Mel Biggs debut album – From Darkness Comes Light
One of the UK’s leading diatonic accordion players, Mel Biggs releases her debut album ‘From Darkness Comes Light’ on 1st October 2021.
Having created three albums with acclaimed trio Moirai (with Jo Freya and Sarah Matthews), this solo instrumental album packed full of original material sees Mel stepping out boldly in her own direction; shining a bright and positive light into the murky shadows of mental health.
Twelve tracks span a year of moods set to music, influenced by seasonal light states, nature, and ritual.
Opening with the confidence boosting ‘Dream Big‘, bathing in the glow of ‘Shivelight In Spring‘, celebrating the joy of Morris Dancing on May Day with ‘Mounthills/Coleford Jig‘, flying high over Norwegian mountains in ‘Oppland Upland‘, and closing on ‘Katy’s Theme‘, a battle with self-identity; this album shows that by finding the positives in what life throws at you, the conversation around mental health can be ultimately uplifting.
Being neuro-diverse and a visual artist, Mel encounters sensory crossover (synaesthesia) experiencing sound as abstract shapes and colours. Using audio to narrate a visual – be it memory, feeling, or place – adds great depth and intrigue to her arrangements.
Whilst rooted in English Morris and Northern European folk dance music, there are reflections of Philip Glass, Yann Tiersen, Hans Zimmer, and The Penguin Café Orchestra throughout. The diatonic accordion, with its warm expressive qualities, is Mel’s tool of choice for channelling her experiences. Accompanied by fiddle, mandolin, piano accordion, guitar, and cittern, she invites the listener to join her in this deeply personal, tangible world of sound and light, creating an immersive, almost cinematic sensory experience.
The album is available from the following places:
“The overwhelming feeling was of someone who has carefully created, nurtured, and delivered a complete musical adventure from start to finish. I felt I was listening from inside Mel’s melodeon and her head simultaneously. The arrangements and production are exceptional… Truly a thing of beauty!!!”
Simon Care (Banter, Albion Band, Edward II)
“Filled with beautifully arranged and masterfully played tunes, this is an album rich with meaning.”
The Folk Forecast
EPK, Social Media + Press Contact
For EPK (Full album WAV/MP3 download, sleeve notes, hi-res photos) and to book interviews, please contact:
Mel Biggs Email: ku.oc.cisumsggiblemnull@lem Mobile: 07969060394
Upcoming 2021 Performances
16th October LAUNCH CONCERT (with full band) online only via Live To Your Living Room TICKETS
22-24th October Mel + Kat Biggs duo Wren Music Folk Festival, Okehampton
Please note: these are all low-res images. For full-res images, please contact Mel for EPK (details above).
Mel Biggs – diatonic accordions, vocals
Kat Biggs – piano accordion
Jon Loomes – guitar, cittern
Bridget Slater – fiddle
David Squirrell – mandolin, octave mandola
Title: From Darkness Comes Light
Release Date: October 1st 2021
Artist: Mel Biggs
Label: Talking Cat Recordings
Format: CD and Digital
Bar Code: 5029385862534
Cat No: TCCD 2103
Engineered by Jon Loomes
Produced by Jon Loomes & Mel Biggs
As a Morris dancer, musician, and highly-renowned melodeon teacher, Mel is a familiar face on the UK folk scene.
In her professional career, Mel has risen from the EFDSS ‘Aspire’ program with Andy Cutting to perform with Moirai with Jo Freya (Narthen, Blowzabella, Token Women) and Sarah Matthews (Sweet Visitor Band, Intarsia), and Boxtet (with Owen Woods, Ollie King and Matt Quinn).
She has been involved in several recurrent Arts Council England funded projects. These include Jo Freya’s ‘Komposit Young Composers’ (with Annie Whitehead, Judith Weir CBE and Chris Woods), and cross-cultural theatre shows such as Priya Sundar’s ‘Morris:Natyam’ and Kate Flatt’s and Adriano Adewale’s ‘The Oss & The Ox’.
She has performed on some of the biggest UK festival stages including Sidmouth, Musicport, Shrewsbury, Dartmoor, Whitby Folk Week, Broadstairs, and street theatre festivals Imagine Watford and Out There Arts.