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Shivelight wins 3 Album of The Year Awards!

We are delighted to announce that Shivelight was nominated for three album of the year awards in 2018 and won all three!

BBC Radio Merseyside Folkscene, Fatea Magazine and Readifolk

Folk Show. We couldn't have wished for a better start to 2019!

   What the media have to say about Shivelight

 

Brilliant other worldly music. A sound unlike anyone else in the country - very imaginative, very ethereal and atmospheric. 

- Mike Brocken, BBC Radio Merseyside Folkscene 

..featuring the extraordinary voice of Manuela Schuette. 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 6Music

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

A wonderful twist on folk. As startling as The Unthanks.

- Southern Daily Echo

A kaleidoscopic piece of work that's both inventive and thrilling. - Mike Ainsco, Fatea Magazine

Album of The Week. - Along The Tracks

 

Strong contender for album of the year. - Roots & Fusion

★★★   Sunday Express

  R2 Magazine

★★★ Northern Sky Magazine 

★ Morning Star

8/10 Guitarist Magazine

After much hard work, our new album, Shivelight, is finally here. We've spent the last 3 years composing, writing, recording and mixing it in the UK and in France - it's been an interesting journey, sometimes testing, but above all there has been a lot of creative fun along the way. We hope you like it as much as we do. 

It wouldn't have been possible without the amazing support of everyone who pledged through our Indiegogo campaign - we couldn't have done it without you. Official thank-yous will be posted here very soon.
You can still support the making of the album here.

 

Mishaped Pearls Live at The BBC

BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe 

           Thamesis - An  outstanding release...one of THE albums of the year so far - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
                **** The Guardian **** The Scotsman **** The Telegraph  **** The Finacial Times


 

 

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At the forefront of a very exciting new wave of UK folk, seven piece Mishaped Pearls' last album Thamesis received outstanding reviews in The Telegraph, The Financial Times, Songlines Magazine, fRoots Magazine,  

4 **** in The Guardian, The Scotsman, Maverick Magazine and plenty more. The album has 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.

Their adventurous song combination of the ancient and the new finds an echo in their musical make up - banjo, saz baglama, bodhran, violin and mandolin mix with acoustic guitar, keyboards, electric bass and drums, all led by the mezzo-soprano voice of Manuela Schuette. Their music's roots in tradition expands into progressive folk and rock, eastern modal music and shows elements of contemporary classical influence. 

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“Really intriguing - I love this”

MARK RADCLIFFE, BBC RADIO 2 FOLK SHOW

 

“An outstanding release – absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous music”

BOB HARRIS, BBC RADIO 2

 

 

“Darkly beguiling...cinematically epic” 

**** THE SCOTSMAN

 

 

"Unexpected, gently startling"

****THE GUARDIAN

 

 

"One humdinger of an album"

***** NORTHERN SKY

 

 

'Astonishing, with heart-stopping vocals from Manuela Schütte. It's not often a band

can truthfully claim to have a sound unlike anyone else in the country, but Mishaped
Pearls can certainly make that proud boast’

TOM ROBINSON, BBC 6 MUSIC

 

 

“There is a captivating energy to the track Doves that sums up why Thamesis is such
an original and engaging album”

DAILY TELEGRAPH, TOP 10 CDs 

 

 

‘A brilliantly realised piece of work- the jewel in the crown is the remarkable voice of lead singer Manuela. Flood’s saz-baglama soars over strings on Jimmy, his banjo irresistibly propels Doves; guitars chime, mandolins trill , ukulele and dulcimer plink and plonk and voices harmonise beautifully, everywhere”

fROOTS

 

 

“At a time when every band describes themselves as unique it’s really refreshing to find one that truly is - they scream originality. Getting folk and classical influences to lie comfortable together in song and arrangement is a real craft-Mishaped Pearls are the only ones that do this well.”

SPIRAL EARTH

 

 

“Ten beautiful tracks – atmospheric and spacious arrangements and very impressive vocalist Manuela Schütte”

COLUM SANDS, BBC RADIO ULSTER

 

 

“A fascinating outfit –unique – great harmonies and the mesmeric voice of Manuela Schütte - utterly spellblinding"

FRANK HENNESSY, BBC RADIO WALES

 

 

“Mixing folk and classical music isn’t the easiest of crossover but reviews for this

album have been excellent”

BRUCE MACGREGOR, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

 

 

“This is a seriously, seriously cool album. Clever, ethereal, complex, mystical – the musical equivalent of the Narnia wardrobe. Simply magical”
FOLK ALL

 

 

“A musical palette that captures Influences from folk to pop to classical – a celestial, otherworldy quality, elegant and graceful with Schütte’s crystal vocals – a sound that makes them instantly identifable."

