Evelyn Downing: lead and harmony vocals, flute
Jamie Field: acoustic guitars and occasional electric guitar & backing vocals
Andrew Garman: keyboards, bass, drums, percussion
Nigel Hooton: lead and rhythm electric and acoustic guitars.
Kate Belcher: lead & harmony vocals on ‘Nowhere To Hide’, ‘Siren Song’ and ‘Shadow Girl’.
Wendy Marks: cor anglais, oboe, recorders
Features guest appearances from Troy Donockley (Iona) and Jonathan Edwards (Panic Room & ex-Karnataka)
“To describe this album as astonishing would be an understatement… there are bands that toil for many a year before producing a masterpiece of this quality… it is absolutely stunning!”
Paul Jerome Smith, Fireworks magazine, UK
“Ranks right up there with the very finest prog releases of the past few years.”
Joel Craig, Interstellar Overdrive USA
"Elemental rock on an epic scale."
David Randall, Get Ready To Rock UK
“A stunning, epic album… absolutely spellbinding”
Larry Kolota, Kinesis Progressive Rock, USA
“Vocalists Evelyn Downing and Kate Belcher are new stars in the music scene.”
Nick Gielkins, Mostly Pink, Netherlands
“A killer album.”
Gordon Tanner, Distant Early Warning, Canada
“One of the best albums of 2007.”
Artur Chacklowski,Radio Alfa, Poland
“A rich, varied, melodic and multi-layered album.”
Ian Fairholm. Progressive Ears, UK
“Mermaid Kiss has made one of the year's best albums.”
Anna Maria Stjarnell Collected Sounds USA/Sweden
“An incredibly beautiful album!”
Jany Claeskens Prog-Nose Belgium
“… truly mesmerising songwriting and musicianship…”
Martin Hudson, Classic Rock Society Magazine, UK
DPRP recommended album for August 2007
MERMAID KISS / ETARLIS AWARDS
Both Evelyn and Kate were recently awarded 'Best Female Vocal Performance of 2007' at two programs at progrock.com radio
Epic Prog named Etarlis the #6 album of the year in its annual Top 10 list, and awarded Kate the "Best Female Vocal Performance of the Year" award for "Shadow Girl."
Interstellar Overdrive placed Etarlis even higher, at #5 in the annual Top 11 list (theirs goes to 11). And Evelyn received the award for as 'Top Female Vocal Performance of the Year, for the track "The City of Clouds (Qway-Lin)."
Etarlis was also placed 3rd in the year's Top 10 albums at the Norwegian prog radio programme 'Glasshuset'
Etarlis is an ambitious and complex work described by the band as a series of musical illustrations of the fantasy story of the same name written by Jamie and Evelyn over recent years. The music features vocals from founder member Evelyn Downing as well as Kate Belcher, first heard on the band’s previous release, the ep Salt on Skin.
To find out more about Etarlis, the album and the story visit the dedicated website at: www.etarlis.com
Further details about Mermaid Kiss can be found at www.mermaidkiss.co.uk and www.myspace.com/mermaidkissuk
There is also a Mermaid Kiss forum at: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/mermaidkisses/
Formed in 2000, Mermaid Kiss first appeared on the music scene in 2003 with their debut, The Mermaid Kiss Album. Following Evelyn’s move to university the band began working with additional vocalists, releasing Salt on Skin in 2006. The band’s collaborative approach to writing and recording creates a diverse palette of sounds and styles which defy classification, but which have been described as:
"Haunting, sexy and compelling... One of THE releases of this or any other year." (Michael Sullivan, The Here & There)
"To say this is an emotionally charged album replete with gorgeous melodies, stunning vocal work and beautifully conceived ideas, would be an understatement." (Greg Cummins, Sea Of Tranquility)
"Outstanding... an album of incredible depth and strength." (Russ Elliot, Musical Discoveries)