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’. 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’”
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
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”.
We are thrilled to be supporting Steeleye Span on Saturday 9th December 2017 at The Cheese & Grain, Frome Somerset. Tickets have been selling fastl but we do have a few more. If you would like to join us for this great evening of live music then please email us for tickets (£22.50 ea) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More exciting news to come!! Big Ethemia Hugs from us both xx
We are thrilled to announce that Ethemia have been asked to support direct from the USA, Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Film and TV Star Loudon Wainwright III at his only Theatre/Club Show in the UK.
We are supporting Loudon Wainwright III at The Cheese & Grain, Frome, Somerset on Friday 28th July 2017.
Loudon known as the singing medic in the TV Show M*A*S*H, his also the father of musicians Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche.
His musical, TV and film credits are endless. He has appeared in numerous filme including 28 Days, Big Fish, The Aviator, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Elizabethtown and Knocked Up to name a few.
We are thrilled to be given this opportunity. Berny first saw Loudon Wainwright perform at Cambridge Folk Festival when he was in his early twenties 🙂
This is a clip of Loudon Waiwright on Later with Jools Holland (Oct 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXgYwsKv36w
Tickets are selling Super Fast!!! Please make contact if you would like any tickets for this event.
Advance Tickets £30 (on door) £36 if any are left!
Our live performance and chat to Brody Swain on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire is truly revealing.
To glean some insight into the inner workings of Ethemia Listen to the recorded broadcast here.
We had such a great time meeting the team and having a great afternoon live on the Radio and can’t wait to go back and play some new songs.
Love & Ethemia Hugs
Michaela & Berny xx
As many of you know, Ethemia offers ‘Special Sofa Sessions’. These sessions consist of a 30/40 minute acoustic set, for no fee, to people unable to make live music gigs due to illness or disability. We have performed to people suffering with cancer and chronic illnesses. We have played our songs both to elderly and young people alike – in their own homes, residential care, hospitals and hospice’s.
A while ago we had the privilege of performing a ‘Special Sofa Session’ to some amazing young people living in a residential home in Gloucester.
These young people had differing disabilities, but their love for life, for each other and live music was electric! Their eyes and their hearts lit up during our performance. Their smiles, their singing and dancing was contagious. We felt so blessed to share our music with them all. To see them full of such joy is something that neither Berny or I, will ever forget.
“There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more” ~ Robert M. Hensel
We all have the opportunity to live our lives with our hearts on fire. The human spirit can rise above all. Its ability to persevere against the odds, to show courage in the face of fear, to truly live nomatter what. To realise and recognise that no disability need ever steal the magic of life away. On reflection every young person their taught us that.
The amount of love and joy they shared was so beautiful, that we both felt incredibly emotional. In a world that is sometimes full of darkness, we found ourselves that day being drawn into a light that shone so brightly and into a world of total love and inclusion – where everyone benefits, because love has no limits and can transcend all barriers.
TO ANYONE WISHING FOR A ‘SPECIAL SOFA SESSION’ If you know of anyone who meets the criterior above with regard to their illness or disability and who you know loves live acoustic music, then get in touch and we will see what magic we can share.
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