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"On my way home from their show I realized..."

"...A Five O'Clock Belles show not only includes songs from the rich
American folk and vocal traditions. Their performance doesn't just
offer a sample of various singing styles from other, varied, often
overlooked, countries of the world. The Belles sing ballads,
contemporary works, and their own songs, incorporating and applying a
wealth of vocal techniques to recast, recreate, and renew, the
cultural treasures that spring from the human voice."

-Chris Zappala, WVEW DJ
www.wvew.org - WVEW, 107.7 FM


Discography

The Five O' Clock Belles' new release, Garden Party, is coming out later this year. The record features more than 20 tracks of original works and vocal music from around the world.

In 2002, The Five O' Clock Belles released their self-titled debut album. The eleven-song disc is comprised of original compositions, as well as arrangements of traditional and contemporary American folk and pop songs.

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The Five O' Clock Belles features five female vocalists, directed by leading member and indie rock artist, Julia J. Slone (www.JuliaMusic.com). Slone founded The Belles in 2000, while a student at Marlboro College in Vermont. The ensemble grew out of The Marlboro College Women’s Chorus, which Slone created as a part of her senior thesis.

Over the past decade, The Belles have absorbed the powerful harmonic sensibilities of vocal traditions from around the world, and integrated the sounds that most inspired them into their contemporary American arrangements and original songs.

The group sings traditional vocal music from Quebec, New England, the UK, Corsica, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Jewish diaspora, as well as original works, and daring arrangements of contemporary American folk, rock, pop, and soul songs.

In 2002 The Five O’ Clock Belles released their self-titled debut album. Their brand new record, Garden Party, is due for release later this year.

In 2003, Slone spent time in the Republic of Georgia, studying the ancient polyphony of the region. The Belles continue to explore the songs that Slone brought back with her, and several Georgian songs will be featured on the Garden Party record.

The Belles have given concerts all around New England, at such venues as Sandglass Theater, The Marlboro Fair, Rhythm & Bean, The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, The Ballroom, The Academy at Charlemont, The Guilford Church, Hot Chocolate Sparrow, Twilight on the Tavern Lawn, Latchis 4, and more. They have performed in New York at the Green Meadow Music Festival, and in China on a collaborative performance tour. They have done shows for schools, fairs, at clubs and cafes. The vivacious sound and style of The Five O' Clock Belles appeals to audiences of all ages.