International Women's Day with Heard Collective
HEARD Collective + Michele Stodart + Hannah White + Daisy Chute + Salma El-Wardany + Cerian
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
HEARD Collective presents… International Women’s Day 2020!
HEARD Collective feature new guest artists with each lineup, showcasing handpicked female talent and collaborating to create unique one-off performances.
IWD 2020 will feature Hannah White, Michele Stodart and Salma El-Wardany.
Expect lush vocal harmonies and soaring melodies, intricate finger-picking guitar, banjo and harp, and songs and stories from the female perspective.
About the HEARD Collective:
Singer-Songwriters Daisy Chute and Cerian co-founded the HEARD Collective after they met in the studio recording vocals for Radiohead album A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016.
Both multi-instrumentalists with Celtic roots and renowned for their angelic voices, they decided to combine forces and form a new collective of female musicians who tour together, play together and support one another. The idea was born out of a desire for more female representation in the industry and was inspired by other collectives such as Nashville-based I’m With Her, British collaborations Songs of Separation, Woman to Woman and music by indie folk/pop bands like First Aid Kit and The Staves.
Michele Stodart is a solo artist as well as bassist, vocalist and co-songwriter with much loved, Double Platinum selling The Magic Numbers. The band recently released their fifth studio album, Outsiders, in May 2018 to great critical acclaim. In 2012, Michele self released an album of her own songs, Wide-Eyed Crossing, a southern drenched journey into Americana country blues. “
“I never thought I'd release a solo album, but I needed closure from those songs, so recording them was the only way to truly move on.”
Michele continued writing, and started using her skills on bass, guitar and backing vocals, which led to many projects on stage and in the studio with artists including Kathryn Williams, David Ford, Ren Harvieu, David Kitt, O'Hooley & Tidow amongst many others. Michele later signed to none other than Bjork's record label One Little Indian releasing her second solo album Pieces in 2016. The album and Michele’s intimate heart wrenching live performances really sets her apart from her peers and proves she is an artist and songwriter in her own right. There’s plans to record a new album this year.
“Steeped in languid melancholy... [it] sits in a rich tradition that encompasses such touchstone female performers as Karen Dalton, Judee Sill... Emmylou Harris or Gillian Welch... 'Pieces' may just be the most impressive record she's ever made" - 8/10 - Uncut
“To say that Michele’s songs are ‘rich’ is rather an understatement – it has become the norm for the majority of people at her gigs to leave either speechless, or (and more often the case) crying…. Michele’s solo music is truly breathtaking.” - For Folk’s Sake
Hannah White, a Yamaha Official British singer-songwriter who both as a solo artist and with Norwegian A-listers ‘The Nordic Connections’ has risen to prominence with airplay on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC lntroducing and through major Spotify Official playlists.
Hannah is an artist with a genuine social conscience and an advocate for independent musicians and writers across the UK. Praised by the London Evening Standard as an “activist” and “arresting and wholly believable” by Acoustic magazine she was described as “an artist who can deliver social conscience in the folk troubadour style of a Judy Collins or Joan Baez” by Country Music Magazine.
Daisy Chute is a folk-americana songstress, banjo-wielding multi-instrumentalist and hyphen-loving Londoner. Daisy’s musical roots are born out of her transatlantic Scottish/American heritage and she has been compared to artists like Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel and Eva Cassidy. Daisy writes intelligent songs with stories, and performs them with spine-tingling vocals, rich harmonies and intricate instrumentation.
Represented by Talentbanq Agency and an award-winning artist, Daisy came first in the Coffee Music Project singer-songwriter competition with her song ‘London’s on Fire’ which can be heard in over 900 Caffe Nero stores around the world. Last year saw an unprecedented year of over 130 performances across the UK and US with highlights including débuts at Glastonbury Festival, Union Chapel and in Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis’ feature film ‘Yesterday’.
When she’s not busy songwriting, recording or selling out independent venues, Daisy offers her dulcet tones to countless soundtracks for films, TV shows and games and for bands like Radiohead, Elbow and Two Door Cinema Club. Formerly of Universal’s Platinum-selling classical quartet All Angels, Daisy loves collaboration and is the co-founder of HEARD Collective - an artist collective who promote and support women in music, and the co-writer of COVEN - a gig theatre show about witches set to tour in 2020.
Find more at @DaisyChuteOfficial
"Beautiful, exquisite melodies, insightful lyrics and a wealth of wonderful musicality makes Daisy an artist that is destined for great things.." Tony Moore (Soho Radio, The Bedford)
Writer, poet, speaker and BBC radio presenter, Salma El-Wardany performs internationally, has given 2 TEDx Talks, worked with Edinburgh University on the Dangerous Woman project, as well as partnering with The British Library and The Wellcome Collection. She regularly works with global brands to raise awareness through poetry, most recently working with Always on their ‘End Period Poverty’ campaign. She’s also worked with Virgin, Made.com, Bumble, Hinge, Sofar Sounds and Plan International. She writes regularly for Metro, Stylist, Huffpost and Buzzfeed.
Being a Muslim woman of colour, she’s struggled against stereotypes and marginalisation, specifically how difficult womanhood is in a patriarchal world. Her work centres around female storytelling and giving voice to the people history has for so long ignored.
She’s currently working on her debut novel and you can find her either writing in the dark somewhere, being very left wing on TV, chatting on the radio, running her marketing business, eating cake, performing poetry and writing about how the patriarchy is running all our lives. Failing that, find her on Instagram (@salmaelwardany) or Twitter (@writtenbysalma).
Described as "the purest voice on radio" (BBC) and selected as one of Music Republic Magazine’s “ones to watch” in 2019, London singer-songwriter, Cerian, is a multi-instrumentalist described as a cross between Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell and London Grammar, weaving together soaring melodic vocals and rich harmony with poetic lyrics. Known for being a ground-breaking singing harpist, Cerian is a sponsored artist of Rees Harps who is fast gaining a reputation as one of London's most unique artists. With the "voice of an angel" (Music Injection), Cerian writes darkly moving and beautiful folk-pop songs. Having sung on Radiohead's latest album and with the likes of U2, Thom Yorke, Sam Smith, Imogen Heap, Neneh Cherry and Charlotte Church, she is now taking on the world with her own brand of contemporary dark ethereal folk-pop. Having released two singles to critical acclaim, her latest single "Caught in the Dark" has already garnered glowing reviews and BBC Radio play, and is the title track of her debut EP, to be released in April. Cerian is enjoying a successful year, playing Glastonbury Festival, touring the UK and has released a single recorded at Abbey Road Studios as part of the HEARD Collective that she co-founded and runs with her colleague Daisy Chute to promote and support women in music.
"Cerian has that rare type of compelling vocal that effortlessly captures its listener's attention with its extraordinary range and purity. 'Wasteland' is a flawlessly executed track... a breathtaking, emotive, punch to the gut. " (When the Horn Blows)