Rita Payne

One girl. One boy. One guitar. One suitcase. Making folk and roots music in the UK

1. What is your artist name?

Rita Payne

2. How would you describe what you do? 

We don't because quite frankly it's too hard! Other people have described us as acoustic folk rock, deep south blues and doom folk. Doom Folk was definitely our favourite.

3. How long have you being performing/working? 

We have been writing and performing together for just under 2 years.

4. What has been the highlight of your career to date?

There's a few that we really should mention. Appearing on BCC1's The Voice UK was an amazing experience, as was selling out our album launch in Jan 2013. Being commissioned to write and perform the "Official Anthem of Doncaster" for the opening of Cast in Doncaster was also pretty huge for us.

5. Have you worked/performed for/with anyone famous?

Luckily yes. We've supported our mate Lucy Spraggan of X-Factor fame. We've supported The Van Susans, We've also supported BBC Folk Award Winners Blair Dunlop and Tim Edey and hobnobbed with BBC Journalist Andy Kershaw. 

6. If you could perform/work with anyone, who would it be?

Rhiannon: Stevie Nicks. Still foxy in her old age. And Ani DiFranco of course. She taught me everything I know. 
Pete: Mumford and Sons. That's the dream. 

7. What is your guilty pleasure?

Rhiannon: Peanut Butter and Aqua's Dr Jones. Not together though. That'd be weird. 
Pete: Women. I'm also lesbian.

8. Tell us one secret about yourself.

Rhiannon: I was once on regional television and accidentally did the entire interview in an Australian accent. I don't even know why. 
Pete: The drawing of Kate Winslet in Titanic is based on a rather tasteful oil painting of me. 

9. How and why did you get into this profession?

Rhiannon: For wine women, and song.
Pete: For wine, women and song.

10. When you're not working what do you like to do to chill out?

Rhiannon: Work some more. 
Pete: Watch copious amounts of football. 

Website: www.ritapaynemusic.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theritapayne 

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YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOAMo0l5Fkg