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This week we continue our latest feature on the Tipping Point, spotlighting the biggest and best emerging acts from across the UK. Each Monday, we ask one of our esteemed tippers to select five of their hottest tips to be featured on the site throughout the week.

Next up we’ve got Claire Dupree, founder and editor of NARC. magazine, the region’s premier monthly alternative music and culture magazine for the North East. Established in 2006, the magazine has cemented itself as the ‘go to’ place for musicians and music lovers alike. In addition to NARC., Claire does various freelance jobs, including lecturing and facilitating workshops for musicians and aspiring journalists – she will also be one of our guest curators at the inaugural Tipping Point Live event this summer! Delve in to her tips below…




I’ve been really impressed with Martha’s evolution as a songwriter over the last few years; having come to my attention as part of folk ‘n’ rollers Holy Moly & The Crackers a few years ago, she’s since gone on to create a sound that’s wholly her own, supported by a band of incredibly talented musicians. Her sound runs the gamut from blues to alt. pop, with a dash of soulful attitude chucked in for good measure. I’ve always really enjoyed her live performances too, definitely one to keep an eye out for.



One of our contributors tipped me off about Josh Ingledew’s debut album, which was quietly released last year, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s interesting, a bit weird, highly musical and pretty unpigeonhole-able – all things that pique my interest!



I’m continually amazed by Rebecca Gregson’s work ethic, and her musical output as Feral Pet is equally as interesting as her work with Sofar Sounds, Generator’s WeCreate project and her own North East Women In Music blog. She combines loops and effects with a hypnotic voice, I think she’s got a really exciting career ahead of her.



This Teesside-based band have an incredibly interesting concept for their debut album built around a Neil Gaiman book, which I can’t wait to hear more of. Their music ticks all my boxes: sonically beautiful, intrinsically interesting and somewhat odd!



I was a huge fan of doom-noise mongers Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister, and it’s been fascinating watching what members of the band have gone on to do since they called it a day. John Edgar’s obviously a creatively restless chap, and his new project under the name of The Dawdler is just lovely. It’s delicately ambient and a bit sad, and proves what a talented songwriter he is.

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