EFA SUPERTRAMP BIOGRAPHY
Efa Supertramp is a Welsh folk-punk grrrl who comes armed with an acoustic guitar and a powerful voice. She regularly tours across Europe – appearing at festivals, bars, squats, venues, living rooms and street corners to perform her songs. Originally from North Wales and now based in London, Efa sings in both English and Welsh and has been shouting about the world’s wrongs in one form or another since she started her bilingual punk band The Stilletoes at the age of 15.
Her first solo album Rhyddid Yw Y Freuddwyd (Freedom is the Dream) was released in 2015 and saw her touring the songs extensively across the UK and Europe, frequenting autonomous and political spaces as well as independent venues. She’s been honing her craft since then, culminating in a second album recorded during the pandemic lockdown coming out in autumn 2020, along with her first short-run vinyl 7” release. Her catalogue of works are self-released and self-funded.
Whether it’s the DIY attitude of the punk scene, the powerful female voices of Riot Grrrl, the socialist beliefs of many of her fellow Welsh-speakers or the anarchistic spirit of folk music’s nomads – it can all be found in Efa’s music and activities. Efa’s songs are angry but uplifting; railing against money, power and greed whilst having a zest for life and freedom. Her anger at an unjust world is combined with constructive solutions and hope for a better future. Efa deftly combines elements of her influences to pay tribute to those who fought for equality in previous generations – showing that protest music is far from dead.
True to the spirit of DIY culture, Efa releases her own music, books her own tours and even makes zines to tell you all about the adventures of her tours and the autonomous and DIY punk spaces she visits. Her passionate attitude for performing and DIY culture has seen her make a name for herself in the underground DIY and folk-punk scene with her honest and outspoken attitude towards life and politics. She has notably performed at Rebellion Festival and Boomtown Fair and supported punk legends such as TV Smith and The Damned, as well as some of folk’s contemporary offerings such as Grace Petrie and Beans on Toast.
She is also the lead vocalist for electronic punk band Killdren and appeared as guest vocalist for Grand Collapse, Clusterfuck and Cyrion in recent years. Efa’s face was also recently in the Daily Mail and most other mainstream media after Killdren were uninvited from Glastonbury for the content of one of their controversial songs. Luckily the band got the chance to put their point across about disastrous Tory austerity measures in the more left-leaning media of The Independent, NME + DIY Conspiracy.
As a keen creative catalyst and political activist, Efa has also appeared on several panels discussing music, politics and underground culture such as National Theatre of Wales and The Guardian’s Panel on Theatre, Grassroots and Activism (2016); a panel on the mix of music and politics alongside Dave Randall and Daniel Rachel at Merthyr Rising Festival (2017) and discussing DIY Alternative Culture and Politics at Beyond The Paradox: Nights Conference in Brussels (2018). She also presented a series of items on Welsh-language youth programe Y Lle about unusual subcultures and underground happenings in Wales on S4C; and was also subject of a Europe-wide TV programme and survey ‘Generation Quoi’ about young people’s ambitions, hopes and worries.
Efa has a lust for travel and new experiences that will see her performing at a gig near you soon. With just a guitar, some well-placed anger and a whole load of love to give she will bring a tear to your eye and some fire in your heart.