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5/10/19

It’s been a creative packed last couple of weeks here in Quiet Choir land. I finished my kids book ‘The Knitting Witch’ so will soon be hunting down an agent so that I can get it published.

I have also set up a Bandcamp page where Mean Time can be purchased on CD/digital download. It will also be where we will sell our T-Shirts which are coming soon!

Last Saturday my dear and super-talented-super-friend Daniela Sbrisny took some great photos of me at Braithwaite House, the Barbican and off of Old Street and I’m looking forward to sharing more of those and getting full band pics taken.

Speaking of the full band, we will be playing at the Hope and Anchor on Thursday 7th November with our friends Lunatics Lost as they launch the EP. There are a few other acoustic gigs coming up in November which I’m keeping under wraps ‘til a later date, just keep your Sundays free is all I’m sayin’.

Jesca Hoop @ The Barbican, London 4.10.19 Photo: Quiet Choir

Jesca Hoop @ The Barbican, London 4.10.19 Photo: Quiet Choir

On 2/10 we played acoustic at Union Chapel* for a private event, our merry mini-set consisting of:

DANDY LION - THE PRECISION COLLISION - FOSSILS - QUIET CHOIR

That night, we also had the privilege of a ‘dressing room’ with a table full of food which Simon being vegan and me being gluten free had a lot of fun snacking on. Cheese for me, bread for him, Wagon Wheels for everyone else. Happy daze!

I went to see Jesca Hoop at the Barbican last night, and she joked about how she knew she had made it, now that her onstage drink had got it’s own stool! She’s quite something. The Lost Sky was my absolute favourite, and their entire set was magical.

*in the bar



15/9/2019

I managed to finish (and name) my new song ‘Run for Cover’ in time to open with it at The Hope and Anchor the other week. Here it is above (just in case you couldn’t tell). Big thanks to David Fonseca for capturing the first time I played it outside of my room and to other humans. It was the first time he had seen me live, even though he filmed my Burden to Love video 100 years ago <3.

Our set looked like this, and I was joined by the full band for the rest:

RUN FOR COVER - THE MOUNTAIN THAT YOU FORGOT - DANDY LION - FOSSILS - BURDEN TO LOVE - QUIET CHOIR

Our next show will be at one of my favourite places and venues Union Chapel* on 2/10/2019

*not on the main stage.

QUIET OUT!

Esther

25/8/2019

Hello! So I have realised (and not for the first time), that I really need to write here more, I mean, ‘need’ is a strong word…let’s change that to, ‘I would really like to write here more so I really should’.

Skunk Anansie @ Barba Negra Track, Budapest 31.07.19 Photo: Quiet Choir

Skunk Anansie @ Barba Negra Track, Budapest 31.07.19 Photo: Quiet Choir

Tonight I am typing here as I need to stay awake as the infamous Gilberto A. (of ‘I love the layers…’ fame) and I, are going to see Skunk Anansie tomorrow night. I don’t need to stay awake until then, I am trying to prevent jet lag - the ultimate luxury problem. I got back this morning from NYC after having the joys of catsitting my friend’s cat in Williamsburg. Sounds as cool as it was. I finished my kids book ‘The Knitting Witch’ (again) and now I need to read it straight through from beginning to end and then she will be ready to set sail, then get turned into a film or a series and have a soundtrack and an audiobook accompanied by QC music. Average dreams keep me busy, but Hey! If you heard it here first…you were here at the start man, before the start even began!

We will be playing a gig on 5th September with our lovely Mono’s other band LUNATICS LOST. Last time it sold out before we were even on the bill which was quite exciting. You can buy tickets HERE

Thinking of opening with a new one that I haven’t named or finished yet, as we all know it is good to start strong.

‘won’t let you walk away, won’t let you run, won’t let you walk away, into the setting sun…’

In other news, sharing is caring and all that, the tracklisting for the new album DIGITAL CLOUDS is as follows:

SIDE X

DANDY LION - LOOKING FOR KINGS - UPWARDS AND ONWARDS - CLOUDLESS - AN ORCHESTRA OF TINY VIOLINS

SIDE Y

AEROPLANES - SITTING IN SILENCE - THE PRECISION COLLISION - THE MOUNTAIN THAT YOU FORGOT

And…while I’m at it, I thought I would upload an acoustic live version of DANDY LION with Simon slayin’ it with his solo. I put it at the top of this post as it just looks better there!

