So, I’m taking a little bit of space now to focus on the completion of my next EP, and the adaptation of my live show. New toys, new sounds, but still me. This new release is a scrap-book of field recordings and songs collected on a recent trip to India/Nepal, where I joined the congregation of an old friend’s wedding, and took the opportunity to study Indian Classical singing for a month in Kolkata, before taking to the Nepali Hills to do some trekking. It was a really valuable creative experiment to take myself completely outside of my everyday life, and challenge my process. I also collected some pretty cool sounds too – donkey bells, rickshaws, monsoon thunder storms…. ! Please follow my blog to keep up with my progress (top left scroller), or check out the ‘Listen’ page to hear my debut EP, ‘Seed Bud Bloom’, and maybe even grab a sneaky peak at tracks from the new EP as they unfold…
FEMME de MUSIQUE
A new female-led music night, at The Greenbank, Easton, hosted by Eko Collective
Our first UK tour marked the beginning of a new Bristol-based music night that aims to give a platform to quality female-led music projects in and around the area. The night seeks to re-address the gender balance in gig line-ups, by offering more opportunities to women, and projects that have women in them. Even in 2015, we see that only 14% of PRS members are women, and 15-30% of the bands we see in festival line-ups have a woman in them. There is just so much more to be heard from this other half of our population. This night is not just for girls either. We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response from so many men who would also like to hear more women sharing their music, or play in environments where the gender gap is more balance. Our first night will be headlined by co-founder of The World is Listening, Nuala Honan, supported by African-jazz songstress Sisanda Mayataza, hosted by my vocal project, The Eko Trio. Please check out my blog & gig listings for more info.
@WiListening @NualaHonan @Siddysongbird @EkoCollective @GreenbankEaston
OCTOBER UK TOUR 2015
Oxford – Bath – Bristol – London – Leeds
Me and my loop pedal are coming to a town near you! The vocal project I collaborate with, The Eko Trio, are releasing a single on state of the art wooden spoon format (yes, that’s right), and we are sharing it with the nation. Alongside our vocal harmony, each member of the trio – myself, Lauren Bradford & Julia Turner – will be giving an individual set from our own solo projects. 4 delicious acts for the price of one, you lucky people. Please see check my blog for links to individual acts, gig listings, and the music video to our single release. Hope to see you soon!
@GreenbankEaston @TheMusicGoesO @EkoCollective @thebellinnbath #thelovelounge @The_GalleryCafe @HeadingleyHEART
‘Seed Bud Bloom’ – debut EP by Isolde,
Available for download on iTunes, Bandcamp, 7digital, Google Play, Beatport, Amazon MP3, Sony Entertainment, Rdio, Beats Music, Juno, Spotify, VEVO, Youtube, JB – Hifi, Tidal and Shazam.
‘We’ve had a smattering of incredible exploits so far in 2015. Isolde is one of these, promoting an inspired and colourful sound and raised by a family of artists, it’s no surprise her output is consistently textured and visual.’ – Time Out Bristol
‘Real world Folktronica… on a rowboat in a slightly misty lake’ – The 405
‘M&S isn’t an influence your usual singer-songwriter might list, but forget your Value range: we’re sitting firmly in finest here’ – Bristol Live Magazine
‘I’m sitting in a darkened Spiegeltent watching circus freaks contort and fly, expressing both the beautiful and abstract aspects of life… a beautiful and musical stream of consciousness collaged from every day sounds.. ‘ – Amelia’s Magazine
‘Isolde Freeth-Hale is not a name you hear very often.. and she has been a busy bee’ ‘Peacan Pie… Lemonade… Moths… @isoldegoestweet can write a song about anything… ‘ – BBC Introducing in the West, BBC Radio Bristol
‘Isolde sings beautifully. Her gentle, out-of-this-world song ‘Seed Bud Bloom’ is gloriously original – and magic!’ – Marianne Fry (Stephen Fry’s mum)
Come to my EP Launch on 23/5/15!
Saturday, 3.30-4.30pm, FREE, with support from local world music choir, The Morning Chorus. Rise Independent Record Store, 70 Queens Rd, Bristol, Avon BS8 1QU.
“During this daytime gig (3.30-4.30pm) Isolde will be performing her debut EP, Seed Bud Bloom, alongside other fruity numbers from her dream-folk-toytronica, Bjork meets Bobby McFerrin repertoire. Aided with loop station, found trinkets, field recordings, kalimba, ukelele, guitar, vocal/body percussion, and hydrating harmonies, you are in for a sensory treat. There will also be support from soulful world-music choir, The Morning Chorus, who promise to serenade and lift your world weary ways. My golly gosh, and it appears to be completely FREE.”
For more info, please use the scroller in the top left hand corner of the screen, or you can also find me in these places: