Arcelia : Lucky Man
Arcelia (pronounced Ah-KELL-ia – meaning ‘treasure chest’ in old Spanish) are songwriter Gavin Alexander (has supported the likes of Mark Nevin, co -wrote the theme tune to Studio Ghibli's Emmy award winning TV series, Ronja the Robber's Daughter), voice artist Teresa Gallagher (Octonauts, Thunderbirds, Thomas & Friends) and Flying Picket Simon Foster. Together they create an exquisite sound which has been likened to Crosby Stills & Nash, America, Paul Simon and Squeeze (they regularly perform and tour with Chris Difford).
They have also been in demand as a support act for the likes of Scott Matthews, Oysterband, Coope Boyes and Simpson, Michele Stodart, Boo Hewerdine, Maddy Prior.
“Wonderfully warm harmonies”.... MOJO Magazine
“With this kind of talent on display expectations are high, and they are resoundingly met on each track.” ★★★★★ R’n’R Magazine
“Here is songwriting and singing of the very highest order..” 9/10 Americana UK
“Owes so much to the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash with their dreamy acoustic meanderings, contrast of the individual voices and combination of well matched harmonies.” Louder Than War
“Trailblazing a new genre”… Classic Rock Society
Following up their 2014 debut Wrap Your Bones, on their new album the band continues to evolve into an exceptional songwriting and performing unit, further exploring stunning songs of everyday life and loves.
Building On The Land was recorded and produced in Arcelia’s own studio, a 150 year old barn surrounded by forest within a glorious Kent valley. As a songwriter, Gavin is a collaborative musician and several of the album’s songs were written with Cat Bloomfield (Fallen, Turn Out The Light and The World). Collaboration underpins how Arcelia approach their work as a band too – once Gavin, Teresa and Simon have developed and gigged the songs, they then invite a variety of guest musicians such as Perry White (piano – co-writer of Heart) and Martin Elliott (bass, Michael Nyman Band) to have free rein at the recording stage.
The resulting album is a rich mix of exceptional songwriting and understated, sparse arrangements, outstanding vocals and harmonies, and wonderful musicianship. Interestingly, two of the albums tracks, Workhouse and Last Goodbye were commissions. The former was a collaboration with Gressenhall Workhouse in Norfolk (the song featured in an exhibition) and the latter was written for short film Hometown by the University of Kent.
With songs exploring themes that include family (Building On The Land), frailty and vulnerability (Fallen, Turn Out The Light), loss (Into The Dark, Far and Away) and optimism (The World), Building On The Land further highlights Arcelia’s exploration of the wonders of life and the human condition, through their timeless, unique bend of soulful folk.
Remaining Arcelia tour dates 2019
26th October, Chichester Inn, Chichester with Yvonne Lyon https://yvonnelyonmusic.com/biography-2/ 4th November, Half Moon, Putney with Yvonne Lyon 9th November, Green Note, Camden, with Yvonne Lyon - matinee show 12th November, The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks , Kent- Arcelia trio 2020 19th January - Winterfest, Broadstairs with Chris Difford 29th Feb - Lewes Con Club, Arcelia trio 27th March - Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester - Arcelia trio 5th June - Edith Folk , Kent supporting Ranagri 23rd November - Warwick Folk Club, Arcelia trio ( TBC )
Further media praise:
“Fantastic set. Stunning harmonies. The vocals were amazing”
... Bob Harris’s Warehouse Recording Co
“ARCELIA are on stage now and sending shivers down everyone's spine”
… Hamish Stewart , Average White Band
“Listening to your gorgeous album - delicious !” …Mark Nevin, Fairground Attraction
“…the vocals across the tracks stand out as something special…the blend of harmonies lift the songs to another level… acoustic mood music of the highest order…" ........Folk & Roots
“A perfect example of the ' less is more' mantra in operation…" Fatea
“Beautiful songwriting, gentle acoustics - and HEART" WOW Magazine
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