Professional singer-songwriter, surfer and shark enthusiast October performs her own soulful acoustic surf-rock compositions, interspersed with her unique arrangements of all your favourite covers, new and old. Dubbed as a “refreshingly original talent”, with a “sumptuous Joplin-esque vocal style”, and “upbeat, percussive guitar skills”, October has toured the world. She has just hit the major festival circuit as a soloist, playing the likes of the Glastonbury and the Isle Of Wight Festival. She's was the first person to ever play and compete at the infamous surf festival Boardmasters, which joined the World Surf League this year. This summer her self-titled debut acoustic album was released to critical acclaim. The word is spreading!
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Considering it “part of the fun”, October has always chosen to self-manage her career, including producing and recording her debut album.
Wearing her massive heart on her sleeve, her rich vocals resonate with the raw, awe inspiring Cornish coastline, so patently her inspiration.
Originally from the Home Counties her life has been an intricate web of trials and tribulations, tragedies and travel. The experiences of which have inculcated in her a beautiful mixture of innocent amazement and heroic altruism. The emotional depth of her highly praised album, ‘Some Of The Things’, clearly reflects the effect that these experiences have had on her. Joyously, her inner resilience and strength of soul that allowed her to triumph over adversities is also clearly evident.
Splitting her time between London and the South West, she is almost constantly on tour. As of this year, she’s performed on nine different stages at the Glastonbury and Isle Of Wight Festivals. October has inspired and thrilled audiences in renowned venues all over the world, including London’s Ronnie Scott’s and Excel Centre, Gothenburg’s Lisebergshallen Arena, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Melbourne’s Espy, yet clearly still loves to play an intimate gig. Being well known as a skilled self taught multi-instrumentalist, October was recently invited to play the drums with the Ronnie Scott’s house band, after her own gig there. She’s also known for recording drum tracks on her surfboards!
October’s various live performances have been broadcast by radio stations across the world such as the BBC, including Radio One. She has also sung and played with the BBC Big Band and Philharmonic Orchestra. Her original work has also been used in an internationally popular surf film.
October has a deep seated passion and respect for the ocean. She is never without her surfboard, and is an avid supporter of and volunteer with “The Wave Project”, a charity that provides surf therapy. She is making a name for herself on the surf scene, featuring in publications such as Surf Girl Magazine, competing on the UK Pro Surf tour and World Surf League, and regularly playing at surf festivals, such as the RedBull series. Even her beloved dog, Tia, surfs!
To keep up to date with October, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Spread the froth folks!
"Enrapturing" - Music Week
“A force to be reckoned with” – SurfGirl Magazine
"One hugely talented lady with a very, very distinctive voice" – BBC Radio Wales
"Her lyrics are complimented by guitar playing that most male guitarists would be jealous of " - Guitarist Magazine
“October's powerful uplifting voice washes over you in waves of delight" – ***** 5 stars - iTunes
"October Set To Rock The Nation" – The Guardian
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