Read all about Jelli Records Bashema interviewed by The Spiralling.


Read all about Ria Timkin’s Bristol adventure in Bristol Magazine (page 47)

Bristol 24/7  – Jelli Records Redfest Fundraiser article

Jelli Records and BBC 6 Music Weekend


Heather Peace talks about her upcoming performance at the Bristol Acoustic Festival…/

The Honeyfire talk to Bristol Magazine
Grand launch planned for Bristol Acoustic Festival
Stereo K
The Flux presents an interview with The Honeyfire


Getting to know Bashema

Jelli Records look to build Bristol’s music scene


By The Bristol Post Bristol Post

Bristol music label Jelli Records will be showcasing some of the city’s brightest stars at this weekend’s Harbour Festival. Craig Jones writes for What’s On.The independent management company is an active part of Bristol’s music scene and will have a stage at the event which is running from Friday until Sunday.Steve Parkhouse is one of the directors of Jelli Records which he’s grown after initially starting as a hobby.He said: “We love being part of the Bristol Harbour Festival. We have a great stage area as it has the wonderful backdrop of the harbour.

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The young’uns to play Community Centre Concert


The Honeyfire on the Fringe!

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Bristol Post – The Honeyfire set the records straight


My Bristol, Bashema Hall


MUSIC: meet The Honeyfire who play a Women in Music Concert at Buckland Dinham


MUSIC: The Honeyfire celebrate Women in Music

Meet Your Feet are featured in the Bristol Green Capital Podcast. Talking about the band and their ”Bristol People” single.

The Honefire in ‘Bristol Women’


The Lux presents a Live review of the Honeyfire album launch


Meet Your Feet – “Bristol People” launch at Thekla


You know the feeling don’t you? You turn up at a gig thinking you know all about a band and its music and after about five minutes, the whole of your thinking goes out the window as you see them live for the first time, unrestrained by the restrictions of electronic media.I’m on the good ship Thekla tonight as a guest of Bristol’s premier (and indeed only) all-woman jazz outfit, Meet Your Feet who are launching their new single ‘Bristol People’.

There’s a genuine buzz of expectancy in the ship’s hold as the band takes the stage, or should I say ‘assembles’ – ye gods, there’s a few of them…and we’re off. The sound just bowls you over. It’s a bit lazy to call them a jazz band as there’s rhythms from everywhere – Latin America, Afro-Caribbean, Salsa – you name it, it’s in the mix and in your ears.

The rhythm section is the engine room of music like this, and there’s an interesting makeup of that section. The drums of Sue Hewitt and the bass of Fanny Barratt lay down the solid foundation, and I mean solid, while the congas and various other shaking and hitting devices of Louise Cox add the exotica to the beat. But when you add in Tina Holmes precision rhythm guitar (played on the loveliest Schecter I’ve ever seen) and the melodic underpinning of Heie Gelhaus’ array of keyboards, that is a five-piece juggernaut that drives the shifting and pulsing rhythms forward like a train.

And what goes over the top of this is equally as impressive. Bashema Hall’s voice may not actually need amplification – it’s a mighty powerful instrument, but absolutely under control at all times, delivering the lyrics with punch and precision, particularly on the outstanding ‘World Party’ and ‘Meet Your Feet’.

And that leaves the brass. Do saxophones frolic? Damn right they do. Foregoing the conventional lineup of tenor, alto and baritone, saxophonists Romilly Gibbs, Jos Wood and Norma Daykin all sport altos and seriously, in terms of technique, fluency and invention you simply can’t get a fag paper between them. These women play ensemble; in duets; solo – a constant stream of power riffs morphing effortlessly into solos and back again into the pack. The equilibrium is only altered when Gibbs switches to soprano and produces a couple of rasping solos – a rush of glass shards flying past your ears – absolutely breathtaking.

The band looks as if it’s having a whale of a time, the whole of Thekla is bouncing and somewhere up above Ivy Benson is bopping away on a cloud.

No-nonsense, non-stop fun and whatever your musical tastes, absolutely unmissable if they play anywhere near you.

Great night.

Check out Meet Your Feet on their Facebook page, and on their website


REVIEW: Acoustic night at CICCIC, Taunton

THE acoustic music night at Taunton’s CICCIC once again delivered another eclectic showcasing of talented and inspiring musicians from across the South-West, featuring the headliner Darren Hodge accompanied by Indie-Folk trio The Honeyfire and solo artists Lee Rahn and Ged Stephenson.

Ged began the evening with his eccentric mix of compelling yet occasionally amusing compositions.

Taking the audience through the stories behind the music, though expressing a view that we should decide the meanings of his songs for ourselves, Ged set a truly intimate atmosphere for the evening.

