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Saturday 19th March ’16

We have Rachel Dadd in the house at our next #FemmeDeMusique @GreenbankEaston on 30th March, supported by Emma Gatrill, hosted by our very own Julia Turner. It will be an unmissable night, so you should click on the fb invite and say you’ll come!

https://www.facebook.com/events/721463681324634/

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Wednesday 16th March ’16

Here’s a link to the live interview/performance I did on Frome FM recently (scroll down), complete with a 5 track playlist of some of my all time favourite influential artists… http://frome.fm/programmes/music/sound-check/

Saturday 12th March ’16

A really sweet write up of an interview I did with Her Campus, by Serena Basra. Thanks Serena! x

http://www.hercampus.com/school/bristol/meet-isolde-bristols-and-coming-singer-songwriter

Tuesday 8th March ’16

Looking forward to playing at Farmest ’16, check out the line up ….

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Friday 26th February ’16

If you haven’t experience the harmony explosions of my vocal project, The Eko Trio, please allow us to serenade you at The Canteen this Sunday at 4pm 🙂 We have some new tunes to share too… xxx www.facebook.com/events/534325113405274/

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Photo courtesy of @Dot_Lucy_Photo (dotandlucyphotography.co.uk)

Thursday 25th February ’16

Some photos of last night’s #FemmeDeMusique 3 @GreenbankEaston, featuring @LadyNade @RachelBedford27 & hosted by our own Eko Lady, @LaurenNBradford. Thankyou @Dot_Lucy_Photo (dotandlucyphotography.co.uk) for the photos 🙂

Sunday 21st February ’16

#FemmeDeMusique, our new female-led music night, is back this Wednesday @TheGreenbank, featuring @LadyNade, @RachelBedford27 hosted by @LaurenNBradford, £5, 8pm. If you have never been to one of our Eko Collective nights, you are in for a treat.

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Saturday 20th February ’16

Oh yeah! just booked my flight to California, 31st March – 21st April 🙂 Going to see my papa, soak up the sun and get some inspiration. Might play a few gigs while I’m out there too, if anyone knows any good promoters/venues, hook me up! #California #eatmytan

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Thursday 18th February ’16

Thank you folks for helping me get to over 500 likes on my page! I like u very much too 🙂 Russell Wallace, u win a free EP and a snog! Xx

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Friday 12th February ’16

Tune in this Saturday to Frome FM (96.6) at 9pm for a live set and interview with myself on the show ‘Soundcheck’, hosted by Sara Vian and Patrick Moss. Then join the Magpie Folk Show Cafe (Frome FM) on Sunday 14th at 7pm for some more tunage, hosted by Sarah Curtis and Patrick Moss. It shall be LOVErly… 🙂 x

http://frome.fm/programmes/music/magpies-folk-cafe/

Thursday 11th February ’16 

I just love these guys, their videos are second to none… @okgo

Tuesday 9th February ’16 

Loving the album ‘No Better Time Than Now’ by Shigeto… @_SHIGETO, hoping to catch him when he’s on tour….

Thursday 28th January ’16

Some beautiful photos from FdM2 last night, LADIEs of LOOP, courtesy of Dot & Lucy Photography. Another cracking show, with top class female acts and audience vibes bursting at the seams. Thank you SO much all who came…

Wednesday 27th January ’16

Looking forward to hosting our 2nd Femme de Musique tonight at the Greenbank, I’ll be playing a spacey-bowie tribute number just for you, and joined by fellow loopy ladies Ava Osbiston and THE Suzy Conrad. Can’t wait xxx https://www.facebook.com/events/1708474502721453/

Sunday 17th January ’16 

Happy New Year Facebook! I hope 2016 has been a good one so far. Please join us for our 2nd Femme de Musique night on 27th Jan, featuring LADIES THAT LOOP – headlining Suzy Condrad, supported by Ava Osbiston, hosted by myself. £5 on door. Our first night back in Nov was a knock-out, u could slice the atmosphere with a butter knife, so it will be too good to miss (although we’ll be back next month too…) x
https://www.facebook.com/events/1708474502721453/

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Saturday 19th December ’15

I am happy to announce that as of 4th Jan 2016, I will be the new singing course tutor at the Bristol Folk House, for both the ‘Finding Your Voice’ (ha ha, I know, de ja vu Leeds people!) and ‘Enhancing Your Voice’. We’re already looking pretty booked up, but there may still be some places left if you want to enrol, or maybe see you in the Summer term Xx
http://www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk/course.php?choice=6219

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Thursday 26th November ’15

Wowzer! what an amazing first #FemmeDeMusique night we had down at the @TheGreenbankEaston last night, featuring Sisanda Myataza (@Siddysongbird) Nuala Honan (@NualaHonan) hosted by The Eko Trio (@EkoCollective). Couldn’t squeeze another bum in the room, thank you to everyone who came! here are somepics, courtesy of Dot & Lucy Photography….

