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Polly Wood sings for South: Live

Polly Wood

Polly Wood from Southampton has been writing songs since the age of 12 but has arrived 'fashionably late' on the music scene, by current standards.

Now approaching her third year as a professional singer-songwriter, Polly is involved in not just her own solo work, but collaborates on a frequent basis with fellow guitarist, Steve Picken.

The pair met through MySpace - Polly noticed Steve was local so asked him if he'd been interested in being her guitarist.

They met up at the Talking Heads venue in Southampton and both took part in an open-mic night to check each other out! They were both suitably impressed so decided to team up.

Since spring 2008 the two have been working solidly on building up a repertoire of Polly's original songs which Steve lends his guitar skills to. Polly says:

"Usually I write a track with lyrics and melody and then I take it to Steve so that he can make it sound amazing with his guitar."

Previously to this, Polly worked with other artists, playing at venues such as The Jazz Café in Camden and The Big Chill House in Kings Cross.

Polly has met up with singer Sam Brown - best known for her 80s hit-single Stop! - and they are looking to collaborate. Polly says:

"She's really nice woman and we've been working on a couple of tracks together. With her piano-playing talent that gives me another interesting musical avenue to experiment with."



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