Riona McChree

A couple of years ago I was told that if I practised with a plectrum it might impose a bit of discipline on my sloppy guitar style. While doing my plectrum exercises I stumbled on a chord sequence which seemed to be whispering the name Annabel Lee. And then Annabel Lee began insisting she was the anti-heroine of a murder ballad which I had to write. It was only after I’d finished the whole thing that I had an uneasy feeling that somebody had used that name before. Those with quicker wits and sharper memories than mine will have immediately recognised Miss Lee as the dead heroine of an Edgar Allen Poe ballad. So I had to find another name, and Riona McChree eventually stepped in.

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