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"Derrin Nauendorf at the Centenary Centre"

...The standard for the night was set by support act Christy D and Rob Cross, who deserve more than a small mention for riveting people to their seats (not normally the province of the support act).

Christy, who has previously shared the Centenary stage with Northern Irish songwriter Juliet Turner, combines a breezy stage presence with self-penned songs which mine a rich vein of lyricism and emotional eloquence.

There is a wistful strength in her voice which is reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde; the last time I checked, this was a very good thing indeed.

Twice, the stripped-down set – which includes a beautifully unadorned Guillemots cover ('Made Up Love Song No. 43') – is given a twist by Christy's use of a loop station, allowing her and Rob to play against building layers of vocals and licks. It's an experiment which pays off.

- Liz Corlett
- The Independent, March 14th 08


'Bright On The Outside' EP (independent release - available at gigs only)
Several songs have had radio play on
national radio station, Manx Radio



A curious, gingertopped young thing growing up on a tiny Island in the Irish Sea, Archie was listening to an odd mix of big band, swing and grunge metal while her teeny friends were wrapped up in 80's electro pop and - urg! - rave. Inspired equally by Eddie Vedder, Julie London, Jeff Buckley and the writings of madcap British poet John Hegley, it was always going to be a voracious musical appetite that formed her own musical dabblings. Oh, and somewhere amongst all that, she was a soprano in the youth choir and can still sing large chunks of Mozart's Requiem (tho, maybe not in the same key...)

After studying broadcast journalism in the hope of Getting On The Radio, her musical career 'proper' started by promoting everyone else's stuff, as she put her obsessions to good use with an indie rock show on Energy FM. 'The Back Room' became one of the most popular radio shows on national radio (on the Isle of Man, admittedly...), and with all the live sessions and interviews collected over the years, a CD was produced. It was when she was putting that CD together that she decided to have a bash at the ole songwriting malarky herself - and it seemed apt to write a song about how brave she thought all these musicians were to actually sing their own songs in front of other people. And so, '(You've Got To Be) Drunk' was written.

Shortly after that, on a visit to her siblings in Tennessee, she came home with a shiny new Gibson guitar and found she couldn't stop writing....46 (or so) completed songs later, and a few gigs under her belt, and here she is, touting her wares on t'internet.

A few slight detours should be mentioned tho - while sheepishly introducing her music to the local gigging scene (and yes, she did have to be slightly drunk to do it - at first), she met the stunningly talented Anna Goldsmith and joined her band, playing acoustic guitar and singing backing vocals. Since then, she's also sung backing vocals for Christine Collister ("One of the world's best female vocalists' - Q Mag) and Back Door Slam ("I heard the spirit of Jimi was a group called Back Door Slam" - Seattle Times at SXSW 07), both live and on record, and is the main bv on Anna's own soon to be released debut album.

Also, her current job is with Running Media Group, the management team behind Corinne Bailey Rae and aforementioned Back Door Slam, so although she no longer presents the radio show, she does still spend most of her time promoting everyone else's bless ;-)