Stafford teen unveils anti-Valentine's Day single

Girl in the Cafe is the second single from Essington singer Rose Redd and her band of the same name.

She was inspired by her experience of being stood up on a date where she was left waiting in a cafe. But a singer-songwriter is hoping that moment will help her band's career blossom, as she used it to inspire a new anti-Valentine's Day single.

The 19-year-old singer has now filmed the video for the single, at The Mews Cafe in St Mary's Mews, Stafford. Rose said she had turned the experience of being stood up on a date to create her anti-Valentine's Day number.

"It was quite a negative experience, but it made good material for a song that is a bitter kind of an antidote to Valentine’s Day,” she explained.

She said she chose the Mews Cafe because she and her family liked Stafford and were frequent visitors to the town.  Cafe owners Jane and Stephen Gibbons were delighted to turn the cafe into a film set for a day. Rose, whose real name is Lucy Rose Talbot, is a self-taught musician. 

“I had a few guitar lessons when I was young, but then I just took it and ran with it,” she said. 

Rose added neither her father nor mother, Paul and Janette Talbot, were musicians, but they had always listened to a lot of music at home and she and both her brothers turned out to be musical.
Older brother Joe, 21, who wrote some of the guitar riffs on her early songs, is now away at university studying chemistry. But younger brother Sam, 17, who is known as Squib to the band and to his family, plays bass guitar, and was the other founder member of the band with his big sister when Rose Redd started playing professionally three years ago. The band’s name was taken from Rose’s red hair, and the fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red.

They have since added fellow Midlanders Megan Burke, on lead guitar, Laura Grace, on keyboards, and Steve Hitchins on drums. Rose, who writes all their songs,says she takes her inspiration from everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to Iron Maiden.

But particular inspirations were the ‘wonderful’ Kate Bush, and Depeche Mode – particularly the lyrics of Martin Gore.

“I was quite a troubled person and felt I didn’t know what direction I wanted to take,” she explained. “But Martin Gore’s lyrics made me feel like he was a kindred spirit and gave me the inspiration to pick up a guitar and explore songwriting as a means of expression.”

So it was a magical milestone in the band’s developing career this week when Rose Redd were invited to open the bill for Depeche Mode when they played at Birmingham’s LG Arena on

The band can be seen this Saturday at Woody’s Music Bar, Hednesford, and will be playing at the Stumble Inn, Cannock, on March 23 as they embark on a national tour.
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