There aren’t many performers who can boast the ability to silence an otherwise noisy crowd within minutes of beginning their set – however, whether solo or with a band, and having performed for over ten years on the UK music circuit, Odette Michell seems set to become one of the leading new voices of her generation with a breathtakingly original style – ‘… a smartly crafted blend of soulful narrative set against a backdrop of haunting folk/pop rhythms’ – RealCity Magazine, Cambridge.
After exchanging the Piano for the Guitar at the tender age of fifteen, Odette began writing and recording her own songs when she was just sixteen years old.
Then after succesfully graduating from Universtity in Nottingham, Odette took off for the beautiful west coast of Canada with little more than a small backpack and a spirit of adventure. With her last remaining $30 she purchased a guitar and a bicycle, and made a new home for herself in Vancouver, where she joined forces with established Canadian band Barbarash, and sung with them at some of the most well known venues across the city of Vancouver.
Odette has also spent time in Rotterdam in Holland, where she lived over the course of one particularly arctic summer, and has since moved between Nottingham, Cambridge and Windsor – whilst more recently settling to live on an old farm in the Hertfordshire countryside.
Odette has played solo as well as with various bands up and down the UK, including playing at the Internatonally acclaimed Cambridge Folk Festival Club stage, and other noted festival venues where she has been fortunate enough to share the bill with such musical legends as Joan Baez, The Stranglers, Bob Dylan, Jools Holland, Dr Feelgood and Eddi Reader amongst many others.
See Odette’s photo gallery and gig dates and sample songs on her website
View these videos on which she performs her own composition Drive and partners Gloria Garcia on The Wildflowers.