Guest Blog: Bloom Sessions

Priding themselves on supporting women and people of marginalised genders within the music scene across Yorkshire, Bloom Sessions was founded in October last year. Originally funded by charity NYMAZ, they now work in collaboration with Come Play With Me and have also worked with Girls Can Play Guitar. Both a publication spotlighting different artists and illustrators, and a live events organiser, Bloom Sessions have proved themselves to be a vital, innovative part of the North West music scene.

Ahead of their last event of the year at Headrow House tomorrow afternoon, we caught up Claire Hamilton from Bloom Sessions to find more about what they do, why they do it, and what they have planned for the gig tomorrow…

Since October 2020, Bloom Sessions has been supporting women and people of marginalised genders across Yorkshire by hosting live sessions, commissioning artwork and generating digital content. This December, we close off the year with an afternoon of soothing soul, jazz and R&B on Sunday 12th at Headrow House in Leeds, alongside Rumbi Tauro, Pixie Cola and Shantelle King

Originally funded by youth development charity NYMAZ, Bloom Sessions has gone on to be supported by the likes of Leeds Inspired and are currently in collaboration with Come Play With Me. The project started as two friends with a common interest in championing local creatives, a love of music and a drive to see change in the industry. We’re currently a team of three, Cheïma, Izzy and Claire, and we’re more inspired than ever to continue working with fantastic creatives across Yorkshire. 

Frustrated by underrepresentation and dismissal across the industry (boo), as well as personal experiences of a lack of respect and responsibility (double boo), we set our main goal as aiming to be a safe, respectful, fun space for women and people of marginalised genders to express themselves and be paid fairly. 

Bloom Sesh vol.1 spotlighted one illustrator and one musician/band per month between Oct 2020 – Feb 2021, with a super special bumper edition in March ’21 for International Women’s Day in collaboration with Oporto TV and Girls Can Play Guitar. Vol. 2 placed us directly in the live music scene as we hosted two gigs at the heart of Leeds in cooperative club Wharf Chambers. We worked with 8 incredible artists including the likes of Sofa King, The Sound of Modesty, illustrator Janice Leung, and super talented local photographer, Fev

But let’s talk December! We wanted to finish the year on a high, and to counterbalance the frantic festive szn we’ve programmed a perfect sunny Sunday afternoon that is guaranteed to lower your blood pressure. Expect to be swayed (quite literally) by sounds of soul, jazz and R&B as we welcome three superb women to the stage at Headrow House, Leeds. P.S – check out that poster design by the wicked Tanya Shanduka!

With doors at 1pm, we open with Shantelle King, a Bradford based neo-soul artist who has made everything happen for herself, being her own agent, manager and promoter. A certified force to be reckoned with, Shantelle only commands more respect once you listen to her music – it’s smooth, intimate and utterly captivating. Following this, we’ll be hearing from Leeds legend Pixie Cola. Residing between the realms of jazz and hip-hop, Pixie holds one of our favourite local releases of the year. Her debut EP, You’re Living In A Pixie World,Vol.1, combines her powerful lyricism with fragrant beats and dreamy melodies. 

Last but definitely not least, our headliner is the effervescent Rumbi Tauro. Rumbi has had a strong 2021, going from strength to strength with the release of her latest whopper ‘Run Run’, collaborations with The Leadmill and Hope Works as well as festival slots at Long Division and Tramlines. Rumbi’s powerful energy translates into her music and the end result is creative, warm and dynamic – in her own words, she leaves ‘no emotional stone unturned’. We can’t wait to see what she brings to the stage, it’s her first headline here in the city and we want to give a warm reception!

So, if you’re based in the Leeds area, clear your schedule. Join us from 1pm at Headrow House, and even if you’re hungover, this’ll be the perfect remedy to cure those ‘Sunday scaries’. Tickets are only a fiver, but if you’re not in a position to pay that – DM us on Instagram, or email hello@bloomsessions.com, and we can work something out. 

Come say hi, support some underrepresented artists and wrap yourselves up in some dreamy melodies to chase away those wintery chills!

Poster by: Tanya Shanduka 

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