, and for me this makes the listening experience incredibly special. This is the kind of effect that I hope to achieve through the songs that I write. I am very much influenced by my own experiences and the people that I meet along the way. Writing songs is a kind of therapy for me, a way to express things that I often can’t say out loud.
I listen to artists such as The Be Good Tanya’s, First Aid Kit, The Roches, Regina Spektor, Erykah Badu, Adam Green, Coco Rosie, Frazey Ford and Soley. BUT when I’m driving in the car it’s all about the RnB…Destiny’s Child, Ashanti, Ms Dynamite, TLC, Angie Stone…the list goes on!
Bronte: There are just SO many! I guess I’m a big Jazz head at heart and I love my Neo-Soul so I guess to name a few…Sarah Vaughan, Gretchen Parlato, Esperanza Spalding, Nai Palm and Erykah Badu. I’ve always loved Bjork’s vocal delivery particularly in ‘5 Years’ and I’m a big fan of both Feist and Kimbra, particularly their vocal arrangements and use of layering.
The duo will be performing live on the following dates:
June 27th – Ronnie Scotts, London
June 29th – Songwriting Book Launch – Rise, Bristol
July 5th – The Railway Inn, Newnham
July 7th – Wonderfields Festival, Exeter
July 14th – Tales Of Summer – Salt Cafe, Bristol
July 16th – Free Harmony Festival, Bath
July 29th – Somewhere Else Street Food Festival, Cirencester
Aug 3rd – The Green Gathering, Chepstow
Aug 4th – Fieldview Festival, Chippenham
Aug 10th – Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol
Aug 11th – Boomtown, Flying Lotus Stage, Winchester
Aug 17th – Arctangent, Compton Martin
Aug 19th – Just So Festival, Scholar Green
Aug 20th – Smoked And Uncut Festival, Bath
Aug 25th – Stroud Fringe, Stroud
Aug 25th – Schtumm at The Queens Head, Corsham
Aug 26th – The Big Festival, Stow On The Wold
Aug 26th – Chedworth Farm Shop Campfire Sessions, Cirencester
Aug 27th – The Crows Nest Inn, Swanage
Aug 29th – Dalston Curve Garden, London.