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Singer, composer, performer and musician based between London and Bristol. Member of multi-national folk line-up Band of Burns. Session and on-stage musician and collaborator on a variety of other music and theatre projects. Trained in physical theatre at Circomedia, Bristol.

This website contains information about my work, past and present, with audio and video examples of some past projects. Please see contact page if you wish to get in touch.

 

Music

COMPOSITION:

‘Lungfull’ is a five track EP of original songs, recorded in 2014 in Manchester by Biff Roxby. With musical contributions from Ellis Davies, Ríoghnach Connolly (The Breath), Angus Fairbairn (Alabaster Deplume), and Phil Howley. It is available to listen and download from Bandcamp.

BANDS:

Band of Burns  – singer, cellist, vocal harmony arrangements

Centered on arresting new versions of classic Burns songs, the band’s material also takes in original compositions and instrumental sets, delivered by an array of compelling vocalists, together with fiddle, bagpipes, and rhythm section. Their crowdfunded debut album, Live at the Union Chapel, thrillingly captures the magic of that triumphant London première.” – Celtic Connections

“A shimmering collection … that does full justice to the poet’s humane vision” – The Times

“Band of Burns take few prisoners with their often raucous, partying dance tunes but are also capable of softer, more reflective moments” – The Herald

“Nourishing stuff beyond its times, a warm, welcoming stew to feed the bones” – The Guardian

“Exemplary musicianship, exemplary lead playing with a real respect for the tradition shining from every song” –Fatea Magazine

www.bandofburns.com

www.facebook.com/band.burns/

Nick Hart and Dominie Hooper – singer

Nick Hart & Dominie Hooper are a captivating new duo who debuted on the folk scene in 2017. They present folk songs collected from around Britain, with stunningly clear vocal harmonies and the thoughtful accompaniment of Nick’s subtle, finger-picked guitar. Expect charming and informative insights into the often obscured genre of English Traditional Song.

 

Brooke Sharkey – cello and backing vocals

“Her tracks ‘Your tomorrow’, ‘Faces’ and ‘Bottletop Blues’ have been played on BBC radio 2, Radio 6, BBC Scotland, Radio FIP and Radio 1 Belgium with live sessions on NPO Radio 1 and 2 in The Netherlands. She has also captured the attention of The Guardian, Loud And Quiet magazine, Acoustic magazine and Maverick magazine. She has supported artists such as Thomas Dybdahl, Ben Watt and french artist Tété. Brooke’s last London show was The Union Chapel in Co- headline with Cameroonian artist BLICK BASSY on 17th November 2017.”

www.brookesharkey.co.uk

 

SESSION SINGER:

I am available as a session singer and able perform in a number of styles depending on the requirements of the project. I started my vocal training at the age of nine, and as well as being a lead vocalist, I have worked extensively as a singer in a number of supporting roles. I have always paid great attention to the complex requirements of harmony singing, with emphasis on tone-matching, phrasing and dynamics. 

If you would like to talk to me about a project, please get in touch via the contact page.

 

Image below – Yola Carter, Spring 2017. Photography by John Morgan.

 

Stage

JEREMIAH – Jack Dean – 2018 – cellist

A raucous new show with live music about England’s forgotten revolution.

Featuring an original score and live band, Jeremiah tells the incredible true story of the much-misunderstood Luddite rebellion.

 

UNDERSONG – Verity Standen – 2018 – singer/physical performer

Undersong places you at the meeting point between threads of music.
Voices weave amongst you and around the space, from a whispered duet to a screaming mob.

Nine singers build a vibrant language of a cappella music and movement as they bring to life a series of brand new compositions, which move between tender and expansive.

‘A visceral and life-affirming experience… it was possible to catch the reactions of the audience at the very heart of this performance: faces of wonder, of fear and of hilarity.’ – Bristol 24/7

 

BEAR AND BUTTERFLY – Theatre Hullabaloo – 2017/18 – musical director/cellist

Theatre for children and young people. Devised by the company in 2015, directed by Dani Parr, with script input from Phil Porter. I played Simon McCorry’s original score on the cello with various effect pedals.

 

LUNA – Theatre Hullabaloo – 2016 – musical director/cellist/guitarist/singer

Theatre Hullabaloo is a pioneering children’s theatre company creating quality work for children and young people. For Christmas 2016 I joined the company for a run of their under-5’s show, Luna, to accompany the show with a live score on cello, guitar and voice, using an array of effect pedals. You can find a review of the 2016 run here.

 

MMM-HMMM – Verity Standen – 2013 – 2015 – singer/physical performer

I was a singer, performer and collaborator involved in the creation of Verity Standen’s masterful acapella trio show. Touring reached such destinations as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Battersea Arts Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol, and many small venues in the Outer Hebrides.

Mmm Hmmm is a playful, poignant musical journey shaped by three exceptional female voices jumping between sound worlds and lyrical styles.

Using intricate vocal techniques and rich harmony, Mmm Hmmm holds a magnifying glass up to snapshots of everyday life. One moment a fragile apology, the next a perilous trip to the First Great Western buffet car…Verity Standen’s original acapella songs evoke the awkward, heartrending and hilarious moments that characterise what it means to be human.

★★★★ WhatsOnStage:
‘A paean to the wonders of the human voice

★★★★ Broadway Baby:
Mmm Hmmm blends a cappella music, theatre and movement to create something brand new and utterly thrilling.’

 

HUG – Verity Standen – 2013 – 2015 – singer/hugger

Each audience member is blindfolded. They are then individually hugged by a singer.
Unable to visually gauge their surroundings, participants experience the performance through sound, breath and vibrations of the body as the choir of voices deliver the song.

WINNER of the Off West End TBC Award 2016.
In 2015, it was shortlisted for The Arches Brick Award and a Total Theatre Award.

★★★★★ TimeOut:
‘To feel somebody’s thorax vibrate as they tackle an elaborate countermelody feels like the most immediate, visceral experience of music as human expression possible… like an antenna to heaven.’

★★★★ Guardian:
‘Song erupts around you… it’s startling, moving and genuinely immersive.’

 

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