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We are delighted to be releasing two further tracks from SERA’s debut album Little Girl. Title track Little Girl and Your Joy will be released on 19th August. Little Girl was featured on the latest FATEA showcase which is available from 1st August
Thanks to Folk Radio UK for premiering Your Joy.
Baylen Leonard loved Creative Side and played it on his Amazing Radio The Front Porch show which goes out at 6pm every Saturday
So pleased that SERA got played on Chris Hawkins BBC 6 Music show 24th May 2016. Chris said that Waterside was a ‘beautiful gem of a song’. He’s not wrong.
Folkstock Records are delighted to be sharing the music of SERA with their fine music loving followers and the supportive network of radio presenters and reviewers. Two tracks from SERA’s forthcoming album are being released by Folkstock on March 11th. Creative Side and Waterside will be the two tracks on the AA single and the launch gig is at the popular Dylan’s in Criccieth on Friday 11th March. The two tracks demonstrate SERA’s diversity and will appeal to those who love a warm, approachable sound and ear worm hooks. Baylen Leonard from Amazing Radio/BBC Radio 2 played her most recent single ‘Carry Me’ and said that he will be playing more if that track was anything to go by. So we imagine he will be as keen as we were to hear these newly recorded songs.
But Baylen wasn’t the only fan of the song, ‘Carry Me’. It has been on the BBC Radio Wales playlist all through December to early January 2016 and she was also their ‘Artist of the Week.’
SERA is a bilingual singer/songwriter from the North Wales town of Caernarfon who has released a number of Welsh and English albums and EPs.
Since moving from the piano as her main instrument to the guitar, SERA is developing a different sound, with her last couple of EPs walking the country/folk line. Look out for her new album in May 2016, which she recorded with producer Eddie Boogie, (Eddie Al-Shakarchi) that has a distinct Americana feel to it.
No stranger to success, SERA’s songs have been played across the UK, and her song ‘Melody’ has also been used in numerous ad campaigns, in the SKY show ‘Stella’ and in the BAFTA Cymru winning independent film ‘Dancing in Circles. ’ SERA was also a finalist in the Song for Wales (Can i Gymru) TV show in both 2009 and 2015.
A popular solo festival act, SERA has played at Sidmouth Fringe, How the Light Gets In, Focus Wales, Wakestock, Festival Number 6 and more. SERA has toured in America, and also has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting and writes a music column in the North Wales Daily Post, as well as organises various music and arts events with CEG, a musicians’ collective.
This year catch SERA playing at the Scouservarious Gala concert in Liverpool in January, supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman at Blue Sky in Bangor in April, playing a headline slot at Focus Wales in May, as well as a busy tour of festivals and gigs throughout the summer.
This is what SERA says about working with Folkstock and the songs she is releasing on the independent label.
“I really admire the passion and fresh approach to music by Helen and Folkstock. The music Folkstock releases is always authentic and full of heart. I’m thrilled that Helen can see those same qualities in my music also – something that has always been so important to me when making my music. I’m excited and honoured that two of my tracks from the forthcoming album will be released by Folkstock as a Double A side single release. The songs show two sides to my music and my album. Creative side being an up-beat, hooky Americana song on guitar, with the piano-led Waterside showing the more emotional and expressive tone also on the album. I believe Folkstock can help introduce my music to a wider audience, and it feels amazing to be a part of of the Folkstock community of artists.
Music and writing, for me, helps me make sense of the world and of my life. Having a creative side, whether you make a career out of it or use it in a small way in everyday life, like baking cakes, making furniture or simply playing with crayons and clay with your kids – gives you a moment of freedom to just be yourself. That’s the
inspiration behind Creative Side. I recorded it with Ed Al-Shakarchi (Ed Boogie) in Cardiff and will be on my album, out in the summer.
Waterside was a song I wrote quite a long time ago on the piano – It’s about the passing of time, regret and longing. But also the idea of hope, resolution and love. The story of this song is very vivid in my mind, and plays out like a film. A woman returning to a place of special meaning and significance to an equally important person from her past. ‘Water’ has always been an important theme in my music – I’m surrounded by it here in North West Wales and so many of my memories are connected to it. The track features Sion Lewis and Jenn Williams on strings, and was also recorded with Ed in Cardiff.
“Sera… the piano playing of Sara Bareilles crossed with Joni Mitchell’s songbird twang and guitar playing, with a pinch of the more animated and upbeat vocals of Amanda Palmer”.
Manchester Evening News
“The delicate arrangements and lush vocals…heart-warming folk pop …are surely guaranteed to put a smile on your face”.
Tom Robinson, Fresh On The Net
”An absolute breath of fresh air…perfect and untouchable.”
“…inventive musical arrangements that vary from upbeat folk-rock to piano-driven ballads and acoustic, rootsy songs…”
Alan Cackett, Maverick Country
“She demonstrates a controlled dignity in her presentation that is positively refreshing in these times of over the top Saturday night theatricality.”
“Together with the likes of Paper Aeroplanes, Ivan Moult and Al Lewis, Sera is another name that can be added to the current crop of Welsh talent.”
A Musical Priority
Creative side – Guitar and vocals: Sera Louise Owen
Guitar, vocals, percussion: Eddie Al- Shakarchi
Waterside – piano and vocals: Sera Louise Owen
Cello: Sion Lewis
Violin: Jenn Williams
Both songs written by SERA.
Both produced by Eddie at The Barn studio, Michaelston-y-fedw, Wales