Good night.

Esther

7/1/19

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Hello and hello to 2019!

I may not be the first to the party on that greeting (it being a whole week into the new year), but I feel like I have arrived into it now, as yesterday I finished recording Orbiting (version 1) , a song I wrote for Phoebe.

Thanks as ever to Adam Walsh for the image of our moon, taken in Greenwich and to my lovely Marta for her beautiful design assistance.

Below are the lyrics and if you click on the title it will take you to the song. Magic. Happy reading/listening and hope to see you at our gig on Thursday 31st January at the Dublin Castle in Camden, Londinium.

Orbiting

You flew away with the birds

I know you are orbiting us

and it makes me feel safe on Earth

When I hear only traffic

When I see only clouds

When I can’t feel the magic, just madness

I need you here with me now

I know you are orbiting us

I know you are orbiting

When the weather changes

I hear you speak to me

All the seasons remind me of you

Now I have no reason to leave

I have a reason to love

I have a reason to live

I have a reason to try

Now I have the reasons to give

I know you are orbiting us

I know you are orbiting

I’m reaching up

I’m reaching out

I’m reaching up

I’m reaching out

Look, look up

I know you are orbiting us

I know you are orbiting

- QC


4/9/2018

I wrote a new song a few weeks ago called Them Youths and pretty much recorded a video for it straight away on the swing in my garden, it ain't no pop video, just a visual record of sound. I like that I finally was able to find a home for the lyric 'them youths, them youths don't think about their roots'. I had wanted to use it for about 8 years but it couldn't find it's place,  but I am glad I kept it nestled in the dungeon of my mind until the time was right to release it. I also wrote the song in one of the quickest times of all my songs, it's not quite able to beat Neverending Shores though.

We have a gig lined up on 1st November in The Dublin Castle,  supporting Mono's other band Lunatics Lost (we love a good Mono show), and another one in the pipeline slightly further away (in distance). We are also on the look out for a trombonist as I have become obsessed with the action of a trombone.

DIGITAL CLOUDS the new Quiet Choir album will be recorded imminently. I have instead spent the summer finishing my kids book 'The Knitting Witch', hopefully more on that soon. It is very nearly done, I just need to walk along the canal from Ware to Greenwich (split over a few days), take notes of what I see and transfer my scrawly handwriting into words the kids can read. It's a sinch folks! Everyone should try it!

21/5/2018

One week ago today, we played at the fabulous Blue Monday night at The Boogaloo, Highgate and had a great first gig as our new 4-piece line up.

You can watch our set HERE as the night was lovingly filmed by Rose Red. We are on at 1hr 20mins.

Esther and Tamara will be playing the next Quiet Choir gig together, live on the internet 17/06/2018 

11/4/2018

Dear you,

I am very excited to announce that there are 2 new additions to the Quiet Choir family; Tamara on cello and Simon on trumpet.       

Last summer, I said to Tamara (a mutual friend of our dear Phoebe), that in 2018, we would play music together. We were soon to be neighbours, (and also I had heard on the gravevine that she was really rather good)! I had never seen or heard her play before (and vice/versa) and to my luck, she agreed.

At a birthday party, few months later, I asked Zena (another mutual friend of Phoebe) if her boyfriend (who had just arrived, and who I'd never met before),  played an instrument, as I wanted him to be in my band! She said that he did and that he played trumpet! Perfect! So again,  I said to Simon that in 2018 we would play music together and that I also had someone on cello lined up.  I had never seen or heard him play before (and vice/versa) and to my luck, he too agreed! 

It is all very magical how it has worked out. Tamara and Simon are wonderful people/musicians and we are all looking forward to 14/05/18 when we have our first gig together and with Mono on drums!

We are really excited to share our music with you.      

Stay connected,

Esther


15/11/2017

I'm very much looking forward to January as I have just got a gig supporting one of my heroes Jonah Matranga at The Hope and Ruin in Brighton on Monday 24th. I'll be joined by Kate Shields on musical saw and we'll be cutting shapes from Mean Time and from my upcoming album DIGITAL CLOUDS.