The Quill + æmma Live at Hunter's Moon
The Quill + æmma
LGM Live are proud to present Hunter's Moon at Bush Hall London, an orchestral extravaganza featuring Nicky Francis & the Quill and aemma.
The Quill is a collective astral-folk orchestra based in London, headed by Nicky Francis. Nicky's music is of a psych-folk sensibility, paired with grand pieces of explosive orchestral crescendo. Each track of the debut album 'The Tower at Hunter's Moon' (release due Autumn 2018), is characterized by large-scale rhythmic arrangements, silky strings and choir elements.
Close to a decade ago Nicky (drummer of Mono Club and the now-disbanded Goldheart Assembly), began seeking musicians to flesh out his catalog of songs; this endeavor evolved into the formation of The Quill. With his in-house producer/guitarist Dan Bell, The Quill have recruited a tribe of devoted and talented players, all of which have an invaluable and unique sonic contribution.
The group includes the likes of Lyla Foy, John Herbert and James Dale (of Goldheart Assembly), æmma, fiddle legend Ben Gunnery, classically trained violinist Louisa Wood, Alex Mattinson, Rylan Holey, harmonica player Lee Vernon, and a core rhythm section of Ash Hall, Drew Wynen, Ben Davis and Riccardo Castellani.
æmma sang 'Little Lamb' in cathedral choirs when she was young (words were by William Blake, put into a stunning choral piece by John Tavener, an old English choral composer). It has interesting harmonies and a strong mythical feeling that always stuck with her. She missed singing this kind of devotional choral music despite having left organised religion and the church years ago.
House of Hym is a song about leaving a destructive relationship; having anger and frustration at some kind of male Godhead; leaving an organised religion and finding strength and celebration in being feminine.
The idea of singing to Mother Nature and the wonder of creation inspired the lyrics ‘Little Lamb who made thee...' and so instead of singing praise to a male god figure, æmma sings to the feminine 'She'. Influenced by old English mythical and pagan influences alongside dance music and mixing up the idea of transcending and otherworldly music with more down to earth tribal tones.
Emma Churchley is a classically trained multi instrumentalist and composer, born and raised on Dartmoor.