Ones To Watch: Florrie

22 year old Florrie is a talented singer- songwriter, guitarist and drummer. She was born in Bristol and took up playing the drums when she was in Greece on a family holiday aged six. As a teenager she played in bands in her home town then she eventually moved to London. A meeting with the manager of Gabriella Cilmi led Florrie to successfully audition as the drummer in the houseband of Xenomania, the widely successful Kent-based production house. Since joining as their in-house drummer in 2008 she has played live and on record for popular artists such as Girls Aloud and the Pet Shop Boys. During the time at Xenomania Florrie developed her songwriting and production talents. In 2010, she began a solo career producing music thats offered free to fans.

Amazingly Florrie is not signed to a record label which does come as a surprise as the music that she sings is fantastic. I guess she wants to improve on the style of music, get the music out there and gain as many new fans as possible. This February sees her embark on a big UK tour starting on 3rd February at King Tuts in Glasgow then ending at Unit in Southampton on the 19th of that month. Now Florrie has played hundreds of gigs which include Glastonbury and Radio One’s Live Lounge (recently she did a small UK tour last September and supported Two Door Cinema Club on their November French tour). At the age of 7 was when she performed her first gig dressed as a fish!!

At the moment the 4 track EP which is a Introduction to Florrie is being offered free to fans on Florrie.com. A follow up is expected March 2011. The tracks on the EP are Call Of The Wild, Give Me Your Love, Summer Nights and Left Too Late. Now the style of the music is Pop and those 4 tracks sound fantastic. Go download a copy and see what you think.

The current UK dates are:

■03 Feb 2011 – Glasgow @ King Tuts
■04 Feb 2011 – Manchester @ The Ruby Lounge
■05 Feb 2011 – Nottingham UK @ Stealth vs Rescue Rooms
■07 Feb 2011 – Bristol @ Thekla
■09 Feb 2011 – Leeds @ Cockpit 3
■10 Feb 2011 – Sheffield @ The Forum
■11 Feb 2011 – Stockton @ Shine Like Stars
■12 Feb 2011 – Birmingham @ HMV Institute
■15 Feb 2011 – Brighton @ Coalition
■16 Feb 2011 – London @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
■18 Feb 2011 – Tunbridge Wells @ Forum
■19 Feb 2011 – Southampton @ UNIT

To hear more about Florrie, buy gig tickets and download her music for free go to: http://florrie.com/

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