A multilingual, multicultural, European Renaissance pop/folk/world project. Unlike anything you’ve heard before!
Music to include songs from Thamesis, The Singer and the Poets and Le Puy en Velay.
Mishaped Pearls take their name from misshapen pearl, a literal translation of the Portuguese word Barocco or French word Baroque.
The band was formed in late 2009 as a result of a collaboration between songwriter and musician Ged Flood and mezzo soprano Manuela Schuette. As well as being the silky voice of the group, Manuela draws on her love of ancient poetry by researching and providing many of the lyrics to the songs, which cross many countries, visiting the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and even Ancient China. They are joined by several versatile musicians: Andrew on keys, Calie on hand drums and percussion, Massimo on bass, Tom on guitar, mandolin, banjo and Saz and Laurel on fiddle/violin.
Their reputation as an astonishing live band has grown in the last three years, drawing recognition from Tom Robinson at BBC 6Music. In 2010 as well as releasing their first album – The Singer and The Poets’, they played at The Southbank, Union Chapel, Blackheath Halls and a number of festivals in the UK. Mishaped Pearls also toured in France, receiving great reviews in the regional press and were invited back to perform again next year. 2011 saw the release of a second ‘mini’ album – Le Puy en Velay, which takes it’s title from the stunningly beautiful town of the same name in The Auvergne region of France.
Ged has now written and recorded new songs for a new album called Thamesis, which has been mixed and produced by Gerry Diver (Lisa Knapp, Sam Lee, Speech Project) and is scheduled for release in May 2014. The folk tinged album, in English for a change, breaks new ground for the band but retains the fresh, unique sound of Mishaped Pearls.
Pigeon hole Mishaped Pearls at your peril. The dynamic rising seven piece from London prove with this third album release how seamlessly they can segue from folk to pop to classical and how skilfully they have developed their diverse “other worldly” sound, all with the mesmerising vocals of German-born Manuela Schütte at their heart.
Admission free, retiring collection.