Album Spotlight: Cover to Cover, by various badass women

I sat for about two hours trying to work out how to begin this post. Should I focus on the album itself? The seemingly inexhaustible enthusiasm Fiona Liddell has for the Scottish music scene? Or the broader social issue this album draws attention to, namely the disparity in representation for women within music?

But that's hardly a new story, is it? I could fill up this entire site ranting about underrepresentation, about the hugely disproportionate number of male artists vs female ones on Spotify editorial playlists, about the male dominated lineups of certain festivals. We've all heard that "there just aren't women artists out there" and we've all heard about how we're good on guitar "... for a girl." We know about statistics like, for instance, analysis of the Billboard Hot 100 over 6 years revealing that only 12.3% of the artists on it were female (with an even lower 2.1% female producers.) We don't need that much context. We know.

And in spite of all of this, women artists just... keep creating incredible music. Women producers continue to offer expertly honed advice and meticulously crafted music. Women composers persist in creating emotive, immersive sonic worlds, and women singers continue to enchant. We're fast approaching International Women's Day. It's time to celebrate women in music.

That's where Cover To Cover comes in: the aforementioned Fiona Liddell has turned frustration about the lack of representation into something pretty amazing. A stalwart of the music scene as well as tireless champion of it, she's compiled a 13 track album to showcase a selection of some talented women musicians in Scotland. 13 musicians have contributed, each covering an original track from another artist on in the album. The talent on this lineup is both humbling and inspiring, led by the not inconsiderable talent of Liddell's own Gefahrgeist. It's a celebration of music, of Scottish music, and especially of women in music.

Support the album on Bandcamp - all profits will be donated to the fantastic Scottish Women Inventing Music.

 

 

Album features talent from:

  • Gefahrgeist 
  • Jen Ella 
  • Sarya Wu 
  • Olivia Thom 
  • Ceiti 
  • Amie Huckstep 
  • Mima Merrow 
  • Post Coal Prom Queen 
  • Chiara Baillie 
  • PINLIGHT 
  • Jen Athan 
  • Francesca Ortisi 
  • Aurora Engine

Artwork by Nic Gannucci of Gannucci Art

And further reading & sources about female representation, if you're so inclined:

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/women-music-industry-gender-gap-men-metoo-songwriter-performer-producers-grammys-a8765491.html

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/aug/21/female-british-artists-underrepresented-on-uk-radio-survey-finds

https://variety.com/2020/music/news/molly-neuman-songtrust-op-ed-female-songwriters-producers-1203529295/

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/sep/23/leading-uk-music-industry-bodies-pledge-gender-equality-on-boards-prs-for-music

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  • I have a virtual pub quiz most Mondays and decided yesterday to concoct a round on female firsts. I was appalled though not totally amazed to find that the first woman elected / inducted into the Rock'n'Roll hall of fame wasn't till 1987*! Where its left to women to plough their own furrow such as space travel, aeronautics and sailors they are early adopters by and large, or live in a country where 'equality' is seen in more positive terms (not that USSR/Russia has had a women leader yet!). In areas where largely white middle aged and upper class males reign supreme, politics for example it seems late recognition is more the norm. 1980 first women president, 1960 first woman prime minister and * (in case you haven't got it was Aretha Franklyn!) And still women are subject to those rants from Taylor to Britney, from Mhairi Black to Diane Abbot to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Greta to Megan and beyond. Regularly. And their persecutors nearly always mediocre middle-aged white males. Still nice to see Piers Moron back in his rightful place in my books after finding myself agreeing with him a couple of times recently. Phew!

    I have a virtual pub quiz most Mondays and decided yesterday to concoct a round on female firsts. I was appalled though not totally amazed to find that the first woman elected / inducted into the Rock'n'Roll hall of fame wasn't till 1987*! Where its left to women to plough their own furrow such as space travel, aeronautics and sailors they are early adopters by and large, or live in a country where 'equality' is seen in more positive terms (not that USSR/Russia has had a women leader yet!). In areas where largely white middle aged and upper class males reign supreme, politics for example it seems late recognition is more the norm. 1980 first women president, 1960 first woman prime minister and * (in case you haven't got it was Aretha Franklyn!) And still women are subject to those rants from Taylor to Britney, from Mhairi Black to Diane Abbot to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Greta to Megan and beyond. Regularly. And their persecutors nearly always mediocre middle-aged white males. Still nice to see Piers Moron back in his rightful place in my books after finding myself agreeing with him a couple of times recently. Phew!

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