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
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"
"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”
“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.”
“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”
“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."
“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”
"Surely a candidate for 'folk album of the year'"
“Hauntingly beautiful, superbly sung, strikingly original, pitch-perfectly produced by Gerry Diver”
Thamesis - Album of the year
RUTH BARNES, AMAZING RADIO
Saturday 6th July 2019 KIMPTON FOLK FESTIVAL, HALL LANE, KIMPTON
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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