Saturday 21st November ’15

Working on the new EP and just finished another excellent mixing lesson with production maestro Mark Omen AKA Bobby Walters. If you’re in need of production lessons, or any production for that matter, I cannot recommend his expertise and approach highly enough. Thankyou Mark! Xx @bobbywalters78 ‪#‎production‬ ‪#‎womenintech‬

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Wednesday 18th November ’15 

Hello Bristol! The Eko gals & I are hosting a new monthly night down at the Greenbank aimed at bigging up the bad-ass female musicians out their who we don’t think get enough light (men v much welcome though!). First night kicks off with Nuala Honan, supported Sisanda Myataza, hosted by the Eko Trio. What a feast! Please feel free to share xxx
https://www.facebook.com/events/127308710961123/144761982549129/

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Sunday 15th November ’15

Tonight I’ll be hosting an open mic with the choir, The Morning Chorus, that I run. The Arts House, Stokes Croft, 7.30pm. Feel free to come an join in/perform/just listen with a really lovely group of people who will appreciate your tinkles and serenade you back xx

Friday 13th November ’15

Guna be doing a set at the Sanctum project near Temple Meads at 4pm on Saturday, if anyone would like to come and hear my last gig of the year before I hibernate into a couple of months of finishing my next EP…. you’ll get to hear my new space mash-up song and everything…. x

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jul/20/artist-theaster-gates-bristol-church-sanctum

Thursday 12th November ’15

The Goddess of loop, aka @buntylooping and the delicious queen of hearts @nualahonan representing @wilistening, and a lucky happy me in the middle! Thanks so much for having me to play tonight @Inthecanteen u wonderful wonderful women xxx

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Wednesday 11th November ’15

Looking forward to supporting @Buntylooping tonight @IntheCanteen for the @WiListening take over 9pm 🙂 ‪#‎looping‬

Monday 2nd November ’15 

Thankyou to everyone who came to join us at one of our tour gigs, a big thank you for your love and support… xxx

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Saturday 31st October ’15

Our fifth, and final date of the @EkoCollective tour, in God’s Own Country, good ol’ LEEDS. This is apparently what I looked like on the way from London….

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So Leeds is where I first met Julia and Lauren, although they didn’t meet until we had all moved to Bristol. Julia used to be my neighbour in Hyde Park, and I met Lauren just as we were both about to move down to Bristol, a happy fluke 🙂 Needless to say, we all studied in this city made famous by the Otley run, and Leeds is like a second home to me. Sigh. Even my cat still lives here. SO good to see some of the Leeds crew, and even have an incredibly surreal after-show pint in the Headingley Skyrack on Halloween Saturday night, watching zombies beat up human pumpkins…. Thank you @HeadingleyHEART for hosting such a lovely evening, and to all who came xxx

Friday 30th October ’15

Fourth night of the @EkoCollective tour tonight, my native city, LANDON TAAAN!

Julia and I had a busy day today, not only did we travel to london, we went to my grandma’s to pick up 2 BOXES of my dad’s pre-naughties, dub, reggae, soul & disco vinyl, which he’s now passed on to me after a clear-out, so I now own vinyl! and it looks like I’m now kitted out to do some serious dj-ing…. Thank you @The_GalleryCafe for hosting us, and sooooo many thankyous to all the delicious friends, family and new friends who came all the way to Bethnal Green to support us (…my 85 year old aunt and her new 89 year old husband came all the way from West London!) it was magic to see you all xxx

 

Wednesday 28th October ’15

Third night of the @EkoCollective tour tonight, in our home town of BRISTOL.

Bristol is where Lauren, Julia and I first came together to sing as a trio, and also to put on nights together as a songwriters collective. Earlier this year, we put on our first Eko Collective night at the Bristol Folk House, where we shared a stage as 3 diverse female singer-songwriters, and collaborated as a vocal trio. We had such a great response, packing out the Folk House with our first night, that we took inspiration to do this tour, and also to start up a regular night in Bristol, opening out this shared-stage opportunity with other quality female music acts in and around the area. So, here we are again, our 2nd Bristol Eko Collective night, and the first of our new night @TheGreenbankEaston, called #FemmeDeMusique, which will be on the last Weds of every month, starting here!… Thank you to all who came to support, it was a lovely, chilled mid-week gig….

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Saturday 24th October ’15

Second night of the @EkoCollective tour, in the beautiful city of BATH. Thank you @thebellinnbath #thelovelounge for hosting us, and to all who came to support… xx

Friday 23rd October ’15

First night of the @EkoCollective tour tonight, starting in yurt in OXFORD, featuring individual sets from The Eko Trio, Lauren Bradford, Julia Turner, and myself, Isolde.

