Kelsey writes songs which capture places or moments in time, appealing to a collective understanding of the importance small things have in shaping our lives. Life in the awe-inspiring landscape of west Cornwall is the focus of "Penzance Lullaby" her latest project, for which she has written songs to take you straight to that thrilling effect on the senses of a dip in the ocean or wild weather walk .
Taking inspiration from Carole King and Laura Nyro she has committed herself to the art of playing songwriter's piano and formed a Cornish trio with Greg Dyer on drums and Ben Kypreos on acoustic and fretless bass, creating a strong beating heart for her music. A music which embraces classic pop, jazz harmony and ambient song landscapes allowing her to let fly with her vocals. "Penzance Lullaby" will bring guest singers into the mix adding vocal harmony.
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Kelsey has been writing songs and making her own very individual music for thirty years. As a physical theatre performer in the international world of experimental theatre in the 80's and 90's, she became known for exhilarating and dynamic vocals. In 1997 she launched her band Minnow onto the London alternative music scene to critical acclaim, find reviews here.
With the powerhouse rhythm section of Mark Sanders (drums), Dean Brodrick (piano) and John Edwards (bass) a horn section and Richard Sanderson experimenting with toys and electronics, Minnow compositions expanded the pop song with improvisation and jazz arrangements.
Kelsey has worked with The The, High Llamas, Jocelyn Pook, Simon Fisher Turner, Jeremy Peyton Jones. She has sung contemprary Jazz composition by Liam Noble and Tom Bancroft, and performed and sung with theatre companies: Insomniac Productions, Hoodwink, and Christine Entwisle to name a few. Read reviews
BEN KYPREOS plays acoustic and fretless bass, past projects include: Darrel higham, The Trophy Husbands, Space dog and Buddy Holly musical. Also a guitarist, Ben has been collaborating with Truro based singer-songwriter Hannah Bullock.
mixes world rhythms with hip hop and jazz drumming, responding with great sensitivity to the sound of the bands with which he works. They include Cuban salsa band Kabasa, Brazilian Choro group Radio Rio and Tyn Daga who play re-imagined folk music from across the globe. He also incorporates sampling and sequencing technology. As well as percussion, Greg is a guitarist drawing influence from Flamenco and a range of Latin styles which he weaves into his own compositions.