Schwa: an unstressed central vowel (as in a mom e nt a go), represented by the symbol ə in the International Phonetic Alphabet. The most common vowel sound in English, and the one that nobody seems to know about. A trio of musicians and writers from West Yorkshire - we are Schwa.
Peter writes, Richard plays, Jacqui sings: we share the desire to meet and engage with people, to share what can be expressed, and to make great music from what can’t.
We get inspiration from the usual inspiring places - the world (and its inevitable parlous state), nature (the memories of which sustain us, the peril to which propels us to… devise feature-length performance pieces), past poets, future voices. And music - from Franz Schubert to Viv Stanshall, Trevor Watts to Tom Waits, June Carter to Cartola.
‘Schwa make musical magic happen’ - Jenny Harris, Producer Leeds 2023
‘Mixes the deadly earnest with the beautiful and the absurd’ - Better Than Telly