‘Common Ground’ Official Cover Artwork (The story behind the image)

We are thrilled to reveal our official cover artwork for our EP ‘Common Ground’. Created by a truly talented and wonderful artist called Sean Nolan. The story that lies behind Sean’s genius artwork captures a beautiful tale; one that seems beyond us all and one that was based on an incredible tarot reading – a reading which is coming true with every step ( See below).

‘Common Ground’ is the very life-blood that connects Ethemia to everyone. The Artist Sean included in this powerful image all the meaning and depth offered by the tarot. An image that includes a very special oak tree and meeting place that Michaela’s niece Maisie pointed out as her special place before she died. It’s where we think of her and where we have hung messages to her. She continues to stay with us in our hearts and through ‘Common Ground’ keeps us connected to all. We cannot thank Sean enough for his creation that continues to touch us so much and carries a truth along with the magic of unbreakable relationships.

In all we do and share we have found the most wonderful ‘Common Ground’. We hope you will enjoy the music our EP brings to you. Each song produced by another wonderful and talented  man (The figure on left of illustration) Damon Sawyer, who helped to build every block through shear hard work and the sharing of tears. Along with Crescent Records we give you ‘Common Ground’. Should you wish to use Sean Nolan’s talents then (CLICK HIS WEBSITE).

TAROT READING INSPIRES INSIGHTFUL EP COVER

When artist Sean Nolan was given a brief to create an EP cover for Cirencester duo Ethemia, he was stunned by the story.

Berny of Ethemia had been offered a personal tarot reading. As the cards were shuffled one fell on the floor face down’. He was then asked if he wanted to include this card in the reading. Ethemia’s first album was called ‘Quirk of Fate’, so he trusted it would be right. Sure enough the face down card turned out to be a ‘Queen’, highly energetic and not prone to shy away from a challenge. ‘This description perfectly fitted Michaela my musical partner,’ smiled Berny. So it appeared the tarot reading was for Ethemia.

The main card chosen was the ‘Three of Pentacles’ (See illustration above). This picture depicted a man and a woman in robes holding the plans of a spiritual cathedral and they were its architects. This represented the adversity that had been overcome by sincerity, integrity, determination and love. Ethemia in their song-writing are known for their ability to tackle the more painful and darker sides of the human condition, but their songs always carry love and hope.

In fact the tree in the centre of the picture is known as the ‘Maisie Tree’ in memory of Michaela’s young niece who died of cancer. ‘It is a true likeness of her special tree’, said Michaela. ‘My niece had conveyed should we ever need to be close to her after her death, we should sit beside it.’ The spiritual side of Ethemia cannot be denied.

‘The main tarot card also depicted a third person. A stone mason standing on a bench and holding a mallet and chisel. His skill made sure each block was cut perfectly. Both Michaela and Berny named this third person instantly. It was Damon Sawyer their producer, who for 18 months had taken the building blocks of their songs and helped them hone them into something greater. The tarot reading had emphasised that total commitment and being on the same page would turn dream into reality. Their EP now finished is aptly named ‘Common Ground’. So as predicted Ethemia go from strength to strength. Now signed to Crescent Records and their EP released. ‘Common Ground’, added Berny, ‘is the very life-blood that connects Ethemia to everyone.’

 

 

Introducing Guest Musicians on our Latest EP ‘Common Ground’

INTRODUCING GUEST MUSICIANS on our latest EP ‘Common Ground’.  Each musician has brought expertise that has given the tracks a fuller sound without losing its heart or essence.

 

GUESTS INCLUDE :

GEOFF DUNN (Drums) – One of the UK’s top drummers. Geoff Dunn is a world-class player with credits ranging from  Van Morrison, Procol Harum, Joe Cocker and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, to Manfred Mann’s Earthband, Joe Sample, Spiritualize, Shania Twain, 10cc, Paul Young, Paul Carrack, saxist Steve Cole, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Candy Dulfer, Bono, Chrissie Hynde, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Sting, Marianne Faithfull and Maceo Parker, former Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips, to name only a few – a lengthy and very diverse list of major artists. Continue reading “Introducing Guest Musicians on our Latest EP ‘Common Ground’”

Introducing you to our Producer Damon Sawyer

Damon throughout his career ( both as a drummer and producer) has worked with the likes of Paul Rodgers, Hundred Seventy Split, Ben E King, Paul Jones, Pee Wee Ellis, Bernie Marsden, Marmalade and legends such as Mike Vernon, Leo Lyons and Chris Porter.

To us Damon truly is a legend, not just as a producer, but as a person. He has mentored us, upping our game in performance and production. His passion and skill for milking every drop of creative juice from artist and song is second to none. “It is not perfection that captures the feeling that songs project”, he says, “but sincerity, and you guys have oodles of it”.

Damon’s extensive experience has brought him into contact with incredible musicians. He knew immediately who to bring in as sessional musicians to record our EP.

We’ll be introducing you to all the sessional musicians from now until our EP is released xxx

 

Ethemia are Signed to Crescent Records

We’ve had an exciting start to 2018! No sooner had our EP ‘Common Ground’ been mixed down and mastered, when we were made an offer we couldn’t refuse. Emerging Label ‘Crescent Records’ heard we had been working with producer Damon Sawyer ( specialising in DSD Hi-definition recording).

They listened to our EP and gave us a two year ‘Artist Recording Deal’ with the option to extend a further one year. “The tunes are truly cracking” said James Richings Director of Crescent Records, “Ethemia’s new EP is very distinct. A touch of Fleetwood Mac. The production is truly masterful. We intend to make good things come of such talent. We have heard that several people in the know are calling it ‘Epic Pop’. A term we think that just might stick”.

March Gig Dates

Spring has sprung and we’re back on the road doing what we love most! Performing Live!

Its wonderful to be back gigging after what feels like a quieter period….even though we’ve been working behind the scenes, writing new songs and experiencing an intense time recording our next album. Our music producer, Damon is working magic! Exciting times ahead 🙂

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Love & Ethemia Hugs

Michaela & Berny xxxx

Photograph Courtesy of Eric Hobson Photography.

Ethemia Live on BBC Radio Gloucestershire 1st September 2015

We chatted to Dominic Cotter on BBC Radio Gloucestershire about our experience at performing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival when we supported Paul Thompson ‘Floating to the Fringe Tour’. We chat about how this was one of our quirkiest gigs to date performing with a milk float 🙂

You can listen to our interview on BBC iplayer on the link. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02zm9jj

.We are on 1hr 14 mins. Hope you enjoy the interview 🙂

Thank you BBC Radio Gloucestershire for having us on! A pleasure as always to chat to you.

Michaela & Berny xx