Long Stratton singer Marina Florance making late surge into the music industry

Singer-songwriter Marina Florance, 57. Submitted

Singer-songwriter Marina Florance, 57. Submitted - Credit: Archant

She wrote her first song at the age of just 13, however, this singer is proving that it's never too late to venture into the music world.

Marina Florance, 57, from Long Stratton, is forging a career for herself in folk music and has already gained acclaim on a national basis.

She has featured at such events as the Cambridge Folk Festival and has been recommended by the national press, but it was Norwich that provided the launchpad for her career.

Her very first concert was in 2007 at the Jurnet's Bar in Norwich, then, in 2009 she won a competition at the Norwich Arts Centre to gain arts funding to record her debut album Somewhere Down The Line.

Marina said: 'I've always written songs, but I realised that nobody would hear them if I didn't perform. I received encouragement from my family, so decided to come out of the kitchen and play a concert.'

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In 2012, Marina won a competition called Oldies Composers Competition. which saw her song Cry chosen by a panel of BBC Radio 2 judges, including Sir Terry Wogan.

As a consequence, her song was recorded by an all star band featuring Anthony Head and Nick Mason, drummer of Pink Floyd.

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She said of the experience: 'I can't describe it.

'It was an amazing experience to see my song being recorded and performed by these people – it was a serious career highlight for me.

'I love hearing other people sing my songs, as they always find interesting and different ways to bring them to life.'

Marina is now gearing up to perform at the London Folk and Roots Festival on November 4, as one of four artists selected by arts foundation Folkstock.

Her song, Little Black Cloud, has also been included on a new compilation album, to tie in with the festival. The album, called Downtown, is set for release on November 12 – however, people who pre-book tickets for the festival will receive a free download of the album.

Marina added: 'The London concert has been designed for emerging talents, so I find it strange that I am there because I think I'm quite old to emerge.

'That said, I feel so lucky to be doing what I'm doing now, and it just shows that it is never too late to chase your dreams.'

To see an exclusive interview and performance from Marina, visit www.mustardtv.co.uk.

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