Originally from the Shetland Islands, but now based in County Durham, singer/songwriter Toni Sidgwick first started in music twelve years ago, busking on the streets of Edinburgh to support herself whilst studying. Her new single, ‘Try’, released on 4 May, has been described by Songwriting Magazine as, “…a delicate, lovely, and bittersweet indie-folk track by an absolutely brilliant songwriter.”
Toni takes inspiration from her surroundings, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, and Ben Howard.
Toni was named North East Traditional Act of the Year in 2016, at Ubeat TVs Music Awards, and released her debut EP, ‘Lions’, in 2017.
‘Try’ is a gentle acoustic track with Sidgwick’s voice slightly rounded, deep and mellow. In speaking to Songwriting Magazine, Toni said,
“The track is about truly wanting to be there for someone but in the end they have to take control for there to be a change. Coming from Shetland, the sea and wind play a big part in my songwriting, in Try they represent struggle and comfort in the same breath.”
Continuing: “In the music I tried to portray a feeling of never giving up with an underlying sense of hope. When I listen to music I love the tracks I can relate to in some way and I hope that folk can do that with this song.”