Thank you @TheMusicGoesO for hosting such an exquisitely beautiful evening in your traditional hand-painted out-door yurt. I’ve never played a gig in a yurt before, and what a treat to play to play to such an intimate audience of only 20 people! It was like we were all friends, I could just say the first thing that came into my head and have a chat with you all, it was great. Thank you Oxford friends who came to support and say hi 🙂 xxx

Thursday 22nd October ’15 

Practising for our October Tour. Can you tell how good it’s going to be? You should all come, and bring yer mates! x


23rd Oxford – http://www.facebook.com/events/1656335937945862/
24th Bath – http://www.facebook.com/events/520343328120835/
28th Bristol – http://www.facebook.com/events/832277323546641/
30th London – http://www.facebook.com/events/1474870809501258/
31st Leeds – http://www.facebook.com/events/1474870809501258/

Wednesday 21st October ’15

Eko Collective have party bags to share with you on our tour this month…

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Saturday 17th October ’15

What do you eat before a show? The Eko Trio like bananas.

The Eko Trio sing ‘Blue Ridge Mountain’ live from Colston Hall foyer for Bristol Festival of Song ’15… if you missed out last week, fear not, we shall be singing it again on the 28th Oct The Greenbank Pub Easton, or next Friday in Oxford, next Saturday in Bath, not to mention London and Leeds the weekend after that! x

Friday 16th October ’15

Supporting Bunty on Weds 11th November at the Canteen, as apart of The World Is Listening take-over week. It will be loopalicious x

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Thursday 15th October ’15

Dear Bristol! My vocal project, The Eko Trio, are preparing a singing workshop treat for you on Saturday, complete with beautiful harmonic riffs, vocal games to get the inspiration flowing, and creative opportunities to play and explore improvisation in a safe and supported space. Be sure to book your place and tell yer mates! Here is a clip of one of our vocal jams from our Intergalactic Space Singing workshop this summer at Shambala Festival! Enjoy x
https://www.facebook.com/events/914855751915450/

Monday 12th October ’15

Monday Morning :O anyone needing a motivation boost? Here’s a song about procrastination by the Eko Trio that we’ll be singing for you at our pre-tour shows THIS FRIDAY for the Bristol Festival of Song (1.20pm John Wesley Chapel & 5.20pm Colston Hall Foyer). We also have a singing workshop on Saturday 12-1.30pm at Hamilton House. Hope to see you there 🙂 x

Saturday 10th October ’15

Here’s a sneaky peak into one of the new pieces we’ll be sharing with you on The Eko Trio October Tour…. but what are all these spoons all about? To find out more and keep updated, please like our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/ekocollective or join us at one of our shows! Spoon you later x

Friday 9th October ’15

It was wonderful to sing with the Eko girls for Jonny Velon’s album pre-launch gig earlier this year in January, check out the video that was made in the process for Jonny’s current single that’s now available for download x

 

Thursday 8th October ’15

Its official. I’m now official. New ‘business’ cards and postcard takeaways for ‘Isolde’ and ‘The Eko Trio’…

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Wednesday 7th October ’15

Wowzer! Sooo many things coming up this month! Firstly, Bristol Festival of Song will be hosting my choir, The Morning Chorus, in the Colston Hall Foyer next Monday 12th at 5.45pm. ALSO The Eko Trio vocal project I sing with will be performing twice in the same programme later on in the week (both Friday 16th), AS WELL AS leading an open acappella singing workshop on the Saturday 17th @ 12 midday, Hamilton House. Get your ears around one of our tasty M.C. tunes, and check out the fb event for details on the Eko Trio performances/workshop…
https://www.facebook.com/events/877188829029549/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1632958420291487/
https://www.facebook.com/events/914855751915450/

Saturday 26th September ’15

Dear Bristol, today I’m running a free singing workshop at 5pm for the Hamilton House Open Day, featuring an aboriginal sneezing song. Come and sneeze with me x http://www.hamiltonhouse.org/open-day/

@CoexistCIC #StokesCroft #Bristol #Singing

Thursday 24th September ’15

Are you looking for an a cappella vocal ensemble to sing with in Bristol? If so, a small vocal project I coached called The Bartones are currently looking for new members. They sing vintage jazz, soul and tasteful pop arrangements, with a well earned cake break during each practise smile emoticon Tuesdays from 13th October, 7.30pm. Please check out the theatre bristol post for more info:

http://theatrebristol.net/opportunities/out-of-the-voice-box-the-bartones-a-capella-vocal-project-seeks-new-members

Wednesday 23rd September ’15

Wow, could you imagine writing a song that ended up meaning so much to other people that it no longer belonged to you? you just would never have even questioned the humble ‘Happy Birthday’. I am in serious infringement, I probably owe thousands… #HappyBirthday

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/happy-birthday-now-free-sing-083641543.html#Gn8usJo

