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Music, Thu 19 Mar 2020

Topic Folk Club

Topic Folk Club


25 Peckover Street,
Little Germay,

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Odette Michell is a British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship. Her vocal style has been described as "warm, intelligent and sitting comfortably amidst folk guitar in a timeless songwriting style" - and has been compared in similarity to the likes of Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell.

Things have been moving at something of a pace for Odette ever since she released her 2018 debut EP By Way of Night. The release garnered high praise and gained Odette her first national and international radio plays on both mainstream BBC Radio and Folk Radio stations.

Born in Yorkshire with an Irish heritage, Odette grew up in a musical household and first picked up the guitar at fifteen. Inspired by the resurgence of folk and acoustic songwriters at the time, she began writing her own songs at the tender age of sixteen.

Growing up in the vibrant city of Cambridge allowed Odette to take advantage of the many stages and performance venues there, which included two early club stage appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival - her first appearance there was when she was just 22 years old. Now based on an 18th century dairy farm in the Hertfordshire countryside, Odette draws on these rich influences and life experience and weaves them together to form the basis of many of her songs.

?A dynamic live performer, Odette has recently opened for Phil Beer, Martin Carthy, Reg Meuross and BBC R2 Folk Award Nominees Ninebarrow, and is currently embarking on her first national solo tour in support of her debut album.

True Lovers an absolute masterclass in how to deliver a traditional song... Odette Michell is one to watch - Northern Sky

One of the brightest new names to have emerged full-grown on the country’s folk scene in recent years – Folk Radio UK

Odette Michell has the potential to be one of this generation's comparison points... an inspiration – Fatea Magazine?

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Thu 19 Mar 2020 20:00


£5 for members and £6 for non-members



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