Biography

"One of the brightest new names to have emerged full-grown on the country’s folk scene in recent years" FOLK RADIO UK

 

Odette Michell is an award-winning British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship.

Things have been moving at something of a pace for Odette ever since she released her debut EP 'By Way of Night' in 2018. The EP showcased a bold and emerging talent within the British folk and acoustic music scene and garnered high praise, earning Odette her first national and international radio plays on both BBC and Folk Radio stations.

In April 2019, Odette released her debut album ‘The Wildest Rose’. The album gained widespread positive acclaim followed by a string of live interviews, and featured notable musical contributions from Phil Beer (one-half of multi-award-winning acoustic folk band Show of Hands), and Toby Shaer (Cara Dillon, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys).

 

The result is a compelling, highly impressive debut that both soars and impresses. By the end of 2019, 'The Wildest Rose' had been chosen as one of the '10 Best Albums of 2019' by Johnny Coppin on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol & BBC Sounds, and became one of the 'Recommended Albums Of 2019' and 'Magnificent Seven Of 2019' on Blues & Roots Radio, as well as 'Album Of The Year' on the Readifolk Radio Show.

 

The album also became featured Album Of The Week on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (Sue Marchant, The Folk Show, April 2019), and BBC Radio Wales (Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, April 2019), as well as Album Of The Month on the Folk, Blues & Beyond Show on Radio Leicestershire and on Blues & Roots Radio, and earlier this year R2 Magazine touted Odette as one of their 'Top Tips For 2020'.

 

In January 2020 Odette won Female Artist Of The Year at the 2019 FATEA Awards, following in the footsteps of previous winners Kitty Macfarlane and Cara Dillon, respectively.

In February 2020 R2 Magazine also touted Odette as one of their 'Top Picks For 2020'. A dynamic live performer, Odette has recently opened for folk legends Phil Beer, Martin Carthy, Reg Meuross, Boo Hewerdine and BBC R2 Folk Award nominees Ninebarrow amongst others, and is now currently touring the UK in support of the new album, both solo and with her trio.

Born in Yorkshire with an Irish heritage, Odette grew up in a musical household and first picked up the guitar at fifteen. Inspired by the resurgence of folk and acoustic songwriters at the time, she began writing her own songs when she was just sixteen years old.

 

Growing up in the vibrant city of Cambridge allowed Odette to take advantage of the many stages and performance venues there, which included two early club stage appearances at the Cambridge Folk Festival - her first appearance there was when she was just 22 years old. Currently based on a rural 18th century dairy farm, Odette draws on these rich influences and life experience and weaves them together to form the basis of many of her songs.


 

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