Friday 18th September ’15

The a cappella vocal trio I sing with are going on tour in October! we’re releasing a single on digital wooden spoon (yes that’s right) and all our shows will be supported by solo act performances from myself, Julia Turner and Lauren Nicole. T’will be a musical feast… x

23rd Oxford – http://www.facebook.com/events/1656335937945862/
24th Bath – http://www.facebook.com/events/520343328120835/
28th Bristol – http://www.facebook.com/events/832277323546641/
30th London – http://www.facebook.com/events/1474870809501258/
31st Leeds – http://www.facebook.com/events/1474870809501258/

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#diy #sistersdoingitforthemselves #ekocollective #theekotrio #isoldemakesnoise @jtvocals @laurenNbradford @isoldegoestweet @ekocollective @thebellinnbath @HeadingleyHEART
@GreenbankEaston @The_GalleryCafe

Thursday 17th September ’15

“Peacan Pie… Lemonade… Moths… @isoldegoestweet can write a song about anything… ”
…thanks @BBCIntroWest! don’t think I’ve written about lemonade yet, but maybe that’s what I should write about next…!

Wednesday 16th September ’15

Some pics from the BBC show last night at the Galli. Thankyou @TheGalliBristol @bbcintrowest @EyeMyminds, Stevie Parker + band, Sam + Rich, Lauren Curl and the lovely people who came (Flo, Tina, Tony and Stevie Jo Dooley you were my favourite). You all made it a great night xxx

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Tuesday 15th September ’15

Me, loops, harmonies, sparkle party, BBC ‪#‎SeptemberLive‬, gallimaufry, tonight, 8pm. Supporting the electro-pop magic of Stevie Parker. FREE. Come on down x https://www.facebook.com/events/953959107994990/

Monday 14th September ’15

You can now follow The Eko Trio (my vocal project with Lauren Bradford and Julia Turner) on Soundcloud! listen to the single we will be releasing on Limited Edition Wooden Spoon (yes that’s right) in the months to come, just a taster of the EP we’ll be releasing in the new year… https://soundcloud.com/the-eko-trio

Sunday 13th September ’15 

@imogenheap Goddess of the Music Industry, everyone with an interest in the future of music needs to read this…

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/sep/06/imogen-heap-saviour-of-music-industry?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Saturday 12th September ’15

Can’t get enough of these girls… pure music magic..

Friday 4th September ’15

So the ‪#‎RisingVoicesChoir‬ that I run with @bdpROADS has just been featured by @BBCNews promoting @RecoveryFest! These guys are some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever worked with. Thankyou to Caroline Le Marechal for the write up 🙂 #Recovery

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-34121360

Wednesday 26th August ’15

Cosmic people of Shambala! Come and be part of our intergalactic singing workshops in the Tribe of Doris tent, Fri & Sat @ 1.30pm and Sunday @ 11am, led by myself and Julia Turner. I am also playing at The Compass stage on Sunday @ 8pm, come & say hi smile 🙂 xx

http://www.shambalafestival.org

Wednesday 19th August ’15

A wee video I made to show you what The Morning Chorus is all about x

Tuesday 18th August ’15

If you’re looking to join a kick-ass choir in Bristol, come and join the Morning Chorus for a new 14 week term at Hamilton House, 5.45-7.15pm, Tuesdays, starts back 1/09/15. Led by yours truly, we enter our 2nd year and continue to thrive as we bliss out on soulful explosions of harmony from around the world. Come and sing! xx  www.facebook.com/groups/themorningchorus

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Tuesday 18th August ’15

Thanks for having me to play Harboured sounds, one of the loveliest gigs I’ve done in Bristol so far! Photos by Dan King and Joanna Pelota xxx

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Sunday 16th August ’15

Looking forward to playing at the Harboured Sounds Take Over in a couple of hours! x
https://www.facebook.com/events/1474363286193175/

Monday 20th July ’15

Buddahfields = Mahasuka singing workshops, @JamieCattoLive, the most amount of ducks I have ever seen in my life & Trevor the @noisyparrot x

Thursday 16th July ’14

Really looking forward to playing at Buddhafields Festival this weekend, 4-5pm Friday @ Small World tent and 2-3pm on Saturday @ Padma Pancakes. Come say hi xxx
http://www.buddhafield.com/?festival=about

Tuesday 14th July ’15

Beautiful and moving poetry/music by Rommi Smith (my uni poetry teacher) and ‘Cole, Molloy and Smith’, depicting the psychological portrait of Billie Holiday, commissioned by BBC 3 radio programme ‘The Verb’. Truly spine tingling.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b060zrym

Monday 13th July ’15

Thanks to Frome Festival, Sara Vian, Julia Turner, Sarah Curtis and Sun Street Chapel for having us to play yesterday smile emoticon such a beautiful space to be in and a treat to see my God father Charlie who did an amazing job to get everything ready, thank you smile emoticon even got a portrait on a paper plate! xx

