This is Zoë’s Dad, Peter, I thought this blog of Zoë’s needed some attention as we’ve not posted very much recently. We aim to remedy that over the coming weeks so you can expect lots of content to be popping up.
Zoë has been extremely busy, with lots of gigs, writing new material and some time spent in the studio. We’ve got a ton of photos and some video we want to share with you so be sure to subscribe so you can find out when all that gets published.
A lot of effort and time is spent on facebook so please make sure you’re following Zoë there too. You can find her page by following this link: Zoë’s facebook page.
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of her latest song, San Francisco. This is a live recording and Zoë’s also working on a studio version which may appear on a forthcoming release. Nothing’s decided just yet so you’ll just have to keep watching this space for more details.
We’d love to know what you think of this latest song, so please be sure to leave a comment below.
Something magical happened in Wigtown last Friday. It was one of those serendipitous moments.
Here’s how the story began . . . .
BBC Country File had come to film and we were all very excited to meet their presenter Matt Baker (also of Strictly, Blue Peter and The One Show fame).
They wanted to re-create the festival atmosphere that would be prevalent throughout the weekend and the producer had phoned us earlier in the week to see if they could film Zoë singing in the background of some of the shots. We were all delighted especially as the filming would be in the early morning and wouldn’t clash with the ‘live’ radio interview Zoë had in the afternoon.
But things rarely go to plan with these things and as the week went on the time slot for Zoë moved from 9.30am to 10.30 am and then 11.00. By the morning of the shoot we had realised that it was improbable that Zoë was going to be filmed, but we went along anyway at our allotted time to wait patiently for the call.
We would have to leave Wigtown by 11am if we were to get to the studio in Dumfries in time for her ‘live’ interview on time. Mid morning, the producer came with the sad news that they wouldn’t be able to do the scene until 12 noon and she was so apologetic – but Zoë took it all in her stride and said she totally understood. I was very cheeky and asked if we could have a quick photo with Matt as a little compensation for not getting on the show. No problem! Yipeeeee.
This is where things got a bit exciting . . . .
Matt had just finished filming in The Book Shop and was waiting around while the crew packed up all the equipment to move onto the next location and he was happy to spend a couple of minutes shaking hands and having pictures taken. He was really lovely with everyone but was especially taken with Zoë. I took a quick picture and was about to leave when he started chatting to Zoë asking her about her ukulele and her new song. I grabbed my wee camera and started filming . . .
What happened next was amazing . . .
He asked Zoë to sing . . . and as she started, Matt and the whole crew seemed more than interested and the camera man went out to the van to get his equipment out so they could catch her on film. It was such a lovely moment and I’m so glad I had my video to hand.
Who knows, they may even use a bit of it in their finished piece. We’ll have to watch CountryFile on Sunday 20th May to find out.
A couple of weeks ago I filmed my first ever professional music video. It’s for my first single, 35 Missed Calls which should be released in a few weeks.
And, later on today I’m getting a sneak peak at the finished video. I am really excited.
The filming was a lovely experience although it was VERY cold and sometimes wet, and sometimes extremely muddy. Jessica, the film’s producer had developed a really nice story for the video and it involved me skipping around our local countryside in Wellington boots and a beautiful Victorian style nightgown. But it was so cold that I had to wear a woolly hat and a poncho, diving into my Dad’s big winter coat between takes.
Other shots had me in a different outfit, singing to the camera with my ukulele. Costume changes in a van wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences but I was told ‘you have to suffer for your art’ ha ha.
I can’t wait to see the finished results after Jessica and her partner, Shaun have edited all the bits together. And I can’t wait for you to see it too. If you’re not already subscribed to this blog, make sure you do by entering your email address in the form on this page and you’ll be the first to know when the video’s live.
I’ve got to give a huge thank you to my Mum and Dad for keeping me warm during the filming and carrying all the stuff. They’ve got jobs as roadies when I do my first tour!
Following on from a couple of REALLY busy weekends, I was looking forward to a quiet one when my Mum got a facebook message:
“Would Zoe like to sing in the streets of Dumfries tomorrow?”
A little bit of an odd request, but it was all part of The Big Burn’s Supper – you can read more about that by following the link, but I got involved by singing (just me and my uke) on a Saturday afternoon to unsuspecting shoppers in the middle of Dumfries.
I was a little unsure at first but ended up having a great time. I started off outside but it was so cold I couldn’t feel my fingers so my Mum, who’s a hero by the way, spoke to the management of the indoor shopping centre and we got permission for me to perform in the warm.
I really enjoyed myself and I got loads of compliments from people of all ages and was even interviewed by a local radio station.
We gave a lift to my talented, musical friend Calum, who was also asked to perform, but he braved the freezing temperatures and stayed outside for about two hours. A huge gold star to Calum.