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Marina Florance / Press

“Why Marina Florance is not a house hold name I will never know! But time will tell and the way she keeps winning awards and playing on radio shows up and down the country, I hope that time will be very soon. I had such a good night the night Marina came on my show (for the second time) and her company, like her music, is honest down to earth and a pure joy to be around. I look forward to Marina recording another album and hope the next one is just her and her guitar as that is what she does best ”

“Bob’s Folk Show – The Live Sessions #10 by Alex on 22 November, 2012 in Special Broadcasts I look forward to this point every week to hear who is next appearing on Bob’s Folk Show – The Live Sessions, and this week Bob pulls out his trump card in the form of Marina Florence (pictured above with Bob). I saw her perform at the London Folk and Roots Festival that Bob put on…she’s incredible, the video below is from the festival!”

"The Marina Florance Band were up next and even though she was (marginally) the elder stateswoman of the evening she won the crowd over with her likeable charm and traditional songs tipping a nod to Feis player Nanci Grffiths along the way and standout track and folk anthem "The Tale Of Marcy Borders"

“Marina can turn her voice from an almost deep south growl to torch singer, flooding a song with a real sense of personality as though each song has a voice of it's own rather than just chord structure and words, it adds a dynamic to the overall performance and gives the band a wider comfort zone than that lead by a singer without the same vocal dexterity. The result is a set that has a wider range of song and styles, but still feels like a set, rather than jut a collection of songs. You got the feeling that this was a band that could have gone on all night and it would still feel good, maybe in a southern honkytonk surrounded by chicken wire and covered in beer, rather than a folk club, but you get the gist. ”

“Met up with a friend where Marina and her band were playing. I was not expecting what I heard. I was blown away by her fabulous voice. The lyrics are compelling listening and the songs are a good variety of styles. 'Nothing prepared me for you' should be on the A play list of every radio station in the world! In short I came home got on here and bought the album. I am now off to chill out with my iPod and Marina.”

“The album successfully blends the sounds "Nothing Could Have Prepared Me For You","500 Questions"and funky rhythm of "Friday Night" into a satisfying collection of songs.Marina is a remarkably promising artist,taken by itself each song shimmers just like its own special gem, and lingers long in the memory,her voice sparkles like a fine diamond ,"Parallel Lines" amazing. ' A hidden gem waiting for the light ' ~Raymie~ ”

“It is very difficult for an artist to take the energy and strength of a live performance and transfer it to record, but that is exactly what Marina Florance has done here. The heartfelt songs are written with a real knack that avoids them being heavy going and hard to listen to. Substantial and radio friendly at the same time.”

“The much anticipated debut from Marina Florance. Her voice is hauntingly evocative. The songs grab you from the first note on the album. This is probably one of the finest releases this year by one of the best new artists in the country.”

“When you listen to Marina's unforgettable voice, you'll wonder why she isn't a huge star. Well, it takes a while to get noticed - but this debut album is a fine showcase of Marina's talent, with a diverse selection of beautiful original songs written by Mick Kennedy, Julie Fox Allen and Marina herself. Her music crosses into several genres - rock, pop, country, folk - and appeals to all sorts of musical tastes. On her myspace site, in the "sounds like ..." box, she's put "depends on who is listening!" i hear echoes of stevie nicks, but really marina is uniquely herself. So buy the CD - but don't keep the secret!”

"Migration" is a live album recorded at the High Barn in Essex.If Marina and band were based in the US, I'm sure that this album would have been recorded at The Ryman in front of a packed audience. Nanci Griffith gets name checked in one of Marina's songs, it's a good starting reference. There's a story telling element to the songs on the album. Short cross sections on people's lives, often the songs pay homage to the human spirit. It’s a very uplifting album to listen to, one that makes you feel warm inside as you feel the belief of the singer in the words. There are parts of the album that remind me of when Dolly Parton returned to her bluegrass roots. It's not just the quality of the vocal it's the subject matter and arrangements, the way the songs are infused with a sense of hope. A migration is a journey, a person or people heading off for pastures new, a search for something different from the place where you are. This album takes you off on those journeys.

“This beautiful album from Marina Florance is completely satisfying. 13 songs and one tune long, Marina's voice and songwriting is the golden source of Somewhere Down the Line. If you like sonorous singing, great songwriting and excellent production, this is an album for you. Gentle and peaceful in its entirety, it is a CD where repetitive playing only adds to its satisfaction. Somewhere Down the Line was produced with complete mastery at High Barn Recording Studios, who championed Marina under the Arts Council Escalator project. There's no doubt the production makes this album something special ”