This month Hermon Folk presents a special find by following a Hermon audience member’s suggestion to bring the dynamic, London-based, seven-piece Folk band Mishaped Pearls to Oswestry. With three albums under their belt – the latest Shivelight having been released in 2018 – the Indie/Folk/Pop band is firing on all cylinders in touring their new and diverse repertoire of original compositions.
‘At a time when every band describes themselves as unique it’s really refreshing to find one that truly is – they scream originality!’ – Spiral Earth
‘Stunning – very, very imaginative, ethereal and atmospheric. Gorgeous music!’ – Bob Harris, BBC2
‘We first played them 9 years ago and I’m going to carry on playing them for the next 9 years until they are totally a household name. Wonderful band! – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
‘It’s like being in a dream….it sounds amazing!’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show
‘A progressive tour-de-force of highly creative and innovative originality!’ – Tim Carroll, FolkWorlds
Mishaped Pearls formed in 2009 as collaboration between multi-instrumentalist Ged Flood and German vocalist Manuela Schuette, bringing out their first album The Singer and the Poets only a year later. The band found itself ever since at the forefront of an exciting new wave of UK folk, receiving for their second album Thamesis outstanding reviews in Songlines Magazine, fRoots Magazine, The Telegraph, Financial Times and The Guardian. The album also garnered the highest praise from Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music), Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2), all highlights amongst universal acclaim from the press and media.
In 2018 the new album Shivelight brought a further leap for this astonishing band by securing them in the same year three ‘Best Album’ Awards by BBC Radio Merseyside Folk Scene, Fatea Magazine and Readifolk. Their adventurous song combination of the ancient and the new finds an echo in their musical make up. Curling around Schuette’s incredible voice is a whole plethora of instruments. Flood fields an astonishing array of stringed instruments – saz baglama, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, Chinese ruan guitar, charango, baritone acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass ukulele, electric bass and electric guitar. Both musicians are joined by five outstanding instrumentalists Laurel S. Pardue (violin, viola), Andrew Sleightholme (piano, loops), Calie Hough (congas, djembe, darbuka, cajon, drums), Tom Finigan (saz baglama, tenor banjo, guitar and mandolin) and Massimo Troiani (bass). Their music’s roots in tradition and expands into progressive folk, rock, eastern modal music whilst showing elements of contemporary classical influence.
Expect a dazzling free spirit performance and an impressive showcase of multi-instrumentalism!
Please note that there will be an ‘Early Bird’ ticket offer for the first thirty tickets!
More about Mishaped Pearls:
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry on Friday 17 May 2019
Doors Open at 8:00PM
From 8:30PM to 11:00PM
Ticket Price: £5.00 – £15.00*
*booking fee applies
Box Office: 01691662196