Belle Miners - Powerful Owl - Now Available
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Belle Miners - Powerful Owl
Debut Album out NOW via MGM Distribution

Canadian/Australian trio Belle Miners release their debut album Powerful Owl on 3 November. The album was made while travelling and performing in Australia, and produced by JUNO award-winner Joby Baker at Baker Studios in British Columbia, Canada.

Life-long friends, Canadian musicians Felicia Harding and Marina Avros and Australian-based Jaime Jackett, combine exquisite harmonies and relatable stories into a 10-track upbeat sonic journey covering themes from love and loss to overcoming life-threatening illness.

'25 Years' is a beautiful ode to the strength of enduring relationships, and first single 'Fall In Love With Me' is a romantic tale of same-sex love. "It was completely by chance that the government of Australia happened to be going to the polls the very week we were planning to release our single," says Jaime. "And with the marriage equality plebiscite up and coming in Australia, we wanted to show our support for our band mate, Marina, and the LGBTQI community in Australia, and the world, by offering up our pending release for equality... it is focused on love, personal challenge and death. It's sort of the collective life story of the band, if you will."

They don't shy away from darker tales of personal hardship either, tracks 'Strange World' and 'Night Flight' are inspired by Jaime's brush with cancer. "Last year, I had a brain stem tumour removed that had been considered inoperable and benign for 11 years. After a series of events, it was my family's discovery of Dr. Charlie Teo that saw me having the 'inoperable' removed. As it turned out, it had become a cancer. I believe he saved my life. The band has helped get me through this insane period of my life... we stubbornly toured in February, despite the challenge, and followed that by recording 'Powerful Owl' after the tour... Needless to say, that experience was a huge influence on songs that I penned. Lyrics come in many ways - fully formed, smooshy syllables, painfully pulled from the ether, or magically drifting into your head. Scribbled on paper, recorded on phones, or repeated by rote so their remembered for later when a pen or phone is handy! Our muses and geniuses take many forms!"

The trio formed in Australia in 2015 and have since performed nationally, including their famed Tasmanian Caves concert, performed 100 meters underground. The band’s sunlit sound has been cultured from the love and support they’ve received from audiences down under.

With dense vocal harmonies, clever lyrics and a liberating, joyous sound, Powerful Owl has been described as “an experience, with each song extracting an emotional response... Belle Miners have a shimmering sound, and their first album takes this along with personal stories to create an awe-inspiring set of ten tracks... Powerful Owl is well worth a listen, or ten, and Belle Miners are a trio with a future career well worth following.” (4 stars, Forte Magazine).

Belle Miners will tour Australia in January 2018, taking in venues across New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia and a string of shows in Victoria, with further dates soon to be announced.

Australian 2018 Tour Dates:

  • Wed 3 Jan - Rocka House Stage, Merimbula Magic Mountain NSW
  • Thu 4 Jan - Berry School of Arts, Berry NSW
  • Fri 5 Jan - Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW
  • Thu 11 Jan - Elephant Bar, Broome Convention Centre, Broome WA
  • Tue 16 Jan - Parks Tasmania, Hastings Caves, nr Geeveston TAS
  • Wed 17 Jan - Frank's Cider Bar, Franklin TAS
  • Fri 19 Jan - Printers Room, Sebastiaans, Ballarat VIC
  • Sat 20 Jan - Upwey Skylark Room, Burrinja VIC
  • Sun 21 Jan - Toff in Town, Melbourne VIC

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Album Premiere on THEMUSIC.com.au - listen FOR FREE

Canadian-Australian folk-pop trio Belle Miners release their debut album, Powerful Owl, this week, and The Music is stoked to be premiering the sublime collection of songs today.

Comprised of Canadian musicians and long-time friends Felicia Harding and Marina Avros and Aussie singer-songwriter Jaime Jackett, Belle Miners trade in effortlessly euphonious soundscapes, drawing in their listeners with lush, soaring harmonies, strong, powerful melodies and personable lyrics set against deftly executed, acoustic-driven instrumentation.

