Paulusma was happily putting the finishing touches to shed-recorded debut album ‘Scissors in my Pocket’ when Bjork’s label One Little Indian signed her up and catapulted her round the world for six years, supporting Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Jamie Cullum, Marianne Faithfull, The Divine Comedy and Joseph Arthur, playing Glastonbury, Glasgow’s T in the Park and the Cambridge Folk Festival, amongst many others.
Released in 2007, her second album Fingers & Thumbs was a heartfelt cry for help after a series of miscarriages. It was a difficult and very personal album, driven predominantly by an electric sound. Recorded live in Liverpool over five weeks with acclaimed producer Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Kings of Convenience, Gomez, Badly Drawn Boy) it captured a much darker side to Paulusma’s personality.
In 2012 (and two children later), Paulusma released her third album, Leaves from the Family Tree. She founded record label Wild Sound and bought a caravan called Ella. On this joyful third album, she has e-collaborated with folk heroes Adem and Erin McKeown, rock violin diva Anna Phoebe and acclaimed film composer Michael Price of recent Sherlock fame, combining recordings from her garden shed, Pinewood Studios, and everywhere in between to create an insightful representation of the joys and complications of modern family life.
When Tom Robinson recently played a live version of Last Week Me on BBC 6Music, he said: “Just goes to show, all you need is talent… just one woman, a guitar and a voice.”