A night celebrating women in music by bringing the finest crop of rising female music artists to the forefront. Back by popular demand MIRI and RoseRed bring you a fifth instalment of artists who are currently making waves in the London music scene. Expect an eclectic musical feast of alternative folk pop, Rootsy Americana, gilded harmonies, and pure rock-solid melodies to whet your appetite and stir your soul.
Over a decade since The Magic Numbers landed in the top ten with their double-platinum-selling debut album, Michele Stodart has taken temporary leave of the band she formed with her brother Romeo, to release her second solo album ‘Pieces’.
Released four years after her solo debut, ‘Wide-Eyed Crossing’, the nine songs that comprise ‘Pieces’ confirm that, almost by stealth, Michele has turned into an artist whose work bears strong comparison to some of the touchstone songwriters that helped shape her outlook.
The bedrock of Michele’s writing is a reliance on rock-solid melodies that always stop short of outstaying their welcome. Keen to ensure that the tunes earned their place on the record, Michele wrote most of the songs on ‘Pieces’ away from her guitar – only setting them to chord sequences when they refused to leave her head.
“Steeped in languid melancholy… [it] sits in a rich tradition that encompasses such touchstone female performers as Karen Dalton, Jinder Sill… Allison Moorer or Gillian Welch… ‘Pieces’ may just be the most impressive record she’s ever made” – 8/10 – Uncut
“…instantly engaging and evocative melodies and sung with an open and honest conviction that reflects the experiences that inform her words… Stodart’s album is a thing of perfection“ – Folk Radio UK
Sisters Coco and Holly Chant spent time moving across Asia and Europe while growing up, while the pair have deep roots in Papua New Guinea.
Currently living in East London, the pair have developed a songwriting style that, while bright and breezy on the surface, is unafraid to tackle serious subjects.
Snapped up by Sunday Best the duo are able to unveil a fresh version of ‘Sunshine’. Recorded at home, their gilded harmonies are reminiscent of First Aid Kit while the message of grabbing live and savouring every moment has rarely been so relevant.
“Life is what you make of it…”
Award-winning singer songwriter Raevennan Husbandes has collaborated with a host of the UK´s most stellar talents, from Lisa Hannigan and The Unthanks to Tracey Browne, Michele Stodart and Paul Liddell. A soon-to-be discovered gem, her fluid finger-picking guitar style and beautiful, clear and heartfelt singing voice can electrify a room. She has recently released her debut EP ´Box of Innocence´ produced by and featuring the legendary BJ Cole on pedal steel guitar.
“Raevennan is blessed with a voice that silences rooms and captivates audiences. It is sweet and pure and drifts beautifully over the intricate and dexterous guitaring she plays underneath” – Alphabetbands
Roisin, Olly and Joe are part of the 3 piece Americana/Country band from Bath. Combining Carter and Cash reminiscent harmonies along with classic handcrafted rootsy songwriting, the group create a dynamic live show that is as upbeat as it is engaging.
ROSERED AND THE BUTTERFLIES
RoseRed And The Butterflies, aka Lydia Nicolaides is a prolific singer/songwriter from north London Enfield. She pens catchy lyrics and silver-tongued melodies that tell stories in a refreshing and original way. With a mixture of realism, fun, quirkiness and sadness, RoseRed’s music can move effortlessly from lightness into dark, and her style crosses a variety of genres, from Folk to Rock; from Country to Reggae. ‘Imagine Mary Poppins on acid’ playing the guitar and dancing like a pixie.
RoseRed released her eagerly awaited debut album ‘Just A Glimmer’ in 2010 an album which she wrote, recorded, produced and funded herself, in-between several years of playing the London gig circuit and which got voted and won the Fatea Magazine debut album of the year 2010 Award.
She has had two of her songs feature in two British Independent Films ‘Jesus Versus The Messiah’ and ‘Chinese Burns’. She has just released her second album New Age Drifter.
Described as the love child of Sting and Edith Piaf, British singer-songwriter MIRI blends heart and grit, distilled through a smooth, melodic pop filter.MIRI’s latest release Sound Vibrations is her third EP, blending distinctive soft, smoky and gritty tones with thought provoking heartfelt lyrics; pop songs that speak fluent indie. ‘Electric Vibes’ has received BBC 6 Radio airplay with Tom Robinson and on Radio DIVA with Heather Peace & Rosie Wilby whilst ‘The Plight’ was played by John Kennedy on Radio X.Three of MIRI’s songs are featured in the film “Fear Of Water” which screened at the International Women’s Film Festival in LA and has been broadcast on TV in the UK. Her track ‘Broken City’ taken from the film received radio airplay on BBC London.
MIRI co-promotes and co-hosts monthly live music night “Blue Monday” at The Boogaloo in London now in its 7th year and collaborating with award winning music venue Green Note on sold out female artist focused events called “Girls To The Front”.
Performing regularly around the UK & Europe MIRI has gained a reputation for her eclectic gigs and stage presence. Past live shows include 100 Club for The Official Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Safe Gigs For Women at The Tooting Tram & Social, Bush Hall supporting Laura Veirs and upstairs at Ronnie Scott’s. Her European travels have led her to perform at L Fest Del Mar in Spain, Sofar Sounds in Amsterdam as well as Berlin, Ireland and Bergen. Behind the scenes, MIRI works with the charity School Ground Sounds which provide additional opportunities for young people to enhance their musical education. She has been a guest mentor for Wired4Music’s drop in for young people aspiring to have a career in music and is on the FAC’s (Featured Artist Coalition) BEAT Board.
Doors: 5.30pm / Music starts: 6.30pm – 11pm