All across the country everybody’s talking about Ethemia – the ground breaking acoustic duo from Gloucestershire which is made up of Michaela Mott and Berny Poulton.
Having played together solidly for nearly three years they are attracting ever increasing volumes of plaudits and media attention.
Known as “one of the hardest working bands on the circuit” having performed over 800 gigs since their formation and appeared on over 50 radio stations including BBC Introducing and BBC Musicians’ Masterclass, their sound brings Fleetwood Mac and The Beautiful South to mind, but their trademark charismatic on-stage chemistry suggests ‘The Civil Wars’.
Following the release of their debut album, Quirk of Fate rave reviews quickly followed including the BBC and Fatea Magazine.
Recently Gaby Roslin on BBC Radio London, was moved to comment on air: “Fabulous music...that was amazing. It’s quite hypnotic watching you both…you’re fantastic…The entire studio is lost for words, I’m completely overwhelmed. Would you please come back on my show?”
Wherever they perform – in intimate and larger venues across the UK and London (including The Union Chapel and The Natural History Museum London, The Bedford, The Colston Hall, Bristol) and festivals, they always commit real heart to their music. This includes their Special Sofa Sessions especially for those who are unable to leave their own home due to illness or disabilities. Michaela and Berny have performed to cancer patients of all ages in their own homes and in hospitals. This captured the imagination of BBC Radio who recorded their Sofa Session which was featured on BBC Radio 2 as part of ‘Faith in the World Week’. They were invited by ‘Songs for you’ to perform at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital London where Jamie Cullum and Coldplay have also performed.
More Industry Quotes:
“Unbelieveably beautiful, I love your harmonies You cannot get a piece of paper between them… its spine chilling stuff, I love it. There aren’t enough male / female duos out there like you and there needs to be more in the mainstream. That was just beautiful. You have an amazing sync between the two voices and playing aswell, a really lovely sound.”. ~ Stephen Bowman Blake Band ( Winner of 3 Brit Awards)
“Ethemia…absolutely amazing! Incredible! …one of my albums of the year” ~ Paul Moss BBC Introducing
“Quirk of Fate… powerful and thought provoking” ~ Neil King Fatea Magazine.
“In a word… Stunning! Ethemia is more on the level of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush’s tender and piquant duet… It is a timeless album” ~ Green Man Music Promotions
“I listen to your amazing album all the time, I play it to friends who love it too”. ~ Gaby Roslin BBC London
“Keep doing what you are doing” ~ Jimmy Hogarth Grammy Award Winning Producer (Duffy, Paolo Nutini, KT Tunstall, Amy Winehouse)
“Nice” ~ Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net. BBC 6 Music
“Quirk of Fate Album…the ultimate acoustic album of epic and edgy contemporary folk songs”. ~ David Durrant ‘Under The Radar Sessions’ Brooklands Radio