Plum plays on national radio


A Donside artist has gained attention and been interviewed by a national radio station... and, before you ask, it isn’t Emeli Sande!

Cushnie-born electronic singer-songwriter Shona Macguire, who goes by the stage name Plum, was on air for the BBC Radio 1 Introducing show.

She was interviewed by the R1 DJ Jen Long and played a selection of her favourite tracks by female artists.

Plum announced the show to her Facebook friends on Sunday (July 7) with: “Who’s going to listen to BBC Introducing tonight at midnight on Radio 1? I’m being interviewed & doing a mini-mix of all female UK artists including Fiona Soe Paing, Abi Wade, She Makes War, Mira Calix, Saint Saviour, PJ Harvey, and some others you’ll love.”

This gained 28 ‘likes’.

Plum told the Piper: “The whole experience was really interesting. I think I played quite a nice mix of music.”

The singer-songwriter, now resident in Brighton, met the Radio 1 star at a BBC Introducing masterclass in Glasgow where she handed Jen a CD of her work.

Impressed, the presenter asked if she would like to take part in the show.

“Jen is really nice. I met her at the masterclass where she was with Huw Stephens and about 300 others all together. I handed her my CD and she got in touch.” Plum added.

It has been a busy year for the rising star as March saw her become the first ever female winner of a prestigious Scottish Alternative Music Award.

The former Craigievar Primary pupil won the Best Electronic Act beating off stiff competition from the likes of Radio 1 favourites Chvrches.

She is now putting the finishing touches on her new album, the follow-up to her debut “The Seed”, from her home on the English South Coast.

She said: “It’s not finished yet but we are mastering it at the moment. It would be safe to say it’ll be out in September or October.”

Until then she has a full diary of gigs including playing at Ibiza’s White Island festival.

Shona spent her childhood in Cushnie before moving to the Borders.

She brought out her debut album, “The Seed,” last year, being entirely funded by her fans.

Talking of her musical influences, Shona said: “I just write about whatever is going on in my life. When I first started making music I didn’t want to sound like anyone else out there. Obviously you pick up musical influences, subconsciously sometimes, I was definately influenced by some of the music I listened to growing up.

“I use a lot of field recordings- stuff like crickets, old typewriters, my feet in snow, gravel on the Millennium Bridge in London. You can get really unique sounds from quite normal stuff if you slow it down or reverse it or add effects to it.”

“I’ve got so many good ideas at the moment...”

Shona will be playing a homecoming gig in Aberdeen when she returns to the North- east in November.

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Plum’s music is available to download on i-tunes.