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Sunday 12th July ’15

Late night baking for our gig in Sun Street Chapel tomorrow, as apart of the Frome festival, alongside Sara Vian, Sarah Curtis and Julia Turner. If you fancy a trip to the lovely Frome tomorrow, doors open at 2.30pm xx
https://www.facebook.com/events/1552021475070207/

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Monday 29th June ’15

Just got back form Glastonbury, can’t believe I managed 3 gigs and more impressively, to stay completely silent for the rest of the festival! Quite an experience. Thanks for having me to play Ancient Futures, Mandala stage and Micheal Eavis xx

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Saturday 20th June ’15

Are you going to glastonbury? I’m playing at the Ancient Futures stage in the Tipi fields on Thursday at 3.30pm, Mandala stage at 9pm on Friday, and 4pm on Sunday. First one is a definitely, the other 2 are voice-willing, as I’m struggling with laryngitis at the moment and am currently only communicating through the medium of mime, say a little prayer for me…..! x

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/line-up/line-up-2015/?stage

Wednesday 17th June ’15

Really sad to be missing out on this gig tonight, still lying low with this throat infection frown emoticon You should all still go though as Chandra Moon and Ursuala Monn shall be serenading you with hang drum and flute, Imilia Lucas shall be making you swoon with lush jazz vocals, and Tim Mitchell shall be charming you with his self-penned ballads, 8pm, Halo, £3. x https://www.facebook.com/events/1437420979891230/

Monday 15th June ’15

This Thursday, the EKO collective present: Miranda Arieh at the Old Bookshop, as a taster of our new Female-led night we’ll be launching in Autumn @GreenbankEaston. Supported by Julia Turner, and myself, if I overcome this throat infection in time. Either way, you should go! 7.30pm, magic hat. https://facebook.com/events/1584971325117441

Weds 10th June ’15

Looking forward to joining the Big Green Week today, I’ll be playing a loop set at 4pm at the harbour side hub by the water steps alongside many wonderful workshops, talks and guest performers. If you don’t get to catch me, go check it out, there’s so much going on and it’s on for another week or so. http://biggreenweek.com/the-hub/ ‪#‎lovethefuture‬

Saturday 30th May ’15

You know you’re ill and incapacitated when all u can do is lie in bed and make up harmonies to the ice cream van inside your head… I’m being dramatic, it’s only a cough (a nasty one), but I don’t HAVE to speak or sing to ANYONE until Tuesday @ choir (lady of leisure!)…. time to catch up on a bit of culture. I’m in love with the ‘Women who Spit’ series, and I’m really excited about the Alexander McQueen exhibition in London, can’t wait to go…. and what a charming chap Tinie Tempah is, who’d a thought… #AlexanderMcQueen #WomenWhoSpit

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p02q6768/women-who-spit-take-up-space-vanessa-kisuule

Wednesday 27th May ’15

So proud of my choir, they bring me so much joy, thank you singers of The Morning Chorus xxx

Tuesday 26th May ’15

Really looking forward to playing this friday @ Cafe Kino on Stokes Croft, alongside the wonderful Julia Turner AND some very special visitors from Oxford, The String Project, who will be headlining the night with quirky, contemporary string arrangements, beatboxing and gentleman rap. Here’s a very convincing trailer… £6/5 conc.  get there 7pm sharp to avoid disappointment, we have limited capacity, or  get your tickets in adv for only £4 from we got tickets if you’re feeling organised!

Monday 25th May ’15

Feel like a real rockstar, (a very tired one), just got back from playing at Small Worlds Festival in Kent, which I ran off to straight after my EP launch gig.. my highlight moment was sitting listening to the beautiful kora playing of Mosi Konde, whilst watching the bubble people drench the air in bubbles – bubbles through fishnets! creates thick clouds of bubbaliciousness… now there’s a thought for a video…. wish my camera hadn’t died, or that I could have charged it up on the good vibes that emanated through the festival… some photos of performance to follow… now SLEEP!  x

Sunday 24th May ’15

Thankyou SO much to all who came to/performed at the launch gig yesterday, and for all the kind messages. It meant a lot to me to have so many of you there, and to feel supported by your positivity. Apologies for my apologetic Englishness, I was really struggling w sound issues, so I hope that didn’t affect your experience too much. Thankyou for receiving me so generously, regardless. Big love XXX

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Friday 22nd May ’15

Trailer for the gig tomorrow, 3.30pm @RiseBristol, featuring a mighty human wave! plus seaside randomness, and some nice things people have said about my live show (*blush*) … feel free to share 🙂

Weds 20th May ’15

The Morning Chorus are getting excited about our gig on Saturday, be prepared for some serious moves…

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Monday 18th May ’15

Doing a live session on Jelli Records Music Show today alongside the wonderful Hattie Briggs. 8pm tonight BSR, 7pm Tues The Wire, 10pm Tues Somer Valley & 7pm Thurs Longside Radio Stations. To listen again, check out http://www.jelli-records.com/radio-show/

Friday 15th May ’15

Being played again by Sam Bonham this Saturday on BBC Introducing in the West, from 8pm. If you miss it, you can find it here again:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02r42mn

Thursday 14th May ’15

Lovely preview of the gig from Time Out Bristol about my EP Launch gig on 23rd!

