Releases in 2021
Welcome to our charity single! it's on general release on 17th December andwe're trying to raise some funds for Help Musicians via a collaborative Christmas track. There's 42 people (no coincidence there I reckon!) and two cats helping out on this track. Thank you to Chris West and Neil March for the radio and video premieres respectively.
You can watch the video here
And if you'd like to help us raise some funds for Help Musicians the download link is here
Hello! thanks for visiting my website! Here's the music I've released and the videos to accompany some of the tracks.
My next release will be a single Out of My Hair from my next EP, Rhythm Rising. This track is unusual in that it also contains my singing voice! and I've made a video for it which I will add below.
Here's the EP which is out on the usual platforms on 5th November.
I submitted it to Fresh on the Net and was thrilled that Tom Robinson himself messaged me about the track on twitter :
Really interesting approach on your new song "Out Of My Hair" in this week's inbox, Helen. That tough, spiky guitar locks right in with the drums & gives the track some real bite. Anyway - great direction to be heading in!
And then the track made the Eclectic Picks on Fresh on the Net, which was so exciting.
My debut album was released in the summer 2021.
I am thrilled that I've managed to secure plays for two of the tracks on national BBC stations. While this in no way diminishes the support I've had from lovely independent stations all over the world, it is a significant 'nod' that what I am creating is original enough and produced at the right level (which as you can imagine is a massive vote of confidence for this relative novice). At the time of writing, I've been doing this for just less than a year (July 2021), and I am so fired up and excited for the future.
Cerys Matthews was the first to notice me, playing Song Thrush Serenade on her BBC 6 Music show, around that time Nitin Sawhney played it on his WorldWide FM show and now I've had my BBC Radio 3 premiere thanks to Elizabeth Alker and her team on her Saturday breakfast show (17th July). Fills me for hope for the future. Thank you to everyone who's helped me get this far.
Special mentions, for Chris West on The Phoenix 1208, for doing an hour long feature and playing THE WHOLE ALBUM and talking to me about each track in July. Such an honour !
I've just released The Little Things featuring my grandparents Herbert and Gladys Davies. I've made a video to accompany it too. Can you spot me? Delighted that The Little Things was track of the month, played four times a week by Donald Strachan on his shows including MadWasp Radio, TD1 Radio, Vault Radio. Donald has also interviewed me for a feature he's doing about Nature's Grace on his Views from The Edge show which was broadcast on TD1Radio midday on Tues 31st.
Also grateful to Peter Lewis for interviewing me for his NCCR Radio show which was broadcast on Sunday 29th from 9am.
Back in July, the first person to play the whole album, Nature's Grace (in fact, the only person who played the WHOLE album in an hour - with chat about each track from me!) was Chris West. I was chuffed to bits. Was suffering with Covid at the time, hence the slightly muffled voice, but what a lovely experience and an honour to be featured on Chris's show.
Here's the video I filmed (in Hunstanton) and edited for my just released track Maids of the Mer, another track on the album.
The video was premiered on Neil March's Trust The Doc TV show and I was really grateful. Also delighted to have lovely plays on Kayla Painter's WorldWide FM show on Monday 23rd August 2pm show and Anna Phoebe's Soho Radio show earlier in the month. As well as premiere on Chris West's show on Phoenix Radio.
Hot on the heels of my thrilling play of Song Thrush Serenade by Cerys Matthews on BBC 6 Music, I was delighted that (Teaching Darkness) How To Fly, featuring Ian McMillan was played on Radio 3.
I am particularly proud of this track. It took FOREVER! and the video was also a massive undertaking.
Was delighted that it made the Fresh Faves selection on Tom Robinson (and team)'s Fresh on the Net website. Here's what reviewer Andy Page said (edited) "“The beauty of How To Fly is instant...the most remarkable thing is just how organic and natural the track is... Helen discovered her creative muse in the form of an iPhone App during lockdown, and a few months of perseverance has resulted in an extraordinary output of creative variety and uniqueness”
Hope you enjoy it too!
How to Fly is available on my debut album 'Nature's Grace' which is on general release 5th September and can be bought, in digital and cd version now using this link.
I decided to release a special edition CD of the tracks from my three EP's plus two birdsong tracks - Song Thrush Serenade and The Gardener's Friend (18 tracks) in celebration of the Cerys Matthews and Nitin Sawhney plays for Song Thrush Serenade and to bring new followers up to speed with my work. Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far. Here's to an exciting future! Click here
Excited to be announce that my innovative electronic track featuring the song thrush in our garden on lead vocals IS OUT NOW!
Song Thrush Serenade displays the diversity and power displayed by my much loved garden friend, woven into a musical tapestry. If you click on the image, you will be taken to soundcloud to hear it! there's also bandcamp and spotify below! I hope you enjoy it! x
"That was Song Thrush Serenade by @helefonix. I was sent this track through twitter & the lady who sent it started creating music in her 50's, fairly recently. I think it's amazing that she's got into making beautiful music" Nitin Sawhney, WorldWide FM
So excited to announce that Jackie Weaver (yes, THAT Jackie Weaver) Joe Rose and I have
collaborated on a fun pop single.
A gloriously independent release, JACKIE WEAVER'S KICKED HIM OUT is out NOW!
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
We've had some lovely help getting the word out on a range of national and regional radio and TV stations. The link below has the audio from some of these if you'd like to find out more!
Thanks for visiting my site. 2021 brings a lot of new music, a name change from MidlifeMix to Helefonix and now a brand new exciting collaboration with Jackie Weaver - she of parish council zoom meeting fame!!
I've just released a contemporary classical mini modern symphony, which I entered for an award with Clouzine. Which you can find below.
And astonishingly, Orchestral Manoeuvres won Best Electronic/Classical EP.
Thanks to everyone who plays the tracks, writes about them, chatted to me on their radio show or supported on social media in any way. It's appreciated more than you can imagine.
Do keep in touch via the socials or email email@example.com. I would love to hear from you! xx
My second EP Orchestral Manoeuvres, is available on physical CD as well as download. Click on the image to hear the tracks. There is also a 'buy' link!