Jude Abbott is an accidental popstar. She didn’t harbour dreams of life as a musician. It wasn’t the only thing she ever wanted to do. She was just an average suburban child who happened to play the trumpet. So spending sixteen years in anarcho-pop-folk-chart-topping Chumbawamba was quite an unexpected career turn. She is, officially the Luckiest Woman In Pop. You know that trumpet solo in Tubthumping – that was her.
Her trumpet playing has been variously described as ‘soaring’, ‘lyrical’ and ‘cheesy’.