‘Her mischievous lyrics and raw, powerful voice draw you in’.
Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Music
'Phoebe’s words are articulated so delicately by her husky, sophisticated voice that if taken out of the songwould read more like a beautiful poem'.
Folk and Honey
‘A unique sound'
Clive Anderson, Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4 Music
Welsh, London based Penniless Cove is a vocalist, multi instrumentalist and songwriter playing raw and fiery songs. Weaving visual metaphor with soulful vocals and booming piano melodies, her music takes you on a journey through every day awkwardness, disappointment and surrealist dreams-hoping that it connects with people who are as indecisive and curious as she is. She takes inspiration from Ibeyi, Joanna Newsome, Lianne Le Havas & Ivor Cutler, to bring you her own brand of gin-soaked tunes.
Penniless Cove (named after a harbour road leading to the sea) studied classical piano growing up in rural Pembrokeshire, along with french horn, guitar and jazz vocals and was part of a wide range of orchestras and bands. She started writing songs with her sister (who she continues to write with) and gigging on the Welsh circuit at fourteen and moved to London to study Music Culture at University of East London, where she continued to develop her song-writing, tour and explore musical collaborations.
Penniless Cove has toured across UK and Europe, with notable performances at Latitude festival (2016), The Courtyard Theatre (2016), The Half Moon alongside Imogen Heap (2016), Bremen University Theatre (2015) and Cheltenham Jazz Festival (2016)
After her debut Ep ‘Out on a Roof’ (2012) and album release ‘Tipped like Titanic’ (2016), the single ‘I’d Pick You’ (2016) was released by record label Music Mandi.
Following her live performance on Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ earlier this year, she will be releasing a series of singles starting with 'Magpie' in August 2019 followed by 'Too Tight' in November 2019. The album 'Onion Peel' is set for release in Jan 2020.
Catch Penniless Cove performing across UK and Europe with her full band line up of Tom Fairbairn (Bass/ Fiddle), Sam McEvoy (Percussion/Handsonic), Gail Babb (BV’s) and Eugene Kadiri (BV’s).