The Ollie West Band

Event Date: Wed 19 June 2019

Cinematic, orchestral pop is a phrase that fits perfectly.

Formed in 2014 by singer, songwriter and pianist Ollie West, this Manchester based ensemble are creating unique music that transcends genre and the generic ideas of the pop band. With influences as far spread as Elbow and Billy Joel to the Cinematic Orchestra to Claude Debussy, the band’s instantly recognisable sound has been praised by the likes of Neil McCormick and Dean Friedman.

Having toured the south of England for a year, a desire to expand the band was realised in 2015 when Ollie enrolled at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Having always been a keen composer of classical music, he took the influences from the wealth of classical and pop talent around him and started to incorporate this into his own music, eventually culminating in a performance with a 24 piece outfit supporting the RNCM Session Orchestra in the summer of 2017. Off the back of this, the band released their debut EP “We Watch The World Turning” and took the record on a 14 date UK wide tour organised by Ollie himself, visiting arts centres as far north as John O Groats and far south as Lands End.

Their latest single, ‘Home’, takes the ensemble further into genre blending territory as it draws influences from the impressionist composers Debussy and Ravel, using elements of the iconic impressionist sound and incorporating it into a popular music setting. Critical acclaim for ‘Home’ has described the piece as as “cinematic and epic” and “creating a sense of beauty that is elegant and authentic”. It truly sees the beginning of a new era for The Ollie West Band, who continue to surprise and challenge the ideas of what an unsigned artist can achieve.

Address

  • The Plough @ St Anne's
  • Paternoster Row
  • Barnstaple
  • Devon
  • EX31 1BH

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