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U.K. + ITALY
Alternative Folk / Indie Rock
Plunkett is an independent alternative folk-rock duo formed in 2004 by british guitarist Ian Plunkett(05.04.1974 Norwich, U.K.) and italian producerLara Bartocci(05.06.1972 Solothurn, Switzerland).
Both Ian and Lara had a love for music from a very early age. Lara chose the piano, Ian the guitar.
After studying music and sound engineering at Rome, writing and recording with the ambient project Ex Machina and alternative electro pop group Otero, Lara became a partner and A&R of Dune Records, an independent Italian label based in Florence.
Ian had always played in local bands while in the U.K. and after finally finding like minded musicians the electro-rock band ‘Pukromo' was born.
In late 1999 Pukromo signed to Dune Records recording their debut album ‘Promise Me Kill Me' in Florence during 2000.
Unfortunately, the album was never released, the band split and Dune Records closed down, but Lara and Ian got together.
Ian moved to Italy in 2002 and the two got married in 2004. After a couple of years, some old impulses to make music creeped back and they started writing what would become their first album '14 Days', released independently in 2006. ''A pure and natural record in a world of ipods and samples,14 Days achieves that rare objective of having just the right balance between emotion and good tunes. Message with melody.''
2008 sees the release of Plunkett’s second album ‘Folk Songs’. Contrasting its predecessor, although still remaining alternative contemporary folk rock, the sound and feeling of the album is much more direct with as much emphasis on the lyrics as on the music showing the maturity of the duo. “Plunkett’s second album is an 'important' work. A record of simple appearance and direct delivery, which hides much more that what can be tasted at first glance..''
With a desire to only write songs and move people, Plunkett choose to remain independent artists and work outside of the mainstream music business making their albums available to their audience with the support of online independent distributors.
Official band's site: www.plunkett-music.com