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Mishaped Pearls take their name from misshapen pearl, a literal translation of the Portuguese word Barocco or French word Baroque.
The band was formed in late 2009 as a result of a collaboration between songwriter and musician Ged Flood and mezzo soprano Manuela Schuette. 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 the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Germany and even Ancient China. They are joined by several versatile musicians: Andrew on keys, Calie on hand drums and percussion, Tom on banjo, saz, mandolin and guitar, Massimo on bass and Laurel on fiddle/violin.
In 2010 as well as releasing their first album - The Singer and The Poets', they played at The Southbank, Union Chapel and a number of festivals in the UK. Mishaped Pearls also toured France to great reviews in the regional press and were invited back to perform again in 2011 and 2012.
2011 saw the release of a second 'mini' album - Le Puy en Velay, which takes it's title from the stunningly beautiful town of the same name in the Auvergne region of France.
The album is slightly folkier and more upbeat but also features the dreamy cover version of the beautiful Neil Young song - Sugar Mountain.
Following the release the band played more festivals in the UK during the Spring/Summer season and also journeyed back to The Auvergne to play a sell out concert to a very enthusiastic French audience....Vive La France!!
2012/13 saw them playing more festivals in the UK and the anual return to the Auvergne, this time playing more concerts, the last in one of the oldest churches in France in the beautiful town of St Nectaire.
The band released their third album 'Thamesis' in May 2014. The album has been mixed and produced by acclaimed producer and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Diver (Lisa Knapp, Sam Lee, Speech Project, Christy Moore, O'Hooley & Tidow), drawing from folk and classical infuences and includes reworked and self penned songs. Thamesis has been extremely well received in the press (see Reviews page) and has already become a favourite album by many top djs at the BBC and numerous online radio stations worldwide.
Listen to our song Jimmy, taken from our new album Thamesis, on the latest June edition of the podcast from FolkCast - Folk, Folk Rock, Singer Songwriter and Roots based music.
'Six Dukes' is trending on Folk Radio Uk's Soundcloud page - over 15,000 plays!!
Neil MacFadyen at Folk Radio UK intereviewed Manu and Ged recently about the making of Thamesis and things related.
You can read it here -