Self proclaimed “Acoustic Foot-Stompers” Rita Payne (Rhiannon Scutt and Pete Sowerby) are one of the UK’s fastest rising acts. From supporting some of the country’s leading artists to appearing on BBC One’s The Voice UK, this unstoppable duo’s voyage to superstardom is unquestionable.
Drawing from eclectic mix of musical tastes, from Fleetwood Mac and The Beatles to Paloma Faith and Beirut, The L-Fest 2014 award winners use breathtaking vocal harmony, mesmerising guitar riffs and toe tapping beats to create their own unique brand of acoustic music that is enjoyed by the most traditional folkies, rockers and chart lovers alike. Even though they rub shoulders with the likes of Jon McClure, Martin Simpson and Wilko Johnson on a regular basis, this small town duo still have their feet firmly on the ground and are always eager to promote their hometown. “Doncaster’s finest songwriters,” were commissioned to write the Official Anthem of Doncaster for the opening of the new multi million pound arts venue - Cast, and performed it to a thousand strong sell out crowd. They then went onto make history by becoming the first musicians to headline the venue.
They have released two albums to critical acclaim and appeared on BBC1’s The Voice UK, as well as supporting the likes of Reverend and the Makers and Lucy Spraggan, and appearing on the same bills as The Beautiful South, Big Country, Bellowhead and The Animals. They were also selected by KFC to help soundtrack their new Deep South Menu online.
Wherever possible, Rita Payne use their music to make a difference. They are keen activists and regularly support charities both local and global, using their rapidly growing profile to publicly raise both money and awareness whenever and wherever they can.
“Rita Payne are amazing, great guitar playing, wonderful harmonies and charm and charisma to boot” – Martin Simpson 2015