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I am a vocalist, cellist and guitar player living in London. I am a member of multi-national folk line-up Band of Burns, 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

COMPOSITION:

‘Lungfull’ is a five track EP of my own songs, recorded in 2014. The record was made 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.

“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

 

Band of Burns – I feature in this project as a singer, collaborator and cellist. The band is touring in January 2018, with shows at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, the Union Chapel in London, and Bristol’s Colston Hall. For tour information please follow the link to the band website.

“Shimmering collection of covers, traditional songs and original pieces that does full justice to the poet’s humane vision.” – Sunday Times

“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

www.bandofburns.com

www.facebook.com/band.burns/

 

Nick Hart and Dominie Hooper – Traditional English folk songs, lush harmonies, a massive guitar.

“Nick Hart & Dominie Hooper are an exciting new duo appearing on the 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 WORK:

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

BEAR AND BUTTERFLY – Theatre Hullabaloo – 2017/18

Theatre Hullabaloo are celebrating the opening of their brand new flagship venue for children and families in Darlington – The Hullabaloo – with their production of Bear and Butterfly. Devised by the company in 2015, directed by Dani Parr, and with script input from Phil Porter, this Christmas Run and January/February tour will end in London at Watermans. I am playing Simon McCorry’s live score on the cello with various effect pedals.

 

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 the 2016 run here.

 

MMM-HMMM – Verity Standen – 2013 – 2015

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 – 2013 – 2015

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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