Sound of the Sirens @ Exeter Cathderal
Sirens at Exeter Cathedral
The Sirens have had yet another incredible year with a packed festival season and string of other gigs and radio appearances. Festival highlights include The Isle of White, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cropredy, Camp Bestival, Glastonbury, Carfest and countless others.
Gig highlights include playing at London’s iconic Bush Hall, Manchester Def Institute, Support slots for Nahko and Medicine for The People (and making it on stage as backing singers) at Londons KOKO in Camden and Newton Faulkner at The Engine Shed in Lincoln.
Add to that winning the Phonic FM Devon Performance award for music and 2016 has been a pretty good year for these Songstresses.
The scene is set; the Exeter Christmas market on Cathedral Green is in full flow and everyone is in high spirits eagerly waiting to whiteness something special inside the cathedral. But despite everyone’s festive cheer, there is an air of sadness and tragedy circulating around Cathedral Green. In late October, tragedy struck one of the UK’s most historic buildings, The Royal Clarence Hotel. The hotel, Britain’s oldest and first ‘Hotel’, was torn apart by fire as well as some surrounding buildings. Just six days later, demolition began to remove the dangerous remnants of the Hotel.
Historic Exeter Fire Appeal
Exeter has rallied round and an Official Historic Exeter Fire Appeal has been set up by the Devon Community Foundation in partnership with Exeter City Council and Exeter CVS. A fundraising gig was held at the Exeter phoenix on Tuesday and ways to donate and help people affected by the fire can be found here http://bit.ly/rchappeal
'Graceful Until the End'
In the aftermath of the devastating fire that crippled the Royal Clarence Hotel, one of the evening's support acts, 16yr old Sadie Horler has written a heartfelt tribute song that is equally as beautiful as the hotel itself. Sadie used to busk outside and face the hotel so the events of late October are really close to home for Miss Horler. Sadie may only be 16, but she is wise beyond her years and writes with a maturity way in advance of her teenage years.
'Graceful Until the End' is a truly stunning and fitting tribute to such a beautiful building and I must admit shedding a few tears when I watch this. Not only because of the sad events of October, but also that fact that these highly intelligent and mature lyrics are written by someone of such a tender age - truly beautiful.
Local Young Supports Acts
Hannah & Abbe are always very encouraging of up and coming talent and the support acts are exactly that and are artists to watch out for in the future. Hannah & Abbe also run a vocal coaching and mentor business, Vocal Arts, and have brought on some incredible artists, some of which were on show tonight.
Run, Run, Run For Your Lives
Sound of the Sirens are incredibly supportive of local charities and a particular cause close to their hearts is the St Petroc's homeless charity based in the city. The Sirens also aim to raise awareness for #itaffectsme; a campaign to get people talking openly & Mental health to be part of the National Curriculum. A high percentage of homelessness is a result of a lack of support and understanding of mental health issues and so the combination of these two very worthy campaigns has inspired them to Run, Run, Run for their lives!!
On 22nd Jan 2017, the girls are running a half marathon and are raising support this incredible charity that works in their home city. Find out more and how to show your support here http://bit.ly/sirensrun
New Material & Album
The Sirens have been working on new material and have a new album heading our way. The album is set for release in May and the new songs showcased at the cathedral certainly wetted the appetite for this eagerly awaited album.