Kindred Spirit Album Launch Concert

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The Kindred Spirit Band, founded by long time Richmond resident, and inspirational, community minded singer / song-writer / guitarist, Elaine Samuels, will be launching what is set to be a ground breaking album, “Elemental”, on Saturday, November 2nd. The concert is being staged in All Hallows Church Hall, Twickenham and will be raising money for one of the Richmond Mayor's chosen charities, “Home Start”.

The Kindred Spirit Band has a completely original take on the Folk Rock / Prog Rock genre, weaving thrilling electric violin and flute with “perceptive and intriguing” song-writing, driving rhythms and "haunting and bewitching" female vocals (from Elaine Samuels and Catherine Dimmock). They are a five-piece band featuring guitar, two classically trained , virtuoso, lead instrument players (Martin Ash, on violin, and Catherine Dimmock, on flute / sax) dynamic drums (from Les Binks, ex Judas Priest, and Aleem Saleh) and bass guitar (from Mike Hislop) and laced with jigs, reels and duelling improvisations.

"These musicians are so talented, their singing is so harmonious, and they truly raise the bar for live music. Playing a mixture of songs they will have your guests hand clapping, foot tapping and dancing the night away. This is no run of the mill covers band, this is an experience, something different, something special. Don’t miss out."
R Grogan, OS Club

The charity, which sales of the album at the launch concert will be raising money for, is "Home-Start". Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers providing expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. They provide compassionate, confidential help and professional support. Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the help of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the whatever ways they need.They also give help to families in groups, holding day trips and Christmas parties and dealing with access local services, for example.

Elaine Samuels, the Kindred Spirit Band founder and driving force, began performing in folk clubs at the age of only 13, getting a mention in the local press after her first spot in public as “one to watch”! She pursued a career in science, thinking that her music was just an interest and not a “proper job”. After gaining a degree in electronic engineering and working as an engineer for almost a decade, only singing, writing and performing in her spare time, she realised that engaging an audience with her original material and not engineering was her true calling! Following the birth of her son in the 90s, she swapped the soldering iron for the guitar and began touring up and down the country, writing and singing her own songs and attracting enough attention to be spotted and featured several times on television and radio.

"Elaine has a voice which can be both hauntingly beautiful & deeply emotional, coupled with a powerful stage presence. Her material ranges from folk through to blues, but it is her rich repertoire of perceptive, intriguing self penned songs combined with her guitar work which sets her apart”.
Rosie Upton, Bath Evening Chronicle

The songs on the new album deal with topics including the apocalypse, miracles, overpopulation, alchemy, escaping daemons and Viking invasion! All of these songs have Elaine's perceptive, skilfull and often intriguing touch! The first song on the album, “No Smoke Without Fire” won a song-writing competition in March. The title track, “The Alchemyst” is being featured on the cover mount CD of the September 2019, issue 102 of the global music magazine, “Prog” and the final, bonus track is a cover of a classic song, which fans have asked them to record, as they have made it their own putting a special slant on it!

Elaine is concerned by environmental issues and many of her songs have environmental themes. Elaine has come to realise that it is very difficult for us to change our modern way of life because we are so entwined with the systems we live within. Given calls for change seem to be going unheeded, she feels that encouraging families to consider having a maximum of two children in future should stop the growing problem of global overpopulation. This action could be taken directly by the people themselves, without the requirement of governmental action. The halt to (and even reduction of) population growth would then help to reduce the impact of the modern, human way of life on the planet. While this would not be the whole answer to saving humanity from itself, it would certainly help. So she set about writing a scientifically persuasive song, called “Don't Have More Than Two”, which features on the new, “Elemental” album and which she hopes will help to influence positive change. Local residents of all ages came together to sing on the choruses, during the recording of this song! The song has also been applauded by the group “Population Matters” https://populationmatters.org, whose patron is Richmond resident and national treasure, Sir David Attenborough, who said,

Slowing population growth is key to saving the planet”

Elaine had struggled with her weight since a child and, in 2007, first started going to WW (Weight Watchers) returning again in 2017. She reached her her goal weight for a second time in 2018 and, encouraged by her coach, trained and became a WW Coach herself, with three local workshops (in Isleworth, East Sheen and Kingston). Influenced by her training, she wrote a sunny, uplifting, 'festival atmosphere' song, encouraging others to take a positive step and make a change to their lives, called “Make A Change”, which also features on the new “Elemental” album.

Elaine inherited her late father's artistic ability and has produced many of her previous album covers. This album artwork is also one of Elaine's creations, complimenting the intriguing album content of alchemy and exploration by presenting a scientific puzzle. Elaine was influenced by the life and work of Dr John Dee, the astrologer and alchemist advisor to Queen Elizabeth 1st. At a London exhibition of his life and work, she saw some of his books, annotated by his own, hand drawn doodles and a 'pointing finger' to highlight important points. Her album puzzle is based around an astrolabe on the CD, which can be used, together with a map to find a hidden message within the lyrics, which are laced with annotations and doodles!

In April 2016, the band were spotted by the wider prog rock world, where they have been embraced, with great reviews of gigs and their most recent album, “Phoenix Rising”, leading to international album distribution and a feature in the January 2017 edition of Prog Magazine.

Folk rock meets classical with a scientific edge”
Rachel Mann, Prog Magazine

The album recording and cover have been finished to a very high standard and is currently being manufactured and about to be born into the world! You can hear clips of all the tracks, see some of the artwork from

http://www.elainesamuels.co.uk/Elemental.htm

Join them and be a part of this historic, new album launch on November 2nd, at All Hallows Church, Twickenham, in the church hall! Also, buy your copy of this stunning, new, “Elemental” album and help Elaine and the Kindred Spirit Band not only raise funds to help young people in Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston Boroughs but also influence the wider world in a positive way...

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