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”.

Ethemia Supporting Steeleye Span 9th December 2017

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 info@ethemia.com.

More exciting news to come!! Big Ethemia Hugs from us both xx

Ethemia Supporting Legendary Loudon Wainwright 28th July 2017

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!

Ethemia Live on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire

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

‘Special Sofa Sessions’ (Free)

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.

 

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

Ethemia performing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 20th, 21st & 22nd August 2015

We can’t believe that tomorrow we are heading to perform in Edinburgh at the biggest Arts Festival in the World!!! We’re performing at The Edinburgh Fringe…WOW!

Berny and I are supporting Paul Thompson’s ‘Floating to the Fringe Tour’. You won’t miss us because we are performing on his ‘milk float’… how quirky is that!! We love quirky!

You can catch us and Paul Thompson performing daily on George Street ( yes the same street as the Assembly Rooms). We’re on 5-6pm daily ( August 20th, 21st & 22nd) prior to Paul performing at 6-7pm. Hope to see some of you 🙂

Its going to be a BLAST! So exciting… Edinburgh we’re going to Ethemianise you 🙂

Have a great week, we’ll post photos of our adventures at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Love & Hugs

Michaela & Berny xxxxx

Ethemia on BBC Introducing in the West ~ Sat 11th July 2015

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p012bzts

How do we prepare for gigs? Listen to this feature by John Oldham @ BBC Introducing on Saturday 11th July 2015 to find out how we prepare for our gigs. Click on the link to hear this interview on Demand. We’re on 36:45 mins in.

Huge Thanks to John Oldham for this interview. Thanks BBC Introducing team for your continued support for unsigned music.