The Fix List: The Wharves
Hailing from Ireland, France and England, The Wharves’ graceful minimal psyche-rock with fuzzed out folk is ideal listening for the long winter nights. Accordingly, bass-player Gemma has shared her band’s winter themed playlist, with some tracks of special interest to witches. Secure your broomsticks, turn up your central heating, and settle down to these.
Vanishing Twin - 'Vanishing Twin Syndrome'
I first heard the work of Cathy Lucas on the ‘Add Rhythm’ project, it’s so great this album has come about. Instant classic!
Circus 2000 - 'I Am the Witch'
A great pop song with soaring vocals and brave, confessional lyrics.
Purson - 'Spiderwood Farm '
Rosalie Cunningham really brings it. She’s one of the best musicians around, and this one of the best riffs of the last few years.
Catharsis - '32 Mars'
This one is great for the domestic witch stirring up a huge cauldron of broth on a cold night. I got an instant addiction on first listen, and had it on repeat for a good hour. An enchanting quality.
Stevie Nicks - 'Edge of Seventeen'
Witch queen Stevie never fails to stir the spirits.
Shirley Collins & Albion Country Band - ‘Murder of the Maria Marten'
This is by far the best version of the ‘Red Barn Murder’ song. The case was sensationalised by the media and driven to continue the ‘entertainment’, many different stories of the murder came to light. Comparable to the events surrounding Meredith Kercher.
The Fates - ‘Ceaseless Effort'
The Fates album is one of the most listened to in my house, a great record to light a candle to on a cold night. We were lucky enough to play with them: they’re great live!
Steeleye Span - 'Lovely on the Water'
I’m not sure how I got into Steeleye Span, my parents definitely don’t approve – in fact I think they are abhorred. ‘Pleased to see the King’ is a great wintery album, even if a bit plummy.
Kate Bush - 'Under Ice'
We decided to drive back from Manchester after a gig one frosty night and stick ‘Hounds of Love’ on. Whilst driving along the dark, foggy and empty roads, side two started to give us the fear. We had to stop at the services to calm ourselves down with a hot chocolate.
Rose McDowall - ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’
We were lucky enough to play with Rose last year. One of my favourite covers, it instantly makes me feel like I’m in an 80s disco on a chilly New York night with fingerless black lace gloves and a Babycham glass.
The Wharves are Dearbhla Minogue on guitar, Gemma Fleet on bass, and Marion Andrau on drums and songwriting. Their second album Electa is out now.