CROSS THE LINE ALBUM LAUNCH
"Well at long last I am able to make a firm announcement about the release of my album, 'Cross The Line'. Glad to say that the album will be available to stream, download and buy on September 18th 2019.
In truth, this is a little later than I had originally been planning, but it has taken a lot more work in the finishing stages than I had realised. Finished mixes have been in the can for what seems like ages now and then the real fun began. For the album I had written almost 50 songs. In the studio that was whittled down to 24 tracks, that I now have finished recordings of. Good to have choice I thought. Hmmm?? Sometimes choice can just add to confusion. I have had great difficulty, (and some great advice), in making a final selection and forging a satisfying running order. This last task may be a little less important these days where people tend to listen to individual tracks, but for me, and I suspect some others, it's important that the album hangs well together, start to finish. If you're planning a road trip, or you've reached the end of your latest box set, I think we can spend a satisfying hour together along the way.
By way of celebration, I am playing an intimate launch gig with my band in the Twickenham area of south west London, on September 11th. It's a small venue, free, but by invite only. If you'd like to come and join me on the night, please contact me for tickets via this e-mail link.
I'm also delighted to have a special guest performance from Odette Michel. I think we will have a great night. If you can't attend, we are hopeful of being able to film the show, so you should be able to see it somehow. If you come along, please say hello. It's always nice to meet you.
As ever, BIG love."
Odette Michell is a British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship.
Things have moved at something of a pace for Odette ever since she released her debut EP 'By Way of Night' in 2018. The EP showcased a bold and emerging talent within the British folk and acoustic music scene and garnered high praise, earning Odette her first national and international radio plays on both BBC and Folk Radio stations. "...’By Way Of Night' demonstrates a freshness and vitality enduring in English folk ... it also presents a talent that English folk should not ignore" (FolkWords, May 2018)
In May 2019, Odette released her enchanting debut album ‘The Wildest Rose’. The album gained widespread positive acclaim and featured notable musical contributions from Phil Beer (one-half of multi-award-winning acoustic folk band Show of Hands) who plays fiddle on two of the tracks and sings backing vocals on one other track; and Toby Shaer (Cara Dillon, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys).
The result is a compelling, highly impressive debut that both soars and impresses, whilst effortlessly breathing fresh new life into the rich acoustic tradition that the songs themselves emerged from. 'The Wildest Rose' became featured Album Of The Week on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (Sue Marchant, The Folk Show, April 2019), and BBC Radio Wales (Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, April 2019), as well as featured Album Of The Month on the Folk, Blues & Beyond Show on Radio Leicestershire & Blues & Roots Radio Canada (April 2019) - with album tracks also being played on numerous other BBC and folk radio playlists.
A dynamic live performer, Odette has recently opened for Phil Beer, Martin Carthy and BBC R2 Folk Award Nominees Ninebarrow amongst others, and is now currently touring the UK in support of the new album.