WAVE MACHINE is the debut album from Kelly Bayfield and follows on from the release of two singles, VapourTrailsand John Mahoney. The songs gathered on this album arrived at some of the most significant points of her life, beginning with the birth of her children and ending with the death of someone incredibly dear to her, her family, and many others. The subsequent recording process was particularly poignant; each song, once complete, becoming a healing waymarker – a collaboratively lit beacon of warm light in the dark and uncertain landscape of grief and a global pandemic.
The overarching theme that continues to emerge is that of transformation. So personal are these songs, that Kelly had been reluctant to release them into the world. But they are restless now, ready to find new homes, and ready to make way for a new tide, and all the music, joy, and love that it will bring.
Since completing this album , Kelly learnt of the sad passing of her dear friend Paul Sartinand wrote the following . “ Having previously performed on one of David Booth’s songs, Paul spent a day with us in Suffolk recording, adding his talents to four of the tracks on this album. He then gigged with us whenever he could, most recently at the FolkEast Festival in August 2022. Throughout lockdown, we became good friends and he was an incredible support, both with the music, and with my own navigation through grief. Speaking of the pain, he said “ For me, the best way to deal with that is through music. Everyone hurts. So we have to share that and look after each other.” He was particularly fond of ‘Travelling’, calling it his lockdown track, so am dedicating it to him. I will forever be i ndebted to Paul for his astonishing contributions, but most of all for his empathy, kindness and encouragement. My thoughts continue to be with his family”
To create Wave Machine, Kelly joined forces with David Edward Booth , who co – wrote, produced, and recorded it throughout lockdown at his studio near Framlingham in Suffolk ; he is also an established singer – songwriter and multi – instrumentalist in his own right. The album also sees the appearance of guest musicians, including the late Paul Sartin, Phil Beer, Beth Porter & Ben Please ,Toby Shaer, Nick Zala – Webb, Ruth Wall and Scott Neubert (Nashville) alongside collaborations with artists in Sweden, where the album was mastered by Joe Vegna.
Kelly Bayfield brings a perfect blend of classic Laurel Canyon singer – songwriter and folk singing traditions from both sides of the Atlantic. Her pure voice is unmistakably English, but finds itself equally at home with Americana, jazz, pop or country.
Classically trained in voice and piano as a youngster, Kelly was taking lead roles in full -scale operas and choral works by the age of fourteen , which led to her studying music at Wells Cathedral School. It was a love of traditional and popular music that later drew her down a different musical path, yet all these influences provide inspiration and come together effortlessly in her music.
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