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Is 'female fronted' a genre?

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A few months ago some of the leading women who make music and work in the progressive genre gathered at London's YouTube Space for a discussion on the changing role women have to play in progressive music – long seen, if somewhat incorrectly in a post #MeToo age, as a male-dominated genre.

Pentangle singer Jacqui McShee, Heather Findlay, Cellar Darling's Anna Murphy, Iamthemorning's Marjana Semkina, Magenta singer Christina Booth, music PR Sharon Chevin, who works with Marillion, Steve Hackett, Yes, Ian Anderson and more, and Catherine Jackson, the promoter of prog festival Radar, discussed their experiences in a frank and open discussion chaired by Prog's own Jo Kendall.

In this new excerpt the panel talk about how they feel about gendered musical roles, how they tackle questions about motherhood, and the term 'female-fronted'. 

Cellar Darling won the award for Video Of The Year at the Progressive Music Awards last month. 

Heather Findlay will tour the UK in January.

Jacqui McShee is on tour later this month.

Tickets for Radar Festival 2020 are on sale now. 

Iamthemorning's new album The Bell is out now

You can watch previous #SheRocks clips here:

Part Eight

Part Seven

Part Six

Part Five

Part Four

Part Three

Part Two

Part One