As the crowd’s final chant of Ged’s “One love, One world” radiated across the venue, The Honeyfire were next up.

The three girls from Bristol transformed the tone of the evening with their dark and introspective take on folk music.

The beautifully textural instrumentation, including the playing of a saw, and seamlessly intermingling harmonies lulled the audience into a dedicated silence as they exhibited tracks from their debut album to be released this month on Jelli records.

Lee Rahn was the next artist to feature exploring a remarkable range of tunings and percussion styles on his acoustic guitar, inspired by artists such as Nick Drake and Ben Howard.

Lee’s calming vocals fitted perfectly with the atmosphere of the venue and the highlight of his set came with poignant ‘Wild One/Once More’, the honesty and vulnerability of the composition expressing just how dedicated Rahn is to his crafting of music. The finale of the evening came duly from Darren Hodge and though his set was met with a minor technical difficulty, his musical ability and passion for his playing shone through. Hodge’s set, an astounding exploration into the very limits of the acoustic guitar and collapsing the distinctions between original compositions and covers, ranged from versions of Michael Jackson to Chet Atkins with Hodge also taking the time to showcase his vocal abilities.

The talent staged across the evening was truly astounding in ability and passion and rightly expresses the terrific quality of music that is passing through Taunton.

The next scheduled acoustic music night at CICCIC is January 31.

By William Holt



Single Launch Bristol People on the 6th December 2014, The Thekla, 6.30-10pm

Jelli Records, a Pledge member organisation of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership, has always been committed to promoting the values of a low-carbon city with a high quality of life for all. Since Bristol was awarded European Green Capital status for 2015, Jelli records has been eager to spread that message as widely as possible.

Meet Your Feet, Bristol’s 9-piece women’s band, will be presenting their new single “Bristol People” on the 6th December on board the Thekla. This single will be the second release for this established, good-fun band, since they signed to the local Jelli Records label just over a year ago.

The single was inspired by Bristol having been awarded European Green Capital for 2015. Meet Your Feet have always managed to match green, environment friendly lyrics with great danceable rhythms and funky tunes and this single does not disappoint. The band are looking at this single as a celebration of Bristol and the Bristol people. This single is a message of sharing, love and being a model for and to other people and nations.

Meet Your Feet is an eclectic 9-piece all women band from Bristol playing original music with latin, jazz and soul influences. The songs are dynamic and have tight harmonies, catchy sax riffs, infectious percussion and lyrics that reflect the 80s drive for an environmentally friendly planet. Formed in 1988 as a result of three of the women getting together to start a women’s music workshop, Meet Your Feet played its first gig in June 1988, when asked to get a set together for a Benefit Gig against section 28. During the 80s, Meet Your Feet had a lot of success as a live band and as well as gigging all over Britain, they played also at all the prestigious festivals like for example WOMAD and Glastonbury. Meet Your Feet did several European tours. In 1989 Meet Your Feet was voted as Bristol’s top band by Bristol’s Venue magazine readers. The band was featured on HTV and BBC TV and was also interviewed by Jenni Murray on the BBC Radio 4 programme “Women’s Hour”.

The single will be launched on the Thekla where CDs will be available for sale. They will also be available from the Jelli Records web store and as downloads from Amazon and iTunes.



From Weston College website:
Students release debut album

Three former Weston College students are set to release their debut CD on December 11th.  The trio, called ‘The Honeyfire’, is made up of sisters Sally and Natalie Joiner, along with Anja Quinn. They will perform their new CD live at the Louisiana in Bristol.

Sally and Anja, both 19, met on the two-year Music Performance, BTEC Extended Diploma, Level 3, while Natalie, 17, took a one-year UAL Level 3 Art and Design Diploma. Sally, of Wrington, said: “I came to Weston College as part of school work experience and was so impressed by the quality of teaching and resources that I applied immediately. “Although I was first drawn to the performance side, I found there were many areas, such as technology and business, that fascinated me.” “Making an album was a big deal. It has been tough, but seeing the finished product and playing to people who love our music makes it worth the effort. “Weston College helped give me the confidence and knowledge I needed to get where I am now and I am very grateful for that and, of course, for meeting Anja.” The trio use acoustic and electric guitars, drums, bass and haunting three-part harmonies to create a dark, harmonious take on the indie-folk genre.

They have won audiences across the South West and supported national acts such as Peter Grant, Kevin Mark Trail (The Streets) and Mark Morriss of The Bluetones. The Honeyfire has also made appearances at Bristol Harbour Festival and Bristol Acoustic Music Festival.

The Honeyfire manager, Craig Joiner, who is also Sally and Natalie’s dad, added: “They really enjoyed the College course. I’ve cut back on my hours as a photographer to ferry them to gigs – trying not to look too Dad-like in the background.” Their debut self-titled album was recorded by Jim Barr of the famous bands Portishead and Get The Blessing and is released through Jelli Records.

