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Heather Findlay

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Originally known for her lead vocalist role in Mostly Autumn from 1997 to 2010, Heather Findlay is also one half of Odin Dragonfly and personified the emotion ‘love’ on Ayreon’s Human Equation album.

Heather left Mostly Autumn in 2010 to embark upon a solo career. In her official statement on the Mostly Autumn website, she announced that she was working on what will be a full band project. In a blog posting in June she stated that because of the diversity of material she was working on, the project would take the form of a series of EPs, most likely with different musicians, rather than try to shoehorn everything onto one album.

The first of these solo release is a 5 track EP titled “The Phoenix Suite”, produced by Chris Johnson, and featuring guitarist Dave Kilminster, best known for his work with Roger Waters, bassist Steve Vantsis, best known for his work with Fish, and Alex Cromarty on drums. Previously described it as “dark, quirky, bohemian, rocky and very vibey”, it had a retail release date of 25th April 2011, although pre-orders from her own website shipped before that date. Pre-orders for a limited edition of 100 copies with CD sleeves made from portions of Heather’s original painting for CD artwork sold out in minutes.

Heather has also been working on a number of collaborations including a song on Mostly Autumn’s Liam Davison’s solo album A Treasure Of Well-Set Jewels.

Heather has returned to the live circuit in 2011, mostly playing as a acoustic duo with Chris Johnson, including a very successful tour supporting Touchstone. She made her début with a full five-piece electric band that featured on The Phoenix Suite at the Cambridge Rock Festival in 2011. A five-date full band tour is scheduled for November 2011

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  • TrebuchetUK

    'Unplugged albums of this nature, much like live albums, can be a bit hit and miss. But when several songs end up improving on the originals, this album definitely qualifies as one of the hits.' Review of SOngs from the Old Kitchen: www.trebuchet-magazine.com/the-heather-findlay-band-songs-from-the-old-kitchen

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DigitalMan2

    Excellent. Very different stylistically and vocally from both Mostly Autumn and Odin Dragonfly. To Bookman1974 it needs more than one listen to appreciate it! I only took to songs 1 and 3 initially but after several listens became hooked on all of them.

    16 May 2011 Reply
  • Bookman1974

    Hmm - came to 'The Phoenix Suite' from Heather's swansong on Mostly Autumn's 'That Night in Leamington', and at first listen 'The Phoenix Suite' is mostly rather pedestrian by comparison.

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • samlewis45

    I'm really enjoying 'The Phoenix Suite', didn't know what to expect really but I'm impressed :)

    10 Apr 2011 Reply