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Haley Bonar on the Beeb: Minnesota singer-songwriter records session at BBC Radio 6 Music

A digital flyer promoting Bonar's BBC Radio 6 Music session

On Monday, local singer-songwriter Haley Bonar visited the BBC Radio 6 Music studios to promote the UK release of her album Last War. In an intimate conversation with Lauren Laverne, Bonar discussed a number of things including her beginnings as a musician, the making of Last War, Justin Vernon’s contribution to the record, the empowering effects of parenthood, and of course, Duluth. She also briefly mentioned the making of a new album, stating that she has finished writing about half of it, and hopes to record it early next year. The musician, accompanied by her band, played two tracks off the album: “Last War” and “Heaven’s Made For Two.”

The UK-based radio station explores a wide variety of music genres including pop, rock, dance, and jazz. Averaging a weekly audience of 1.9 million, BBC Radio 6 Music is the most-listened-to BBC digital radio station, and in 2012 it was awarded Station of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Following her radio appearance, Bonar performed in Brighton and Bristol, and will be continuing the UK tour with shows in London, Manchester, and Glasgow. The UK tour will conclude with an appearance at Liverpool Music Week, in which she’ll be joined by Mogwai, Wild Beasts, CHVRCHES, The War on Drugs, and the Black Lips, to name a few. The local musician isn’t set for another Twin Cities show until December. In the meantime, check out Bonar’s in-studio session at the Current, as well as her live performance at the Minnesota State Fair.

Listen to the BBC Radio 6 Music session here (starts at 2:08).

Brenda Tran is a student at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.