Beth Karp is a prolific songwriter (BBC 2021), musician, composer and producer based in Scotland. Originally from Shropshire, Beth has been living in Scotland for the best part of the last 11 years. Known as a genre chameleon, her music doesn't fit into one lane, this is one of Beth's great strengths as a musician, with her willingness and bold approach to exploring creativity she has been able to seamlessly bring us rock, pop, upbeat, folk, downtempo and trip hop music but all with her distinct songwriting and vocal prowess.
Growing up she listened to the likes of Alanis Morrisette, No Doubt, The Cranberries, Garbage, Skunk Anansie, Zero 7, Massive Attack, and distinctly relates car journeys with her dad as having a back drop of The Police with Sting's formidable voice bellowing out about Roxanne. Beth listens to a huge variety of music styles and still enjoys listening to some of these 'good old days' creatives now.
Beth wears her heart and her attitude in her music. It is how she communicates her thoughts feelings and emotions in the most eloquent way she can. She believes for standing up for the marginalised and those who feel like outsiders and brings light into those dark places. She shares anger, frustration, challenging subjects and escapism beautifully. Beth is multi talented and writes, she says "almost constantly at times”. Her ability to capture a mood or a feeling into a song which delves you into her vulnerability is quite extraordinary. Beth believes in spreading hope, questioning the status quo and loves how music gets to the heart and mind unlike anything else she has experienced.
Beth works from her studio and is currently undertaking a PhD into musics responses to trauma, all while working on writing and recording more music.
Eva Cassidy was one of my biggest influences for songwriting and singing when I was kid, I recall singing songbird, tall Trees, fields of gold and over the rainbow, these huge songs meant a lot to me. Fast forward many years and a lot of life experience the songs took on different meanings. Suddenly not a kid anymore and a load of trauma I rediscovered myself through music and used to play this cover along with others while busking on Edinburgh's Royal Mile. That was about a decade ago now.
I was reminded of the song when I was going through my recent photos. And saw a snap I had taken in a forest at the weekend looking up at the trees - giant Scots pines reaching far up to the blue above me. Suddenly I wanted to revisit this beautiful song. Much like Eva Cassidy recalled it from her childhood, as have I and carried it through to my adulthood. Perhaps my own children will find it strikes a chord with them too.