R2 MAGAZINE

 

 

“A faery-world feel with perhaps an Eastern tinge,  soft harmonies and sweeping instrumentation and echoes of medieval mystery – building to a strange mix of ancient sounds dancing around whimsical electronic. No single classification could adequately sum up this album -the wraithlike Three Ravens is breath-taking”
FOLKWORDS

 

 

"Surely a candidate for 'folk album of the year'" 

MAVERICK MAGAZINE

 

 

“Hauntingly beautiful, superbly sung, strikingly original, pitch-perfectly produced by Gerry Diver”
LONDON LIFE


 

Thamesis - Album of the year

RUTH BARNES, AMAZING RADIO

 

Press reviews

 
Upcoming gigs
Saturday 6th July 2019                                        KIMPTON FOLK FESTIVAL, HALL LANE, KIMPTON
                          

Past gigs

Saturday 22nd September 2018                         KINGSBURY BARN, BRANCH ROAD, ST ALBANS

Friday 22nd June                                                  SLAUGHTERED LAMB, CLERKENWELL, LONDON    (SHIVELIGHT ALBUM LAUNCH)

Thursday 1st March 2018                                    ART PAVILION, MILE END PARK, LONDON

Thursday 28th September 2017                         THE OLD QUEENS HEAD, ISLINGTON, LONDON

Thursday 24th August 2017                                COLLEGIAL NOTRE DAME, VILLEFRANCHE-DE-ROUERGUE

Wednesday 23rd August 2017                            COMMANDER DES TEMPLARS, FIGEAC, FRANCE

Tuesday 22nd August 2017                                 L'EGLISE ST AMANS DE RODEZ, RODEZ, FRANCE

Saturday 3rd December 2016                             THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB

Friday 8th July 2016                                             PRIDDY FOLK FESTIVAL

Friday 15th July 2016                                           ST MARGARET'S CHURCH, LEE

Friday 29th July 2016                                           SIDMOUTH FOLK WEEK

Saturday 13th August 2016                                 CAPDENAC LE HAUT, FRANCE

Monday 15th August 2016                                   MUSIQUE EN LA VALÉE, FRANCE

Sunday 14th February 2016                                THE GLADSTONE ARMS, LONDON

Saturday 28th November 2015                           THE WINEMAKERS CLUB, LONDON

Saturday 19th September 2015                          MERGE FESTIVAL, LONDON
Friday 11th September 2015                               SEBRIGHT ARMS, LONDON
Sunday 6th September 2015                               BERMONDSEY FOLK FESTIVAL
Friday 28th August 2015                                      CAPDENAC-LE-HAUT, FRANCE
Thursday 27th August 2015                                 FESTIVAL DE MUSIQUE-EN-LA VALLÉE, FRANCE

Sunday 2nd August 2015                                     CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL

Friday 10th July 2015                                           THE DUKE, LONDON
Saturday 4th July 2015                                         SILENCIO, WATFORD
Friday 19th June 2015                                          CORN HALL, DISS
Saturday 6th June 2015                                        WINEMAKER'S CLUB, LONDON
Friday 5th June 2015                                             LIVE SESSION, RESONANCE FM

Thursday 16th April 2015                                     THE HARRISON, LONDON

Sunday 8th February 2015                                   NEW ROOTS @ THE GLAD, LONDON

Friday 28th November 2014                                THE GOOSE IS OUT FOLK CLUB, LONDO                              

Thursday 18th September 2014                          FOLK RISING, CECIL SHARP HOUSE

Sunday 31st August 2014                                    OFF THE TRACKS FESTIVAL
Sunday 17th August 2014                                    FOLK EAST FESTIVAL

Tuesday 22nd July 2014                                       UNDER THE APPLE TREE SESSION for BOB HARRIS
Sunday 20th July 2014                                         SOFTLY, SOFTLY @ KISS THE SKY

Saturday 19th July 2014                                      BBC 6 LIVE SESSION + INTERVIEW
Friday 27th June 2014                                          HARWICH ARTS FESTIVAL
Friday 13th June 2014                                          ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH, LONDON
Sunday 18th May 2014                                         SUTTON HOUSE, LONDON
Thursday 1st May 2014                                        THE FORGE, CAMDEN
Wednesday 29th January 2014                           NEST COLLECTIVE @ THE OLD QUEEN'S HEAD

 

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