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Cazz Blase reviews the career of Maple Bee (AKA Melanie Garside from Mediaeval Baebes), taking in the albums Hello Eve, Home and Chasing Eva along the way

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Back in the early to mid 1990s, somewhere in the unclaimed hinterland that existed between grunge, punk and goth, a number of intriguing and experimental female fronted, female dominated or (sometimes) all female bands emerged.

In the UK, Daisy Chainsaw, fronted by an unkempt, beribboned and mini-dress wearing Katie Jane Garside, were claimed by a grunge and riot grrrl audience who would follow Garside onto her later band, QueenAdreena.

Around the same time as Garside was leaving Daisy Chainsaw, Miranda Sex Garden – three girls spotted singing Elizabethan madrigals on London’s Portobello Road, who had had the unenviable task of opening for Blur at the Astoria in 1991 – were evolving from a purely Elizabethan tradition into full on avant garde rock and were claimed by the goths. In between these two camps were a little known band called Tabitha Zu, later just Zu, fronted by Mel Garside.

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