The thematically wide-ranging release is sure to touch at least a few cornerstones for anyone who comes across it, traversing love, loss and even life-threatening illness with a bounce in their step and innate, warm hopefulness that imbues the album with an undeniably endearing quality.

Although widely relatable, the songs also possess a personal quality; first single Fall In Love With Me, for example, is a gorgeous reflection on same-sex love that, given our current climate, is particularly timely: "It was completely by chance that the government of Australia happened to be going to the polls the very week we were planning to release our single," Jackett said in a statement.

"And with the marriage equality plebiscite up and coming in Australia, we wanted to show our support for our bandmate, Marina, and the LGBTQI community in Australia, and the world, by offering up our pending release for equality ... it is focused on love, personal challenge and death. It's sort of the collective life story of the band, if you will."

In Strange World and Night Flight, the band took inspiration from Jackett's recent brush with cancer, which saw her have a brain stem tumour — which had been written off as inoperable and benign for more than a decade — removed last year.

"After a series of events, it was my family's discovery of Dr. Charlie Teo that saw me having the 'inoperable' removed," she said. "As it turned out, it had become a cancer. I believe he saved my life.

"The band has helped get me through this insane period of my life... we stubbornly toured in February, despite the challenge, and followed that by recording Powerful Owl after the tour... Needless to say, that experience was a huge influence on songs that I penned. Lyrics come in many ways — fully formed, smooshy syllables, painfully pulled from the ether, or magically drifting into your head. Scribbled on paper, recorded on phones, or repeated by rote so their remembered for later when a pen or phone is handy! Our muses and geniuses take many forms!"

Belle Miners will be taking their splendid album on the road throughout January on an extensive tour presented by The Music. They'll get under way on Wednesday 3 January in Merimbula, and roll through to Berry, Bulli, Fremantle, Broome, Geeveston, Franklin, Ballarat, Burrinja, Melbourne, Nagambie and Chiltern throughout the month.

Tickets are available now, and you can suss the full spread of dates and details over at theGuide.

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Canadian/Australian trio Belle Miners celebrate love and equality in new single 'Fall in Love with Me'
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'Fall in Love with Me'
Single Out Friday 15 September via MGM Distribution

With dense vocal harmonies, clever lyrics and a liberating, joyous sound, Canadian/Australian trio Belle Miners celebrate love and equality in 'Fall in Love with Me', the lead single from their forthcoming debut album Powerful Owl. The song is the true story of a poet who travelled four days to express her love to guitarist and vocalist Marina Avros.

Amidst the intense local debate on marriage equality in Australia, Marina says "It’s really interesting to see the positive role music has in the debate on same sex marriage. We meet lots of people on tour who love the song and it doesn’t matter who they are. They just say how great it is, to have someone express themselves as gay and to sing about it. That means a lot to me”.

“But the love people express”, says Marina, “is universal and that’s what the band is for. We formed the year Jaime got married and Felicia is about to. Why shouldn’t we all be able to? No-one should be afraid to be in love, in the same way you shouldn’t be afraid to have your heart broken. Everyone is the same in that sense”.

'Fall in Love with Me' was the first song Belle Miners sang together and was the seed for everything they've done since.

Life-long friends, Belle Miners are Canadian musicians Felicia Harding and Marina Avros, and Australian-based Jaime Jackett. The trio formed in Australia in 2015 and have performed three national tours since. Their name was inspired by the rhythmical intonation of Bell Miners in the Australian bush, following a night of stealth camping near Mullumbimby when "the otherworldly sound of these vagabond birds, like hundreds of bells, filled the air" says Felicia.

The band’s sunlit sound has been cultured from the love and support they’ve received from audiences down under, matched with with exquisite production on the debut album courtesy of Baker Studios in British Columbia.

Powerful Owl will be released on Friday 3 November 2017 via MGM Distribution.
Belle Miners will tour across Australia in January 2018 - tour dates yet to be announced.

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