Now’s an exciting time for emerging local musicians. 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. She launches her debut EP ‘Seed Bud Bloom’ down at Rise on the 23rd. Nothing like some homegrown talent.

http://www.timeout.com/bristol/blog/check-out-these-free-bristol-gigs-in-may

Wednesday 13th May ’15

If you’ve found one of my boring flat, non-boat fliers, and you would like to boat-ify it, here’s a video demo to help you not pull your hair out!

Tuesday 12th May ’15

A small fleet of ships has just set sail across Bristol from my kitchen table…

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Monday 11th May ’15

The day has arrived! You can now purchase my lil’ debut EP, ‘Seed Bud Bloom’ by Isolde, on iTunes, Bandcamp, 7digital, Amazon, Google Play, Beatport, Juno and J.B digital, and it is available to stream on Spotify, Beatsmusic, Deezer, Tidal, Sony Entertainment, Rdio and Wimp. Enjoy!

http://www.isoldemakesnoise.bandcamp.com/album/seed-bud-bloom

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Sunday 10th May ’15

Lots of fun at Cromer Folk Festival @Folkonthepier this weekend with Julia Turner. Thank you to my wonderful grandparents for hosting us and to the White Horse for hosting our gig, hopefully we’ll be back in the Autumn for some more breath taking coastline action!

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Wednesday 6th May ’15

One of those days, one of those weeks, swimming up stream and nothing seems to want to do what I want it to do. Feeling the need for nurture. Listening to this classic by Stina Nordenstam from the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack, one of those voices that makes everything feel better…

Tuesday 5th May ’15

I want one of these!

Saturday 2nd May ’15

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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.
http://www.rise-music.co.uk/events
http://www.facebook.com/events/1578657335730315/

“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.”

Friday 1st May ’15

Pinch Punch! Front cover, 4 PAGE INTERVIEW alongside @Wenonoah and RHAIN (@CHIVmusic), plus a very delightful review of the up and coming #SeedBudBloomEP. Thankyou Loki, Sammy Jones, Alex Rawason and everyone @BristolLiveMagazine for your generosity and support xx p 12-15 & 28 http://www.bristollivemagazine.com/issue-40-may-2015/

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Wednesday 29th April ’15

Guess who’s on the front cover of @BristolLiveMagazine this month! struggling to keep a #edgy straight face, could we not make #smiling cool? Apparently not. Privileged to share print with artists RHAIN and Wenonoah, who are both really cool, and you should check out their music.

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https://www.facebook.com/wenonoah

http://www.rhainmusic.com/home

Monday 27th April ’15

Hark! What is this? Is it a boat? Is it a flier? Is it an ancient Japanese paper-based art form? It’s all 3! Here is the new origami flier for my EP launch gig on Sat 23rd May, 3.30pm, Rise Independent Record Store in Clifton (@RiseBristol). Supported by the soulful world harmonies of The Morning Chorus  (www.facebook.com/groups/themorningchorus/). You might see them dotted about in the up and coming weeks in surprise places throughout the Bristol city. If you find one of the un-boatified fliers in the boring usual places, stay tuned for instructions on how to turn it into an exciting origami vessel! Join the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/1578657335730315/.  #SeedBudBloomEP

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Monday 27th April ’15

Exactly 2 weeks to go until my debut EP ‘Seed Bud Bloom’ is released online! Produced by my own fair hand, mixed by Lee J Malcolm (@LeeJMalcolm), mastered by Aneek Thapar (@infinaneek), featuring Oliver Clarkson on Clarinet. Artwork for the single ‘Kismet’ contributed by my Pa, Matthew Freeth, and EP artwork by yours truly. Available on iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, Bandcamp and Spotify from 11th May. If you haven’t got your cheeky mits on an exclusive pre-release purchase, then here is the grand un-veiling of the EP artwork. Its called, ‘My face, In scrap’.

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#SeedBudBloomEP

Sunday 26th April ’15

Check out this video of our very own Julia Turner performing ‘Stormy Skies’ with the Harboured Sounds crew – on a boat!

Saturday 25th April ’15

Whoop! Being played on BBC Radio Bristol tonight on the Sam Bonham show at 8pm, as apart of BBC Introducing. If you don’t get a chance to listen live, you can check out the broadcast on the iplayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02p8cr1

Tonights Playlist Local at Big Weekend

Saturday 25th April ’15

Awesome caricatures of me and the String Project by Merlin Porter from last night’s @cellaroxford gig (https://www.facebook.com/MerlinPorterArts?hc_location=ufi)

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Friday 24th April ’15

Me & Jules are on our way from Bristol to our gig at The Cellar in Oxford, to support the wonderful String Project! Quick oil change with the ingenious aid of my EP launch flier…

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Thursday 23rd April ’15

Awesome night on Sunday @ the Louisiana with the AD4 crew, well done to everyone, you totally rocked it!

