Former Peebles pupil is first solo female shortlisted for national award

Plum, aka Shona Maguire, has been shortlisted for a Scottish Alternative Music Award.

Plum, aka Shona Maguire, has been shortlisted for a Scottish Alternative Music Award.

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Musician, singer-songwriter and one of the UK’s few female electronic music producers, Plum is the first female artist to be shortlisted for a national music award.

Plum, aka ex-Peebles High School pupil Shona Maguire, was recently selected by a prestigious British music website as “one to watch in 2013”, and has now been shortlisted in the Best Electronic category at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs).

Securing comparisons with the likes of Bjork, Niki and the Dove, Lana Del Rey and PJ Harvey, but with an intricate electronic edge, it has been a great start to the year for Plum.

Plum, who can count 2013 Brit Award Nominee Goyte and Canadian rap-legend Buck 65 among her fans, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted. Female electronic music producers are very rare right now, so I hope that this inspires other female artists to produce great electronic music and compete with the best.

“My latest album, The Seed, was entirely funded by my fans, so it is great to be able to reward them for their dedication by securing honours like this.”

The album has earned rave reviews, and currently has a five-star rating on iTunes. Ravemaster described it as: “Already one of the most important albums of the year.”

The winners of the SAMAs are voted for by the public – from Monday, fans have been voting for their favourite at http://officialsama.co.uk

Described as a “mad scientist” for her energetic live performances, Plum sings, plays instruments and uses home-made floor pad samplers, filters, various buttons and triggers.

She will be releasing her next EP, Betsy Thunder, in June, along with live dance performances, resulting from a residency with Edinburgh’s Dance Base, due to take place next month.

Uniquely for an unsigned act, Plum has a group of über-fans who follow her every move and have even been known to dye their hair in support of the artist, as well as baking cupcakes topped with edible Plum logos to hand out at live gigs. Her music has been used on the BBC’s Lip Service and a Scottish Government anti-knife-crime advertisement.