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I am a vocalist, cellist and guitar player living in London. I provide cello and backing vocals for singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey, as well as working as a session musician and collaborator on a variety of other musical projects.

Over the past few years I have also worked as an on-stage musician with several theatre companies, including Theatre Hullabaloo,  Sharp Teeth, Compagnie du Hanneton (James Thiérrée), and with composer/director Verity Standen.

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

SOLO

In 2014 I recorded a five track EP of my own songs entitled ‘Lungfull’. It was recorded in Manchester by Biff Roxby with musical contributions from Ellis Davies, Ríoghnach Connolly, Angus Fairbairn and Phil Howley. It is available to listen online below, and can be purchased from Bandcamp.

BANDS

Brooke Sharkey – I have been working in Brooke’s band as a cellist and backing singer since the middle of 2016.

“London based singer-songwriter Brooke Sharkey was raised between France and England, since her return she has released 2 Eps and 2 full length albums ‘One Dress’ (2012) and ‘Wandering Heart’  (V2 records- 2016). Brooke was featured in the FUTURE 50 article in The Guardian in November 2016 about independent artists doing it their own way. She produces her music and collaborates with band members based in and around East London.”

www.brookesharkey.co.uk

Band of Burns – I feature in this project as a singer, collaborator and cellist.

“Band of Burns is a collaboration of twelve musicians from the top echelons of the UK folk scene.

Bringing elements of the musical traditions of Scotland, Ireland, England and even Turkey, so far this band have come together in two iconic venues to celebrate the life and works of Scottish National Poet Rabbie Burns in a truly unique way.”

www.bandofburns.com

Nick Hart and Dominie Hooper – We sing.

“Nick Hart & Dominie Hooper are an exciting new duo appearing on the UK folk scene for 2017. Having both spent years refining their own crafts, they come together to present Traditional English Folk Songs collected from and between their respective homes of Dartmoor and East Anglia. With stunningly clear vocal harmonies and the exquisite accompaniment of Nick’s subtle, finger-picked guitar, they give fascinating and refreshing insights into the often obscured genre of English Traditional Song.”

 

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.

 

The image below is of a Yola Carter gig in Spring 2017. Photography by John Morgan.

 

Stage

LUNA – Theatre Hullabaloo – 2016

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 our recent run here.

 

MMM-HMMM – Verity Standen

I was involved in the initial devising of this arts council funded show in Bristol back in 2013, and performed it across the country until Autumn 2015. Notable places in the various tours were the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Battersea Arts Centre, and a rural tour of 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

I was a key member of this critically acclaimed show from 2013 – 2015, which also toured extensively during this time.

“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.

HUG won 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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