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Thursday 23rd April ’15

The Eko Trio, live from the Bridal suit, practising ‘Going to the Chapel’… SO MUCH LOVE! xxx

Wednesday 22nd April ’15

The EKO girls singing at Lauren & Art’s wedding on Saturday in Holmfirth + a ‘Going the the Chapel’ singing-a-long. So much love for u Art & Loz xxx

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Saturday 18th April ’15

Our ‘Cutlery Shed’ video, sung by my vocal trio EKO (written by Julia Turner), has had over a 1000 views! 1309 to be exact smile emoticon currently planning our a capella EP & autumn tour, will keep you posted!

Saturday 18th April ’15

Here is a very convincing advert for our Oxford gig The Cellar on the 24th by the String Project, I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going! x

Friday 17th April ’15

Our showcase gig has been mentioned in @TimeOutBristol as recommended gigs in April! http://www.timeout.com/…/check-out-these-free-bristol-gigs-…

Thursday 16th April ’15

Summer festival updates! I’m currently going to playing at these guys so far, (exciting!):

Folk on the Pier Festival (Cromer, 10th May)

Small Worlds Festival (Kent, 24th May)

Glastonbury Festival (23rd-28th June)

Radford Canal Festival (Sommerset, 4th-5th July)

Buddahfields Festival (Taunton, 16th-19th July)

Northern Green Gathering (Derbyshire, 6th-9th Aug)

Shambala (Northhamptonshire, 27th-30th Aug)

Thursday 16th April ’15

Check out the raw vocal tidal wave of Joe Probert who will be one 9 artists performing this sunday at the Louisiana Showcase Sessions II, from 6pm.
https://showcasesessions2.bandcamp.com/…/the-ocean-song-demo

Tuesday 14th April ’15

Do you have an ITCH in your soul & need to make some NOISE? Join us this eve for a new term of soulful world-inspired singing. £60/45 for 12 wks, £7/5 drop in. http://www.hamiltonhouse.org/morning-chorus/

Monday 13th April ’15

Dear Bristol folk, I’ve been doing an Artist Development course this year with a great organisation called Access to Music. It’s been aimed at building the skills needed for independent artists to navigate the industry on their own terms, and I’ve found it really empowering. We have a FREE showcase gig at the Louisiana on Sunday, with a range of talented artists, and I’m going to be collecting audience responses to my music in return for cake (!). If you fancy coming to draw a picture/write a stream of consciousness/eat cake & tell me things, it would be lovely to see your friendly faces. Issi x https://www.facebook.com/events/776189152458199/

Thursday 9th April ’15

Wonderful to finally see and meet one of my contemporary heroes, Cosmo Sheldrake, last night at Start the Bus. Just splendid. If you aren’t aware of his work, here is a video of him looping from the back of a donkey cart in Bulgaria:

Friday 3rd April ’15

It’s nearly here, ‘Seed Bud Bloom’, the full EP, will be coming out on iTunes, Amazon, and various other online music sites 11th May, in just over a month! The launch gig will be happening on Saturday 23rd May @ Rise Independent Record store at 3.30pm. Please come on down!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1578657335730315/

Monday 30th March ’15

Words from Bristol Live Magazine on ‘Kismet’ – “full of quirks and unusual sounds, hear this beautiful cocorosie nodding track at the ‘Showcase II Sessions’ @ the Louisianna, 19th April” p. 34 🙂

http://www.bristollivemagazine.com/issue-39-april-2015/

Saturday 28th March ’15

Wow, how has it nearly got the end of March? I’ve been spending far too much time in front of a computer emailing people who may or may not even exist in the attempt to promote this here EP that I’m launching in May. It can be a bit disheartening, so it was SO nice to play at the LOVE museum last night alongside Casper Riis and Pablo Villierezz, and to read all the inspired stories that came with the donated artefacts which represented love to their donators. Long-live real, beating-heart humans with faces! Here are some links to Casper and Pablo’s work:

http://pantherpantherav.tumblr.com

Friday 27th March ’15 

YEY! I’m going to be playing in a tippee in the Tippee field at GLASTONBURY! dream come true 🙂 time/day tbc.

