MORCHEEBA star Skye Edwards has to work extra hard to maintain her distinctive voice - by sticking to complicated and restrictive diets.

The Brighton, England-based TRIGGER HIPPY singer admits her vocal chords get clogged up with mucus unless she heeds doctors' advice and stay away from certain foods.

She says, "I've been lactose-free for about two years and now I'm wheat-free and sugar-free too. Even grapes are too sugary for me and I get bunged up.

"It's not all bad - I'll have the occasional glass of champagne if we have something to celebrate and I don't have a problem with whisky and vodka."

25/06/2003 09:16