Abi Orfila -Vocals, backing vocals, piano.
Louise Orfila - Vocals, backing vocals, piano, guitar, tambourine.
Matt Orfila - Guitar, Vocals, backing vocals, harmonica, Banjo, Ukulele.
"The most stunning angelic harmonies I have heard in a long while...an amazing band I could never tire of seeing live!"
GIGgle Pics Kent Gig Reviews.
ORFILA are an acoustic folk/pop trio consisting of siblings Abi, Louise and Matt Orfila from Folkestone in Kent. They are all accomplished musicians and songwriters in their own right.
They first performed together as a band in mid-2012 when they supported BBC Radio 2 playlist singer/songwriter Ben Montague. Originally intended to be a one off show their set of originals and covers was warmly received and even earned an encore. Later in the year they supported UK rock band Dodgy, Canadian folk artist Andrew James O'Brien and Irish folk legend Sharon Shannon as well as performing at various charity events and open mic nights across Kent.
2013 saw the band support some major artists such as Beverly Craven and the legendary Albert Hammond. They headlined the Imperial Sounds re-launch show and earned positive reviews and played two Kent festivals in the summer; the Brightlights Festival in Maidstone and the Quiet Riot Festival in Ashford. They went on to play their first London gig in aid of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, a charity set up to help young people.
They now play all over London and the South East of England, with further gig bookings coming in after every performance, filling up the diary with gigs most weekends and on many occasions having up to three gigs a day! They have regularly appeared in local news papers and have been featured several times on BBC Radio Kent. Their music is being played frequently on local and national radio stations including the BBC who have shown keen interest and support.
ORFILA’s music ranges from popular covers written by groups such as Mumford and Sons, The Beatles, and Albert Hammond, to their own unique original compositions. They have their own distinctive sound with superb three part harmonies with a Folk/Country/Pop feel. They are regularly described as similar to The Corrs with a flavour of Fleetwood Mac. Their performances are upbeat and fun and appeal to a range of audiences.
They have all worked with some major artists including The Wanted, Alexandra Burke, Eliza Doolittle, Stacy Solomon, Chas Hodges (from Chas and Dave), Ben Montague, Alvin Stardust, Dodgy, Jon Allen, Sharon Shannon, Cover Drive, 911, Showaddywaddy, Beverley Craven, Liam Genockey (Steeleye Span), and Albert Hammond.
In April 2013 Seasick Steve’s tour manager saw the band support Albert Hammond and was so impressed that he invited the trio to record their debut album at his midlands based Studio. The ‘Highbury Studios’ is famous for producing hit albums from artist such as Duran Duran, UB40, Fine Young Cannibals, Steven Tin Tin Duffy, Everything But The Girl and Kodaline to name but a few.
The band’s popularity is increasing and with a recently released debut album the group has had a busy year. The highlight so far has been to perform on the main stage at one of Europe’s major summer events; The Gibraltar Music Festival, where they played alongside acts such as; The Script, Rita Ora, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), John Newman, James Arthur, Maxi Priest, Scouting For Girls, Reef, Ella Eyre and Newton Faulkner.
ORFILA'S album "Writing On The Wall" came about following the group performing as a support act for the world famous singer/songwriter Albert Hammond. Albert’s Tour manager (who also manages Seasick Steve) watched the performance and was so impressed that he invited the band to use his Birmingham based studios to record material.
The ‘Highbury Studio’ is famous for producing hit albums from artist such as Duran Duran, UB40, Fine Young Cannibals, Steven Tin Tin Duffy, Everything but the Girl and Kodaline. At the time the group had only just started to develop their song writing. With encouragement from Albert the group set about writing and soon had enough material for an album. After several visits to the Birmingham studio the album began to take shape and a distinctive sound was developing.
As the group continued to gig around the South of England there was a chance meeting with Liam Genockey the accomplished drummer from the group Steeleye Span. Liam loved the sound being produced by the band and offered to lay down the drum tracks to the songs. This enhanced the country/folk vibe the group were looking to produce. Liam brought in Colin Gibson an accomplished bass player who had worked and written for Mark Almond, Lindisfarne and worked on an album for Shirley Bassey amongst other projects.
Colin’s contribution added the finishing touches along with friend of the band Jamie Crompton, who has played as a guitarist with Suzi Quatro and drummer with the rock band Wishbone Ash. The final recording sessions moved to the Annexe Studios based in the band’s home town of Folkestone. With Matt’s acoustic guitar, banjo and harmonica, vocals from Louise and Abi and perfect three part harmonies the album is now complete. The result is a great sounding album with stories about love and life. It is eagerly awaited by followers, supporters and several radio stations including the BBC.
“Those Kids are great”
Albert Hammond, Musician OBE, Singer Songwriter, Member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Beverley Craven, Musician, Singer Songwriter
“Great songs, awesome voices - a group to watch out for”.
Jamie Crompton, Musician (Suzi Quatro Band and Wishbone Ash), Guitarist Magazine columnist
“Fantastic voices and brilliant songwriters”
Adam Dowling, BBC Radio Kent Presenter
“Awesome, absolutely awesome”
Dave Cash, BBC Radio and former TV (Top of the Pops) Presenter
“Very Professional and extremely talented”
Richard Digance Singer Songwriter/Comedian and BBC Radio Devon Presenter
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