Not many bands would say they got their name off a radio show title, but for London-based four piece Woman’s Hour, It was part of a clever way to name demo tracks in the rooms of lead singer Fiona Burgess’s house.
Their elegant swoon-pop début album “Conversations” has been a year in the making and surprisingly without a drummer. But as Fiona describes, it was one of many firsts for the band, “It’s been a year of firsts, we’re really proud of that. Making a record is a massive achievement”.
“It’s been great, it’s our first ever headline tour” says Fiona who is battling a “Bit of a cough at the moment”, which is natural for singers on tour. However, the warm, soothing voice, that we’ve come to know from Woman’s Hour’s music is still in fine form, especially with their tour going so well.
“There’s nothing like playing your own shows. For us it’s about making it feel like our show, different to festivals.”
Speaking of shows, the band play their first Dublin show in November, but they have already made an appearance here with two shows on the Other Voices stage at Electric Picnic this year, one of which was stripped down.
It’s been a terrific year for the fast-rising outfit, who have grown in confidence since their beginning. Which all began in Fiona’s house in London, “I used to lack confidence singing, even as a child. My brother has always been in bands and one night, he said it all felt really weird, he wanted to make his own music.” That idea didn’t seem so far off, as their friend Nick joined and later drummer Josh, who completed the line up. They then went on to write songs before they even thought of playing live.
As mentioned, the band’s name came from a BBC Radio 4 show, but the idea of naming lyric-less tracks after shows was one Fiona’s brother Will came up with, “We always had the radio on in our house. We struggled to name songs during demoes, but they didn’t really have lyrics, so we named them after Radio 4 programmes. We had setlists of these radio names. Then a friend suggested the name ‘Woman’s Hour’ because it was one song we didn’t have.”
I ask ‘Surely that’s a really cool and clever idea though?’, “My brother’s got a lot to answer for. But I think its kinda sweet.” Fiona replies.
Woman’s Hour play The Workman’s Club on 29 November 2014.