Singer songwriter Lauryn Graves, better known as Delagrave, launches a new EP later this month with a new band and a new sound.

Her track Clean, from an EP released two years ago, was played by BBC Radio1 presenter Huw Stephens and Lauryn is hoping for a repeat performance from the new recording, called Constrictor.

She showcases the four new tracks at The Old Fire Station, Carlisle, on August 30.

Lauryn says her music is still tinged with psychedelia to neo-soul but adds: “There’s more of a funk approach with this band.

“What I want it to sound like and what it actually sounds like can be two different things, but I would describe it as indie funk with a psychedelic influence.”

She is now backed by Lee Barnham on drums, Rod Mackay on bass, Martin McDonald guitar and Richard Hanking on keyboard.

Originally from Keswick, but now living in Carlisle, she has taken time out from her masters in forensic psychology course to concentrate on music.

She appeared on the BBC Introducing stage at the recent This is Tomorrow festival in Newcastle and said: “I thought that was a big deal and wanted to focus everything into the music and seize the opportunity.

“We were the only Cumbrian band there and it went really well,” says the 26-year-old.

With a voice somewhere between Adele and Lan Del Rey, she has auditioned for The Voice and X Factor - but only because her dad Gary is a fan of the shows: “I got through several audition rounds, but did not make it to the TV stage.

“I’m not motivated by chasing fame. I just want to get some recognition for the work that’s put in.”

n Delagrave, The Old Fire Station, August 30. For tickets, go to or call 01228 598596.