Chloe Foy Interview
Meg Shaw enjoys a finely brewed tea in Leaf, watching and chatting with the wonderful Chloe Foy.
It is a typical autumn night on Bold Street; a perfect evening for a cup of tea and a gorgeous acoustic performance.
I had been invited to interview Chloe Foy at her Liverpool show. Accompanied with a perfectly brewed cup of tea from Leaf, Foy took the entire room on a journey, utilising tracks from her debut album Where Shall We Begin to paint the struggles and triumphs of her life.
With the subtle yet effective addition of her guitarist accompanying her effortless vocals and rippling acoustic guitar on stage, the audience were captivated as soon as the title track began. Despite it being an acoustic, stripped back performance for this leg of the tour, her heartfelt lyrics and charming personality filled the whole venue, and was a privilege to watch.
Before the show I spoke to Foy, armed with a trusty pot of random questions.
If you want to be transported to an ethereal place, Foy returns to the North West on Wednesday (13th October), where she will take to the stage at Gulliver’s in Manchester.
Planet Slop: From what I have read about you, you are originally from Gloucestershire and have since moved up to Manchester, is that right?
Chloe Foy: Yes that’s right, so I’m a country-bumpkin at heart, and have now lived in Manchester for nine years. I very much love the music scene up here in the North West – it’s been a very good home for me.
PS: I have my pot of questions here, you have already selected three. So, the first one; what is your favourite venue to play at?
CF: That’s a really hard question, but I’d have to say Studio 2 on Parr Street here in Liverpool, but obviously that is no longer which is really sad. In terms of Manchester venues, I love to play at Gulliver’s and The Castle. I think they are a hot-bed of new talent and you always get treated really well there.
PS: If you could be born in any decade, what would it be and why?
CF: See, initially I was thinking of the 60s because of the wonderful music that was coming out then. In terms of fashion, I’m a big fan of the 20s and 30s. However, although the present day seems a bit rubbish, I feel it’s the best it’s ever been for women; even though recently it doesn’t seem like that. That was a really meandering answer to that question, sorry!
PS: Just to steer off on what you just mentioned there with the 60s music, who would you say your main influences are from that era in terms of your music?
CF: So I grew up listening to The Beatles, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell – but also Kate Bush and Elvis Costello. So it’s kind of a mix of that music from the 60s and 70s and that time.
PS: One more from the pot; If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
CF: I think it would be a falafel box, with good pickles and a good amount of hummus. I can never get enough hummus, in fact there’s some right next to me now. It’s gotta be good falafel though, stuff that’s fried and green on the inside – not too dry!
PS: You’re definitely in the right place here at Leaf then with your falafel and hummus! Just one last question before you go…. other than Liverpool obviously, which city are you most excited to play at on this tour?
CF: I’m really excited to play in London. I’ve not played there much before, and it feels like there’s going to be a good crowd there, and we are playing as a full band. So yeah, I’m quite excited to bring it all to London for the first time!
Chloe Foy plays Gulliver’s in Manchester on Wednesday 13th October.