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10-12-2012 // interviews, 2012: 2012: Interview with Bridie Jackson

The year 2012 is coming to an end. It is that time of the year for Christmas carols, buying presents for our loved ones and reflecting on the year that (almost) lies behind us. For us music bloggers it also means writing year lists, pretending our opinions matter to the world. Which of course, they do not, but even bloggers have dreams. These last few weeks I’ve asked several of my favorite artists of 2012 to look back on what this year has brought them. For their own musical careers, but also about the music they’ve enjoyed themselves and, if any, what their plans for 2013 are. These are their stories (yes, I did just quote the A-Team intro).

There is really no better way to kick off these interview series than with Bridie Jackson & The Arbour. Their album “Bitter Lullabies” was my 1st love of the year. And the love has never faded since then. I have to admit I don’t listen to it as much as I did 10 months ago, but the love and goose bumps are just the same once it’s playing (like at this very moment). Listen to a few of their songs, read about their amazing year & get yourself a copy of “Bitter Lullabies” while you still can.

1. If you had to name one moment, what would you consider the highlight of 2012?
Probably selling out The Sage Gateshead for our album launch at the beginning of the year. However, it’s hard to pick just one, as there’s been quite a few highlights. 2012 has treated us very well!

2. What are doing at the moment (November 2012)?
We’ve just recorded a new single, due for release in January next year and getting ready to play the last few gigs of 2012.

3. Which great band/artist did you discover yourself in 2012?
The Choir of Young Believers, a band from Denmark. Absolutely beautiful music.

4. What's your favourite album released this year?
Alt-J, an awesome wave.

5. How will you celebrate New Year's Eve?
I usually don’t know what I’m doing until the night itself; I find that elaborate planning for New Years Eve can result in disappointment. I’m sure it will be fun though.

6. What are your plans for 2013?
So many plans! Festivals, gigs, new releases, an exciting project working in collaboration with museums to put on music events such as gigs and festivals… Maybe a trip to the Netherlands?!

For me, Bridie Jackson & The Arbour kicked off a rough, but great year. Their music has been a great support and I will never stop loving their album Bitter Lullabies. Bridie, I would love to welcome you and the others for a gig (or two) on this side of the water. Thank you for taking the time for this little interview and I am looking forward to that new single in January!

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