Holysseus Fly (Ishmael Ensemble) announces stunningly personal debut EP, ‘Birthpool’ (Release Date: November 6th, 2023), featuring captivating singles and BBC 6 Music favourites ‘Within The Water’, ‘Bloom’ and ‘Teach Me’.

Vocalist, co-writer and pianist with critically acclaimed collective Ishmael Ensemble, Holysseus Fly has already made a powerful impression as a solo artist. Her most recent single ‘Bloom’, which details her struggle and triumph in finding a new creative identity after surviving cancer, caught the attention of everyone from BBC 6 Music’s Chris Hawkins who described it as ‘absolutely gorgeous’ to ITV News who described ‘Bloom’s’ video as ‘amazing’. With further support from Annie Mac, Jamz Supernova and Huw Stevens, and sold out solo shows in London and Bristol, Holysseus Fly’s star is very much in the ascendant.

“I started writing Birthpool in Spring 2021 when I was feeling low recovering from treatment for Breast Cancer. Just like a seed having been planted in winter, I cared for a growing garden of creative ideas and allowed myself to write what I really wanted. I had been holding myself back with self doubt and fear that expressing my feelings about cancer would make it my identity as an artist. Looking back on the process of making the EP, I see this music as a true and honest reflection of moving through post-cancer grief and nurturing a new creative identity. This is my Birthpool.”

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