Today I am all smiles because this morning I found out that musician and broadcaster Tom Robinson have put 'Bird of Paradise' on tonight's After Hour program on BBC 6 Music.
This is a first time for Asthmatic Harp on National Radio so I am sure you can all understand my immense excitment!
Tune in at 23.00-00.00 if you want to listen in real time.
In the mean time you can listen to my new single right here.
Since the virus outbreak has put a temporary hault to my house concert tour, I have decided to continue the tour in a slightly different format! Presenting to you, the Online House Concert Tour:
18/3/20 - Bird of Paradise Release Concert via Facebook Page
22/3/20 - Low-Fi Facebook Page
25/3/20 - Independent Music News via Twitch
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Did you see what Nordic Music Review said about my new single?
"For me there’s just so many little things to be appreciated over time, from the distinct ethereal vocals, mellow clarinet, subtle percussive elements and an atmospheric piano – and all told through a fluid songwriting and storytelling structure. After a few listens the melodic chorus will creep into your head, and even though it is still unconventional and quirky, it just all seems to fit together quite perfectly and very naturally." - Nordic Music Review
Even The Stars has made Bird of Paradise their track of the day!
"Bird Of Paradise features a whole range of instruments, from the autoharp and clarinet to more traditional synths and acoustic guitar, but all of this gives Hannah's evocative voice space to take centre stage, the subtle intonation of her voice capturing the emotion of the lyrics where she asks "what is this thing called spring?" as a metaphor for the start of a romance and the questions that come with it in the second half of the song."
I am humbled by the love that Bird of Paradise has been shown by Søren Lund Korsgaard from Danish blog Musik Mig Blidt.
"The number evokes spring sensations, falling in love and flowers in a botanical garden, and shines with extremely beautiful, delicate, bright vocals and a simple instrumental arrangement consisting of acoustic guitar, percussion, synth and clarinet. Simple but powerful elements! The chorus is elegant and catchy, and when the bright vocals sparkle brightest with small, fine vibrations, I simply get goosebumps in the best way!" - Musik Mig Blidt
What a lovely surprise being reviewed by one of my new favourite UK blogs Listen With Monger:
"New single ‘Bird of Paradise’ is a soft, waif-like folk song that is delivered with such whispered gentility it’s as if Asthmatic Harp is singing and performing on the branch right next the bird in question. Delicately plucked acoustic notes and warmly soft woodwind breaths are sprinkled with the tinkling of ivories and that gorgeous, nymph-like voice to soothe even the most anxiety ridden of souls." - Listen With Monger
I am truly grateful for those lovely words and can't wait to the official release tomorrow.
I am beyond proud that For The Rabbits are premiering Bird of Paradise on their blog today accompanied by these words: "Musically, the track is a delightfully playful slice of alt-folk, with a rhythmic acoustic guitar propelling the track forward alongside warm clarinet, fluttering piano flourishes and Hannah’s vocal, pitched somewhere between Regina Spector’s characterful delivery and Laura Marling’s near-perfect tones. The hopefulness of Spring, new growth and positive futures might not seem to have yet kicked in this year, listening to Asthmatic Harp you are reminded that they still could."
Ernie Goggins from the 27 Leggies is giving Bird of Paradise some more love: "I like it very much, and I think many of you will too. There is a very nice arrangement which enhances both her voice and the song, and I particularly like the clarinet parts by Heather Ryall - worthy of Mr Acker Bilk himself." I am super pleased that Ernie is fond of the clarinet parts which are exquisitely performed by clarinetist extraordinaire Heather Ryall.
Bird of Paradise has had it's first review just a week before it's official release. It could not have been better introduced than with these opening lines from Daniel Fagan: "If the first day of spring could take the form of a song, Asthmatic Harp’s new single, Bird Of Paradise, would be it." He then goes on to describe Bird of Paradise as "(...) the sort of music that can calm you down during the most violent of storms." and concludes the review calling the track "a beautiful and finely crafted song that takes you down a river of catchy melodies and thought-provoking lyrics."
Read the full review by clicking the cover art to the right.
Thank you Independent Music Review for giving Bird of Paradise such a warm welcome!
I’m so excited to have been selected as one of the recipients of the 2019 Help Musicians UK ‘Do It Differently’ Award. It means that I will be able to move forward with something very special that I have been working on for the past year.
The award will go towards funding my new EP which will be out in 2020. It follows on from my last single releases ‘Kilburn', 'Moorgate' and 'Seven Sisters' and comes at what feels like an exciting moment in my career, where new discoveries in sound and performance have brought me to an exciting, creative path.
SUPPORTING SAM PALLADIO IN THE ROUND
The band rehearsals have begun as we will be supporting musician and actor Sam Palladio on the main stage for the upcoming In The Round Series. This is definitly our biggest show to date and it is such a huge privilige to get to support Sam. I am sure that a lot of you will know him (and love him!) from his big musical break playing the role of country songwriter Gunnar Scott in the multi-award winning hit TV drama, Nashville in 2012.
January 28, 2019 7:00 PM
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH
See you then!
I am really proud and happy to announce that I have been made a Roundhouse Resident Artist for 2018/2019. The iconic Roundhouse in Camden has had a very special place in my heart ever since I moved to London and started exploring the amazing opportunities that they put on for young people.