What people say about Debs music:
'....actually very beautiful, haunting and other worldly....I am a fan of what she is doing'
Simon Raymonde, Bella Union Records
'Warm and engaging music from an exceptional musician and visual artist....the result is both fascinating and painfully honest...I recommend checking out www.debsmccoy.com for more of that music and to check out some of the outstanding visual images in her gallery.' Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
'Singer songwriters have it quite hard really, usually one person with an acoustic guitar, the possibilities aren't really endless, are they? Thankfully though, from time to time someone like Debs McCoy will come along, make your ears prick up - and make you think that there is still life in the genre yet.'
Simon Poole, Silent Radio & Writer for Tom Robinson’s FOTN
'Quiver lipped acoustic folk from Newcastle' Time Out, London
'Debs' music is intimately poetic, minimally produced and wonderfully sung; a great way to start this rainy Sunday morning'
Allan Coberly, WRIR Radio, USA
Debs is a painter and photographer as well as a maker of music. She trained at The Kent Institute of Art & Design and Goldsmith's, University of London. She has had 15 group and solo exhibitions in recent years including shows in London, Canada, Japan and San Francisco. Debs also exhibited at The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Arts, Newcastle, in 'Learning to Love You More' shown alongside Yoko Ono and Fluxus exhibitions in 2008. She has also been a sessional lecturer on Fine Art degree programmes.
Debs music is acoustic and moves between folk pop/rock, blues, indie and instrumental styles. Debs is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, piano and harmonica. She has played in bands and at festivals with her brother Jay McCoy and Carl Stafford from KT Tunstall's former band Elia Drew and has played weekly live acoustic sessions and festivals with Sean Harrington from Pillbox & Mishaped Pearls in London. Her recent music focusses mainly on her solo acoustic work.
Debs has played live in session for the BBC and received multiple plays on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio Newcastle, Radio KC, Squarepip Radio, WRIR Radio USA, OGR Radio USA, Columbia University Radio USA, Storyteller Music Australia, since August 2012.
Debs was a virtual recluse for almost 3 years due to crippling anxiety and agoraphobia brought on by an employment tribunal against her former employer the NHS where she worked as an Art Psychotherapist. These struggles propelled her back into making music.
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