The Moulettes

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Moulettes are one of UK's most unique touring bands and are steadily being singled out from the wave of apparent Bjork & Kate Bush influenced Indie/alt Folk bands that have arisen this decade. They Recorded their third studio album 'Constellations' (Navigator Records) in studios, churches, tunnels, artisan workshops and bedrooms around Brighton and released it in the UK in 2014 and in Germany Feb 2015. It is their most complete and ambitious album to date and it testifies to their extraordinary ability to draw together such a varied ensemble that features legends Arthur Brown (God of Hellfire) and Herbie Flowers (Lou Reed, Bowie), as well as contemporaries Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), The Unthanks, Emma Richardson (Band Of Skulls) and a host of Brighton regular players from Sweden, Germany, Greece, Holland, South Africa, Australia, Scotland, Bosnia.

Renowned for their breathtaking live shows it is clear that few bands have the creative range and work ethic of Moulettes. With a brave approach to production and arrangement Moulettes look for peculiar ways of blending acoustic and electric instruments; For example, by putting Bassoons and stringed instruments through pedals and valve amps. They weave several genres with Cello, Violins, Guitars, Drums, Bassoon, Double bass, brass and synths into an incomparable pop/rock/folk Universe. Exercising both delicacy and fierceness, female Songwriter and Cellist Hannah Miller creates an otherworldly framework in which fantastical characters move bewteen the realms of Nature, Magic and Science. The band also contains a mix of self taught and classically trained multi-instrumentalists and singers who will often play more than one instrument per song and even at the same time. All members have shared the stage and studio with well known artists in Folk, Prog, pop and Rock, including Mick Jagger, Nick Cave, Seasick Steve, Bonobo, Gentle Giant, Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Bellowhead, The Levellers and many more.

Original members Hannah Miller, Ruth Skipper, Ted Dwane(Mumford and Sons), Rob Skipper (Previously of The Holloways) and Ollie Austin started playing together at school in Glastonbury and Winchester from 2002. Their initial period as teens/early twenties was spent promoting their residency nights 'The Den Of Iniquity' in the renowned 12 bar club on Tin Pan Alley, London. They took these nights to Manchester, Southampton and Brighton with the aim of bringing many indie bands and Folk influenced bands together. It was at these events that Seasick Steve's UK Label/Management saw the band perform and offered to release some of their repertoire. Since their Eponymous release in 2010 which was followed by The Bear's Revenge in 2012, Moulettes have constantly been on the road with varying sized ensembles from a 3piece to a full chamber orchestra. A popular festival band, they have played events as varied as Cropredy/End of the Road/Glastonbury (Avalon)/Bestival/ and Cambridge Folk. Hannah, Ruth, Ollie and Jim Mortimore continue their busy gig schedule around the world with many guests joining them on their way. If you are looking for good song writing, incredible musicianship and a truly unique projection of recorded music to date squeezed into accessible pop tunes Moulettes is the band for you.

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