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Singer, musician, composer and performer based in London. Member of multi-national folk ensemble Band of Burns. Session and on-stage musician, and collaborator on a variety of other music and theatre projects.

This website contains information about my work, past, present and future.

Please feel free to get in touch via the contact page.

 

Music

COMPOSITION:

 

The Sunday Boys – Manchester’s Male Voice Choir

I was commissioned to write a “New Queer Christmas Carol” for their 2019 Christmas Concert. The piece is still in rehearsal, but if you would like to see the score, please get in touch.

Singing My Mother’s Song – Rebecca Tantony – 2019

I composed a score on cello, guitar and voice for a scratch performance piece of Rebecca’s new poetry collection, Singing My Mother’s Song. A full show goes into development in 2020.

Julie Abbé – Numberless Dreams album – 2018

I wrote cello and backing vocal parts for French-Born folk singer Julie Abbé’s debut album, released 2019.

Kells Water

Lungfull – an EP of original songs, recorded in 2014 at Iron Mountain Studios,  Manchester, engineered and mixed by Biff Roxby. With musical contributions from Ellis Davies, Ríoghnach Connolly (The Breath/BBC Folk Award Best Singer), Angus Fairbairn (Alabaster Deplume), and Phil Howley. It is available to listen and download from Bandcamp.

BAND WORK:

 

Band of Burns  – singer, cellist, vocal harmony arrangements

A super-group celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns. The band has toured England and Scotland from 2016-present, released 2 albums, and performed live on BBC Radio 3’s prime time show In Tune on Burn’s Night 2019. The 2020 tour is booked by Alan Bearman Music and will be a celebration of our debut studio album The Thread, released Oct 2019 on Ord Ban Music. Below are some tracks I led and arranged.

Ca’ The Yowes

Ay Waukin’ O

Absolutely sumptuous” – Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3

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

“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/

Other collaboration and session work:

 

Mikey Kenney Reverie Road Band – cello, backing vocals – 2019

Adam Beattie – backing vocals – 2018/19

Yola – cello, backing vocals – 2017/18

Brooke Sharkey – cello, backing vocals – 2016

Alabaster Deplume and Daniel Inzani – The Jester album – 2014

 

Image below – with Yola, 2017. Photography by John Morgan.

Stage

 

UNDERSONG – Verity Standen – 2018/2020 – 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

 

JEREMIAH – Jack Dean – 2018/2019 – 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.

 

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

Theatre for children and young people. Originally devised by the company in 2015, directed by Dani Parr, with script input from Phil Porter. I played Simon McCorry’s original score on cello with electronic effects 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. 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 critically acclaimed a capella trio show. The show toured extensively, including the Edinburgh Fringe, Battersea Arts Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall, Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol, 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 – 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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