Friday 20th March ’15

First review of my debut EP ‘Seed Bud Bloom’ by Gemma Dietrich, from Amelia’s Magazine… “I’m sitting in a darkened Spiegeltent watching circus freaks contort and fly, expressing both the beautiful and abstract aspects of life, making me question my sanity”. So pleased my creative madness/reconcilliation translates 🙂 thank you Gemma! x

http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/music/new-music-isolde-introduces-debut-ep-seed-bud-bloom/2015/03/20/

Wednesday 18th March ’15

Recording all day today with the EKO girls – our new track called ‘Gordon’, an a cappella song about a grumpy commuter on the london underground who gets to be serenaded and (hopefully) cheered up by us! Music video is being schemed, but it’s proving to be a little tricky to organise… here is a link to our previous video, a song called ‘The Cutlery Shed’, written by EKO member Julia Turner, about being a really rubbish waitress:

Friday 13th March ’15

An unlucky day for some, you might argue, but not for Women in the Music Industry. Here’s a wonderful article out today about Celebrating Female Producers in the Music Industry by Gemma Dietrich – Sylvia Robinson who did ‘Rapper’s Delight’, Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, Snowapple, and ME! A true honour to mentioned in the same breath as these inspirational women x

http://www.ameliasmagazine.com/…/celebrating-wo…/2015/03/13/

Wednesday 11th March ’15

Some dates confirmed for the festival season:

Cromer Folk Festival – 8th-10th May (time tbc)

Small World Festival – 28th-31st May (time tbc)

Radford Mill Canal Festival – 3rd-5th May (time tbc)

Frome Festival – Sunday, 12th May, doors 2.30pm

Sunday 8th March ’15 – INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY @ RISE RECORDS

Very special things are happening in the music industry, not just for women, but for EVERYONE, with organisations like ‘The World is Listening’ emerging and sharing equality-driven vision for the future of music. The bristol-based movement was launched today at Rise Records, with free event to celebrate women in the music industry for International Women’s Day. Big up to Nuala Honan, an excellent host, and her 3 right-on panel of guest speakers, Rita Lynch, Emma Hooper & Kayla Painter, not to mention the juicy discussions with the audience and excellent live Music of Beth Porter and The Availables & Lori Campbell.

http://theworldislistening.co.uk

Find their Facebook page and like it : https://www.facebook.com/theworldislisteninguk

Friday 6th March ’15

Loving the new single by Polar Bear, ‘Don’t let the Feeling Go’, from their up and coming album, available to listen and for pre-order here: https://polarbearmusic.bandcamp.com/track/dont-let-the-feeling-go

Monday 2nd March ’15

Vessels’ new album ‘Dilate’ is officially out now, and is available for purchase from:

https://vesselsband.bandcamp.com/album/dilate

Here is the official video of the track ‘As You Are’ which features yours truly 🙂

Saturday 28th February ’15

Really looking forward to playing tonight at Tony’s bohemian house gig @ The Old Butchershop. Front room sprawling, floor cushions and literally space to swing a pig.

https://www.facebook.com/events/361286480723189/

Friday 27th February ’15

Great reviews coming in of Vessels’ 3rd album ‘Dilate’, which comes out on Monday! Here are a couple that mention ‘As You Are’:

Loud and Quiet – ‘the deep, dub crawl of ‘As You Are’… reinforces Vessels’ aptitude for smouldering, sultry vocals and subterranean rhythms’… http://www.loudandquiet.com/2015/02/dilate-by-vessels/

The Skinny – ‘Glacial Vocals’ – never had my vocals compared to traveling ice before, but I quite like it! http://www.theskinny.co.uk/mu…/reviews/albums/vessels-dilate

Wednesday 25th February ’15

Had so many positive comments on this live video of my new single ‘Kismet’, I thought I would post it on the blog too:

Tuesday 24th February ’15

The collaboration I did with Vessels on ‘As You Are’, track 4 of their new album ‘Dilate’, is now streaming LIVE and exclusively on THE GUARDIAN website! Exciting! You can listen/pre-order the album here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2015/feb/23/vessels-dilate-exclusive-album-stream

Monday 23rd February ’15

EP launch officially booked at Rise Records in Clifton, 3.30pm. Exciting!

Sunday 22nd February ’15

Loving listening to the Ibeyi ladies, such great tunes…

Saturday 21st February ’15

Awesome gig with the Mandalas this Wednesday @ the Undergrowth in the Greenbank, Easton. There was actual twerking in the audience to my new song, ‘Soul Bling’. Beyonce would be proud 🙂

Saturday 14th February ’15

Happy LOVE DAY ❤ ❤  Here’s a bit of Chaka Khan to warm up the temperature xxx

Friday 13th February ’15

Hello World! After an epic process of planting seed, to holding bloom, the new EP that is ‘Seed Bud Bloom’ – written, recorded and produced by my very own self – will be officially released this coming May. In the meantime, the leading single ‘Kismet’, and B-side ‘Seed Bud Bloom’, are here for you to listen to and enjoy, and can be purchased at: https://isoldemakesnoise.bandcamp.com.

I hope you enjoy listening to them as much I as I enjoyed making them. Please feel free to like, comment and share 🙂

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