S1E2 – Carrie Tree – Songs to Feed the Heart

2nd February 2017

Carrie Tree

Hello friends,

Thanks for dropping by the Lumieres Podcast once again, into the second episode now and it’s starting to feel a little more real! I can already tell it’s going to be quite a journey for me personally embarking on this project – one that will challenge me and push me in all the right ways. I hope you’ll continue to follow the show as it unfolds, I have some great guests lined up over the next month but I’m not going to say any more on that for now – you’ll just have to wait and find out!

As I mentioned in the intro, the world appears pretty crazy at the moment. In times like these it can be incredibly tempting to run and hide away from it all. Whilst that may help you process and calm down in the short term it’s not a solution anyone can make real use of.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself and for those around you is to cultivate a radical level of self-care. By this I mean really attempting to make a practice out of looking after yourself. Maintain your sense of perspective and your connection to the ground beneath your feet. I wrote a piece published by Rebelle Society recently that explores what I mean by this term ‘radical self-care’ and how to begin approaching the concept. I hope you’ll check it out and do let me know if any of it resonates for you.

This episode features the beautiful and gifted singer, songwriter and musician Carrie Tree. It was recorded on a dark and windy night in mid-January and we had a lovely intimate chat about Carrie’s life in music, including her experiences of being in the studio, her travels around the globe playing shows and getting inspired by the deep rhythms and soulful people of Mama Africa.

Keep on shining,



Carrie has toured and/or collaborated with the likes of Damien Rice, Fink, Duke Special, Rumer, Carly Simon, Ben Taylor, Martha Tilston – even the prog rock band Marillion! She has been a known name on the UK alternative/green festival scene for several years playing regularly at festivals like Glastonbury, Sunrise, Shambala and Buddhafields, has travelled through many parts of the world with her music and regularly tours in parts of Europe.

Carrie is strongly involved in the production of her music and co-produced her 2nd album, experimenting with instruments and sounds from around the world, whilst wanting to keep the space and intimacy of the music.

She is deeply passionate about the planet (she changed her performing name to TREE!), human rights and is involved with causes such as Amnesty International, Eradicating Ecocide and No Fracking.

Human Kindness Song from Nic Askew on Vimeo.


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  • On forging stronger audience connection through playing house concerts
  • Crowdfunding a new record
  • The ups and downs of the recording process
  • On questioning her future with music
  • Carrie’s first steps in singing and playing music
  • Her early studio experiences
  • Being inspired by a trip to Australia busking
  • Meeting Damien Rice and playing at Glastonbury Festival
  • Becoming a professional musician and making her first album
  • On working with other musicians
  • On a love for Africa and the sense of home
  • Musical moments with Marth Tilston
  • The magic of getting a complete YES




The Art of Radical Self-Care
Six Organs of Admittance
Drag City Records

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