Its a Girl thing!...
I was born
in the fair city of Gloucester and one of my earliest musical
memories is sitting on the stairs at 11 Central Road, listening
to my brother Ralph playing electric guitar with his mates in
their 'beat group', The Tresspassers. I wasn't allowed in because
(a I was too young and b) ..a girl!
I went to
Calton Road primary school and was chosen to play the chime bars
in a joint Gloucester schools concert at the age of 7 - my first
I received free recorder and cello lessons and my parents also
paid for me to learn the piano. We had a school orchestra then
and I played in the county youth orchestra - the orchestra even
won a prize at the Cheltenham Festival (inspite of me playing
my cello with a G string 'completely out').
loved singing and inspired by my mum, who had a great voice (she
won a wartime singing competition in Gloucester park) drove people
at school bonkers by singing in my 'operatic' voice at peak volume
in school corridors and around playgrounds.
music career began when I met Abbie Lathe and we formed Roots
Quartet in 1984. The band has undergone various incarnations involving
Mitch Norman and Nigel Pope and now comprises Michelle Hicks and
teaching singing and my other current passions are my two daughters,
Katherine and Juliette, both beautiful singers; the social history
of Somerset Folk Song and ... my
perennial love for things archaeological, which started on a Cotswold
summit (Crickley Hill excavations 1976 to be precise) ...and continues
Click the link to see Yvette at Stonehenge on You Tube