Evelyn Downing - vocals & flute,
Jamie Fields - bass & guitars,
Nigel Hooton - guitars &
Andy Garman - keyboard, bass, percussion.
Evelyn released two albums, "Shine" in 2001 and an EP in '02 called "Electric".
Jamie, Evelyn and Andrew recorded musical scores for a film called "Te Vawn".
An introduction with Jamie Field:
NG Was the first album succesful for you?
NG When did Nigel joined?
NG Now we miss the third singer in the band, Kate Emerson.
NG Your music is definetely adventureous enough and having different angels to say that you sound the same as Karnataka, Kara & even Mostly Autumn, but that are the bands that came in my mind when I heard you the 1st time. Are you influenced by them?
NG What are your personal highlights in music, bands, live gigs?
NG What are you doing now?
Best wishes as always,
They release a cd called The Mermaid Kiss album (2003), features original vocalist Evelyn Downing.
The last mini album is called Salt on Skin. A deligthfull album with ambient soft rock & great instrumentations. The songs are building up carefully with drum loops, keyboards & jazzy elements, really adventureous. Laidback soft symfo on his best. But I haven't mentioned what the albums makes really specially; the vocal harmonies, and not one gorgeous voice, no three lovely voices!
Kate Belcher- and acoustic guitar,
Photography & graphics by Chris Walkden.
They've also written and recorded the soundtrack for a short horror film and the score for a stage production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and have appeared on a number of compilations of cover songs including discs dedicated to the music of The Doors and The Catherine Wheel.
If you like:
Mostly Autumn, Karnataka, Iona, Kate Bush, the Catherine Wheel, All about Eve, 10.000 Maniacs, Heather Nova and or lovely voices and excellent craftmanship try this band out. A Column by Jamie with a statement why this previous line doesn't make sence... ;-)
From reviews of "Salt On Skin":
"Stunning!" Russ Elliot, Musical Discoveries
"'The Blushing Bride' is one of the best pieces of music I've heard all year!" Michael Popke, Sea Of Tranquility
From reviews of "The Mermaid Kiss Album" Mermaid Kiss Album Cover "To say this is an emotionally charged album replete with gorgeous melodies, stunning vocal work and beautifully conceived ideas, would be an understatement." Greg Cummins, Sea Of Tranquility
"Haunting, sexy and compelling... this is the closest to music nirvana that one can get. One of THE releases of this or any other year." Michael Sullivan, The Here & There
"Outstanding.... an album of incredible depth and strength." Russ Elliot, Musical Discoveries
"An album of rare emotional quality.... makes what most other artists are doing seem insignificant. Nigel Messenger, Phase9 Entertainment
The recording of the new album is now complete and Andy is currently mixing it. Meanwhile the artwork is coming together following a recent photoshoot in Snowdonia. For a brief introduction to the album, check out the latest journal entry. On this album we’re joined by Wendy Marks, an old friend of Jamie’s (they played together in a band called Close To Zero), who plays cor anglais, oboe and recorders. The tracklist and timings for the album are below (– the timings may not be spot on at this stage.)
Our new album Etarlis will be released next month and features guest appearances from Troy Donockley (Iona) and Jonathan Edwards (Panic Room; ex-Karnataka). There are two preview tracks, Dark Cover and Siren Song at Mermaid Kiss My Space There’s also the opportunity to pre-order the album now at the reduced price of £8.95 + 90p p&p (price on release £9.95 + p&p) – you can do this at either the Mermaid Kiss or My Space sites.
Musicians on the new album are:
Jamie Field: acoustic guitars and occasional electric guitar and backing vocals
Andrew Garman: keyboards, bass, drums, percussion
Nigel Hooton: lead and rhythm electric and acoustic guitars.
Kate Belcher: lead & harmony vocals on ‘Nowhere To Hide’, ‘Siren Song’ and ‘Shadow Girl’.
Wendy Marks: cor anglais, oboe, recorders.
Jonathan Edwards: keyboard solo on ‘The Running Tide’ ex-Karnataka, Panic Room).
Troy Donockley: uilleann pipes on ‘Slide And Sway’.
A own website explains the concept of the album, gives you an impression of the artwork and a change to listen to a few samples: www.etarlis.com/.
New interview May 2009.
Recording is now well underway for American Images and there will hopefully be more news on that front soon.
Star Spangled Party!
Circles of Fire
Single released 26 March 2012.
26th of May 2006:
Jamie is involved with a review of On an Island, see this page.
With members from Mostly Autumn, Magenta, Pendragon, The Reasoning and others....