We are delighted to be releasing Marina Florances brand new single Two More People on August 13th
Folk Radio Uk were kind enough to exclusively share the video on their site today, 22nd July
“Unfussy, simple and heartfelt, it’s one of those albums that curls up in your lap when you need a little comfort and leaves you ready to face the day anew.”
“Marina Florance is just one of the coolest women on the folk circuit at the moment. The Londoner hasn’t done the conventional route into music, starting quite late in life, but it shows in her unconventional sound.
Her style is a cross between Leonard Cohen and Peggy Seeger with a sort of retro 50s feel reminiscent of great singers such as Ketty Lester and Patti Page.
Her music crosses boundaries between folk, country, blues and Americana and on occasion has a definite continental feel to it.
Florance has such a distinct sound which has the ability to make you feel nostalgic without even knowing why or what for.” Danny Farragher Folkall Read the full review in Folkall by clicking here
“When I heard Marina Florance sing my ears did a double take – her low velvet tones absolutely blew me away, and tears sprang to my eyes. I felt immediately emotionally connected to this music, to her voice, and to the natural flow of each song…”
“…Her unhurried delivery & heartfelt message hits you every single time, it doesn’t need to rush, it doesn’t need to scream & shout, it just needs room to breathe so the story can be told. Oh my Jesus does she have a wonderful voice…”
Marina Florance ran one of the stages at Folkstock festival in 2013 and did a damn fine job. She also performed on the main stage, solo and with Ben Smith. She has performed at many of our events ever since and won a top award at the Love Folk Live showcase.
STOP THE PRESS : Marina is featured in SAGA Magazine 9th January !
Norwich based singer songwriter Marina Florance has been a songwriter for years but only recently entered the fray that is the public performance circuit. The impetus to start performing came from a need to bring her songs to life, but this turned into an opportunity for her to record them professionally, almost by accident. Persuaded to go to an Arts Council meeting by her co writer Julie Fox Allen, Marina didn’t even stay to the end – where the songs were presented to a panel. However Julie was made of sterner stuff and stood it out ! Not surprisingly, the panel were impressed with her songs and, after the application process was completed, awarded her an Arts Council Grant via the Escalator project, in 2007 to fund her first album. Marina then went on to win the Oldie Composer songwriting competition in 2012 which was judged by BBC Radio 2’s Terry Wogan, Ken Bruce and Whispering Bob Harris. This meant her song was sung by Anthony Head on ITV and across many national radio stations.
Since then Marina’s songs have been featured by Soundcloud as Track of the Day on BBC 6 Music thanks to Tom Robinson and his Fresh on the Net team. Being booked for Cambridge Folk Festival and then being additionally placed on Stage 2 was a highlight for Marina in 2014 and now she has recorded and produced this album using her new home studio. Marina doesn’t have a background in the technical side of music, in fact, she regarded herself as a techno phobe, but during 2014 she has overcome her fears and produced a thing of beauty, we feel, here.
Marina was amused to be chosen to play at an Emerging Talent night for London Folk and Roots Festival by Folkstock. ‘Proves you’re never too old to emerge’ she quipped when she was invited onto Mustard TV, BBC Norwich and featured in the EDP, East Anglia’s primary newspaper to discuss her inspiring late entry into the world of music performance.
Carried Away is being released as a single on 23rd January on iTunes, Amazon and the usual digital portals and is the day Marina is doing an ‘in store’ performance at Union Music Store in Lewes.
The album is officially released on January 16th. The physical copy is available from Folkstock Records now.
We are proud to have released Marina’s songs on our compilations, which were recorded by Lauren Deakin Davies our in house producer, and witnessing Lauren at work in her studio inspired Marina to tackle this challenge. She set up her own home studio, and proceeded to write, record and produce this album This That and the Other which we are proud to be releasing for her. It is available now and official digital release is 16th January 2016. It has been getting a lot of radio plays, reviews and positive attention, deservedly so.
Marina’s song Little Black Cloud was on our DOWNTOWN album and gained considerable promotional opportunities as you can see below, as well as positive reviews
Here she is performing at one of our Christmas Showcases in December 2013
Here she is performing with Ben Smith
Here she is performing on BBC Introducing in Norfolk
You can hear her tracks on the compilations below.