Tickets for the gig at The Louisiana in Bristol on December 11th cost £4 or £5 on the door. Doors open 7.30pm.
The album can pre-ordered from their website as can tickets for the launch:


The Honeyfire in Evolver Magazine

Evolved magazine edition


The Flux- The Honeyfire Review

A pleasure to of had The Honeyfire headline our acoustic showcase this month with their spell-binding dark folk and soulful harmonies – the Bristol female trio have released the first single Road Signs from their debut self-titled LP out December 11th via Jelli Records.

The album contains 10 brand new songs, Road Signs is the first offering showcasing the trio’s enhancing soundscapes – chilling harmonies weaving through driving guitar strings and drums whilst adding the delicate piano and folk strings to make a shimmering sound that’s rightfully diverse and elegant.

A first step into the nature, dreamscape and relationships that you’ll experience on the forthcoming album and one that will firmly place The Honeyfire as one of Bristol’s most exciting bands emerging in the music scene.


The album is available to pre-order from the band’s Bandcamp page in both physical CD and download formats along with advance e-tickets for the launch party taking place at the Louisiana.

———————————————————– Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Acoustic_festival_image_1WHETHER dance music, indie bands, soulful sounds or even vegetarian food takes your fancy, there was something for just about everyone in Bristol this Bank Holiday weekend. Despite Saturday’s driving rain and grey skies thousands descended on the city for a series of festivals and events. Luckily the sun came out on Sunday afternoon to save the day and yet again the city was alive with activity. Bristol’s biggest dance music festival Love Saves the Day was back in Castle Park for its third outing, and saw around 22,000 visitors over the weekend – around 4,000 up on last year. The event was a complete sell-out and has now established itself as the UK’s leading dance festival. Fencing was put around Castle Park and security guards patrolled the area to keep any gatecrashers out of the event. Thousands of festival goers decked out in shorts, T shirts and muddy thronged through the city centre on Sunday and mixed with shoppers. Saturday’s rain didn’t dampen spirits with revellers donning ponchos and wellies to keep dry. Organiser Tom Paine said: “We were sold out on both days which each saw about 11,000 visitors each. It’s been great – the rain didn’t stop us and there were some great periods of sunshine which lifted everyone’s spirits. “A highlight was Annie Mac on Saturday and when Bristol boy Eats Everything closed the day it was brilliant. It’s great to have such amazing talent in the city.” Reanna Edwards, 23, from Redland, said: “I had a great time – I loved the music and loved that I could wear my wellies and just stomp around in the mud. Her friend Beth Green, 23, also from Redland, added: “The rain didn’t dampen my spirits, I don’t care about it, the festival’s so much fun with a great atmosphere.” Meanwhile, Europe’s biggest festival for vegetarians – VegFest – took place on the Harbourside.

The celebration of vegan and vegetarian food saw well-attended evening gigs on its stage at Lloyd’s Amphitheatre in the Harbourside. Friday night began with a line-up of classic disco acts, including Seventies chart-toppers Boney M featuring Maizie Williams, Gwen Dickey’s Rose Royce and tribute band ABBA Gold. While on Saturday the festival took on a more punkish attitude, with Joy Division and New Order bass player Peter Hook and his new band The Light, and he was joined by Ruts DC and Goldblade.

During the day around 140 stalls sold vegan and vegetarian food from all over the world, including all-day bars, as well as juice and smoothie bars. There were also cookery demonstrations, comedy hours, clay modelling and much more. Alan Lee, one of the organisers, said: “It’s been a great weekend. Numbers were slightly down on Saturday due to the rain but it picked up again on Sunday. “Highlights have been the acts – on Saturday Peter Hook’s set went down a storm.” Meanwhile, the Dot To Dot festival took place in venues across the city throughout the weekend. The event was set up with the aim of unearthing new talent with events at all of Bristol’s favourite venues including The Thekla, the Fleece, the Louisiana and the Trinity Centre. Finally, and on a much more mellow note, Colston Hall staged a day long celebration of acoustic music. The 11th annual event was organised by the Bristol label Jelli Records and the line-up included comedian Richard Digance, Chris Wood and eccentric rockers Stackridge along with Thea Gilmore and Beth Rowley. Last nightSUN also saw a performance by Christina Marie, a former legal secretary from Fishponds who this year was a finalist on BBC talent show The Voice. Organiser Steve Parkhouse said crowds had built up throughout the day and the festival’s outdoor opening of Samba Reggae and Street Drumming from Batala had gone down a treat. Meanwhile, this weekend saw the last day of Mayfest, Bristol’s ten-day annual festival of contemporary theatre.