Kelly Oliver

Kelly Oliver PRHaving only started gigging in May last year, folk singer-songwriter Kelly Oliver has made quite an impact. Within months of starting she found herself invited to open Folkstock Festival before, incredibly, bagging herself a spot at the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival. It marks a mighty rise for someone who has been on the circuit for less than a year, and with single ‘He Walked on the Side of the Sea’ out March 17th, we took the chance to ask her a few questions.

Many of our readers won’t have heard of your music before, how would you describe your sound?

I would say it’s influenced by traditional folk music. Traditional Irish folk music definitely, but I do have country influences. I’m influenced a lot by Dolly Parton, and people like Kenny Rogers, singers like Alison Krauss and Cara Dillon. But I think the way I write songs is influenced a lot by Irish folk music, the traditional ways. Really I take influences from all sorts, so I’m not sure how I’d describe it but that’s probably the best way.

The upcoming single ‘He Walked on the Side of the Sea’ features BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year nominee Will Pound on Harmonica. How did that collaboration come about?

That was through Twitter! I followed him on Twitter – I was a fan of his a little bit before – and because I play harmonica I’d already had the song recorded [for EP ‘Far From Home – Ed]. But my manager just approached him to see if he wanted to do a collaboration, we sent him the song and he agreed. So it was quite quickly done actually, it was really good fun.

 

Your rise since starting out last year has been stratospheric – did you have any inkling you’d get the reaction you have when you started out?

Not at all. I went travelling basically, and once I went I decided while I was out there that I wanted to at least have a go at the music. I didn’t know anything, I never thought what could happen. At the beginning I just focussed on trying to do gigs, got myself a Facebook stage and started at the bottom really. Started with trying to promote myself online and approach people for gigs. I guess it’s the same way every musician starts, so I never thought I would even have the chance to record an EP let alone the things that have come from that so it was really shocking!

‘He Walked on the Side of the Sea’ was originally released, minus Will Pound, as part of your EP ‘Far From Home’, which has been a big part of your success so far. Do you have any plans for a follow up as yet?

Yeah, we do. There’s going to be an album that will be recorded and released this year. I have got some songs that I’m looking to put on there but then there might be some that I haven’t written yet, depending on finding the time to write and record.

Where is the best place to find your music online?

My website is www.kellyoliver.co.uk, and from there there’re links to my Facebook page, my Twitter and Soundcloud.

You can listen to ‘He Walked in the Side of the Sea’ here: https://soundcloud.com/kellyoliver/kelly-oliver-ft-will-pound-he

And it can also be found on Amazon and iTunes.

Fangol

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Reggae melodies playing from my mums living room during blues (party in the living room)

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Yeah Reggae Artists are part of the reason I use so many melodies

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

Since I was about 9

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

I play about 2 to 3 times  a month – look out for me on the RINSE FM SIR SPYRO show!

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

The best moment has been my debut on LOGAN SAMA, Kiss FM where I got 4 reloads

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

www.fangol.co.uk

@FANGOLNOTTZ TWITTER

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FANGOL OFFICIAL on FACEBOOK

Nude

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

Jonny started by being asked to play the guiro in a nursery play and showed remarkable aptitude, Inigo would regulary sing with his enormous extended family as a pastime in their shared house.

Frank was asked by a school friend to learn bass and join his jazz quartet, Will’s father was a stern kit player, one thing led to another.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

We grew up listening to the usual music we all grow up to, the great ‘breadth of our aural spectrum’ contributed to the way we write today and develop as players.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing?

As a band just over a year.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?

It differs from month to month, in our first year together (2014) we played 40 UK shows. Here’s our upcoming ones:

Park Range (Our house in manchester) 7th March

The Deaf Institute (Manchester) 29th March

Dymano (Zurich) 8th April

The Troubadour (London) 18th April

RNCM Theatre feat. The Storm Orchestra (Manchester) 25th April

5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?

The Abbey Road medley

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

www.nude-band.com

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1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?

The first conscious, clear thought that I had of becoming a musician was when I was about eight or nine years old. I’d decided to put on some background music of the ‘Beatles’ while sitting and doing my homework. Suddenly this song came on and I just left my homework and danced along and listened to the whole Beatles album for an hour. It was great music! I’d heard them before off and on, but that was the first time I realized these are great songs and all by the same band. It was like an epiphany of sorts. Each song evoked different emotions in me. I asked my Mum about them and she told me about the ‘Beatles’ being a famous band of the `60s. That is when I decided that I wanted to become a musician, write songs and sing. My mother was an opera singer so there was always a piano and music in our home. I took up playing the guitar at 13 and formed my first band at school when I was 14.

2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?

Absolutely.  Growing up I had diverse taste in music. I loved The Beatles, Queen, The Police, Prince, Michael Jackson and Kiss.

3 – How long have you been playing/writing? Since the age of 13. I got my first guitar at age 13.  I couldn’t play a chord but I immediately took it to my bedroom and start strumming away and trying to write songs. After a couple of weeks I had taught myself a few chords and was away writing all sorts of songs. Not the greatest stuff because after all it was the pinning’s of a 13  year old.  Over the years my skill as a songwriter has improved greatly…I hope haha. I have composed 100’s of songs over the years.

4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)? At the moment I am focused on writing, recording and music video production. However I love performing live and I am told I can be quite the entertainer on stage.

6 – Where is the best place to find you online?

You can like my facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/freddiefiction and interact with me directly there.

The music video for I Don’t Dream can be found at
www.youtube.com/watch?v=24yFHZcGfq4

You can download the song for free at http://taazi.com/freddiefiction

Or you can buy it from itunes at

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-dont-dream-single/id796507224

You can also write to me at Twitter. I am quite active on social media and usually respond on both twitter and FB
www.twitter.com/FreddieFiction