Mishaped Pearls
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Mishaped Pearls

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF

London, England, United Kingdom | SELF
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"Mishaped Pearls new video: Simon Simon"

We here at TOW towers have long been fans of Mishaped Pearls. Ged Flood and Manuella Schuette are the musical couple at it's core flanked by, frankly, a mind blowing line up of carefully chosen folk musicians.
- The Other Woman, London, England


"De la poesie, du lyrisme et du rythme!"

Please go to the press page on our website via the link below. - La Montagne, France


"I.M.A. Awards - Acoustic Song Nominee"

February 16th, 2011 - London, England based Mishaped Pearls joing Ra Ra Riot, Melissa Auf der Maur, Flying Lotus, Hemoptysis, Darrell Scott, Jackson Browne and David Lindley and other self released and independent label talent as Nominees for the 10th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) the influential awards program for independent fans and bands. - Independent Music Awards


"Kelli Ali Interview"

I have been fortunate to witness the birth of this fantastic band and their album ‘The Singer and the Poets’ is one of my favorite albums of all time. Their live shows are mesmerizing and I am delighted to share their music with you.

I caught up with Ged and Manuela for this interview for Spiral Earth recently.
- Spiral Earth


"Mishaped Pearls new song and video"

At a time when virtually every band describes themselves as 'unique' it is really refreshing to find one that truly is, Mishaped pearls are that band. Everything from their mix of classical, folk and pop melodies to the stunning vocal (and linguistic) abilities of singer Manuela Schuette screams originality. They have been around since 2009 and slowly the world is waking up to them, Tom Robinson reckoned they were one of the best acts featured on his BBC Radio 6 programme. - Spiral Earth


"God Didn't Rest On The 7th Day He Made Mishaped Pearls"

God didn’t rest on the seventh day; he made Mishaped Pearls. With endorsements by the likes of Tom Robinson and Damon Albarn, you'd automatically expect something quite sensational from the first spin of The Singer & The Poets. What you won't expect, however, are for those expectations to be surpassed.
Mishaped Pearls are a London-based classical-acoustic duo consisting of Ged Flood on instrumentation and Manuela Schuette on 'vocals'. 'Vocals' is here used to mean ethereal soundings so pure you cannot help but float away to the highest
point of beauty. God didn't rest on the seventh day...he made Mishaped Pearls. Mishaped Pearls - L'aimee de Sappho Schuette adds a unique quality to the duo by singing (it's such a bland word for something so beautiful) in Latin, Italian and French and as such brings a timeless sound to the record that you wouldn't have been surprised for King Louis XIV to have been a fan. There's
something in her voice which touches you, as subtle and yet discernible as the first snowflake of winter, but which holds a power that you just cannot explain. Being classically trained, it's pleasant how folk-sounding her voice seems sometimes - it's as if Cat Power had
operatic training...but so much more.
Lurking subtly in the background are the string-plucks of Flood, flitting into silver-gossamer
melodies upholding the vocals beautifully and skilfully and progressing the record as a
breeze does a mist in a Cotswold hollow. A single listen to Le Reveur or L'aimee de Sappho subtly belie a musical ability that speaks for itself. Coupled with this is an ear for exotic instruments such as a Turkish Oud, a Chinese Pond Zither and Afghan Rabab which create a
unique, subtly sensational sound.
There are so many literary techniques to be employed to describe music, and most of the
time this suffices. But, with Mishaped Pearls this won't do: there will always be something
lacking in a description of their work. After alot of thought and musing on this, I know what
this music has which you cannot describe: it's magic.
- www.moonandbackmusic.com


Discography

Le Puy en Velay (2010) available online at Badcamp

The Singer and The Poets (2009) available on - itunes, 7Digital, Amazon

Have ongoing radio airplay in the UK on BBC6 Music, Resonance FM and Amazing Radio

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Bio

Mishaped Pearls invite you into a world of their own…

The brainchild of guitarist and songwriter Ged and classically-trained mezzo soprano Manuela, Mishaped Pearls’ sound is a unique blend of classical, pop, folk and world music, inspired by the colourful world of the Baroque, from where the group takes its name – ‘misshapen pearl’ is a literal translation of the word Baroque.

As well as being the silky voice of the group, Manuela draws on her love of ancient poetry by researching and providing many of the lyrics to the songs, which cross many countries, visiting France, Spain, Italy and even Ancient China.

They are joined by four other musicians: Andrew Sleightholme on keys, Sean Harrington on mandolin and guitar, Clare Williams on bass, Calie Hough on hand drums and percussion and Naomi Burgoyne on cello.

Together, their collaboration has already proved successful – BBC 6 Music picked up the song Benedizione and, together with their debut album The Singer and The Poets managed to wow Tom Robinson so much that he invited them on the spot to appear at a BBC 6 Music festival at the Riverside Studios in London celebrating the best acts of 2009. In the same year they were nominated for an MP3 Award and came second in the classical/acoustic category.

2010 saw Mishaped Pearls playing many festivals in The UK and a mini tour of The Auvergne in France where they had a five minute standing ovation playing to a sell out crowd. In November they played at The Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre in London and sold out of cds within minutes of coming off stage.

Mishaped Pearls are a must see live band!