Lydia Jane Pugh began performing at the age of 6, through local theatre productions. She trained as a musician via the Guernsey Music Service, learning piano, voice, cello, percussion, and eventually she taught herself the guitar at university. At 16 she started working as a self-accompanied vocalist, performing in Hotels, Pubs and for weddings and private events across the Channel Islands. In 2005 she was awarded an unconditional offer to study for a BA in Music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), where she first started songwriting and developing her unique 'Jazz'n'Roll' style; merging off-the-wall vocal technique with soulful-jazz, driving rock-n-roll, beautiful folk and a good dash of charisma. With original songs and insightful interpretations of modern day songs in the jazz idiom, Lydia’s music transcends genres and gets straight to the heart of it’s listeners.
Since leaving LIPA Lydia has worked tirelessly as a performer, in her home island of Guernsey, across the UK and as far afield as Canada and the USA. Her songwriting talent is clear, having been shortlisted for the Songdoor International Songwriting Competition, 2012, and making the semi-finals 'Song of the Year, 2014' with '1945' (soft-rock category).
Her EP "Island of Silence" is available for purchase by following the link: www.reverbnation.com/lydiajanepugh
Please see the gigs page for lists of up-coming shows - for bookings please go to the contact page
Performing in "Stormy Monday" in all it's incarnations is a real highlight for Lydia's career. Formed in 2011 at the suggestion of a mutual friend, Lydia and guitarist Chris Taylor formed a jazz-duo and started performing regularly at the Cock and Bull, Guernsey. During 2012 they often invited sax player Colin Falla to join them, and then Chris finally bit the bullet and booked 'Stormy Monday' to perform as a five-piece for Guernsey Liberation Day 2013, adding bass and drums to the mix. Providing confident, professional performances and imaginative re-workings of rock classics as jazz favourites, "Stormy Monday" are an increasingly popular group across the Channel Islands.
The bands complete and current lineup consists of:
Lydia Jane Pugh: Voice and Keys
Colin Falla: Saxophone (Tenor / Soprano)
Chris Taylor: Guitar
Peter Mitchell: Bass Guitar
James Morvan: Drums
For more information on the bands up-coming gigs please visit the Gigs Page or like the Facebook Page.