The Blackheart Orchestra
Described by Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
After 10 years of concert touring across the world, four acclaimed albums, appearances on Good Morning TV, Radio 2 and awards ranging from winning Best British Duo in the Exposure Music Awards to #4 Best New Band of 2018 in PROG magazine’s readers’ poll and then being nominated for The Limelight Award in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards, the unique Blackheart Orchestra have become one of the must-see bands of 2019.
The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. Fusing acoustic fragility and electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ or ‘laboratory’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.
Nominated for The Limelight Award
2018 Progressive Music Awards
Voted ‘Best British Duo’ Exposure Music Awards
Voted #4 Best New Band of 2018
PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” Rock Society Magazine
“The band’s fresh new sound is delicate and fragrant” PROG Magazine
“Listening to Mostyn’s voice for the first time is a breathtaking experience” After Dark
“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces” Fatea Magazine
“Everything else almost seems boring in comparison” Rear View Mirror (Australia)
“These are the musicians that the creative musicians listen to” Scene & Heard
“A mesmerizing powerhouse – Mostyn’s vocals are a force to be reckoned with” XUNE MAG
“Expect the unexpected, a refreshing lack of boundaries” Louder Than War
“Liberating and unconventional – an avant-garde musical utopia with an impeccable vocal capability sending you weak at the knees” No Depression
“Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” Steve Hackett, Genesis
“A special and singular voice” Highclouds
“Smouldering and brooding, a mesmerizing performance” Louder Than War
“Cinematic yet intimate, from intense and soaring to dreamy and tranquil…exquisite”
“They remind us why music lifts us up” Dalton Delan, American Public Broadcasting (USA)
“From heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song” Western Star (Australia)
“Absolute brilliance” A Journal of Musical Things (Canada)
“An ethereal musical landscape, an enchanting masterpiece” Purple Revolver (UK)
“A great band” BBC Radio 2
Co- headliner Tiger Moth Tales is the brainchild of Nottinghamshire based musician and writer Peter Jones. Apart from his own projects, Jones has been the keyboard player with prog legends Camel since 2016, as well as joining the Francis Dunnery band on the last two It Bites show tours.
He has been involved in the music industry performing around the UK and recording his own material since the late 90s.
He made his first real venture in to progressive rock in 2013, in an attempt to make a new start and to break away from his previous projects.
The resulting album was Cocoon, which was released the following year to great reviews from critics and prog fans alike.
Cocoon is a concept album on the subject of Childhood, and coming to terms with the loss of childhood. The journey goes through stages of Innocence, joy, imagination, stories, friendship, love, nature, nostalgia, grief, acceptance and rebirth.
Since the success of Cocoon, Jones has released three more albums under the Tiger Moth Tales band name. He has performed many shows with the Tiger Moth Tales band, including sets at festivals such as Prog Dreams in the Netherlands, the UK’s Summer’s End, and Progstock in the US.
Pete also performs his music in a solo acoustic setting, accompanying his voice with piano and guitar. At these gigs, the music is perhaps a more reflective and intimate experience. As well as performing from the Tiger Moth Tales back catalogue, Pete will share the occasional story and include music from his other prog projects, with maybe a Genesis tune thrown in.
Join Pete Jones for an evening of prog, melodies and stories.