Ophelia ray band
The ophelia ray band…
officially formed at the start of 2019. Following success with BBC Introducing and bookings for several major festivals, writer/ vocalist Ophelia Ray and pianist Joe Pike, decided to expand upon their duo act and enlist the talents of guitarist Edward Bettella and multi-instrumentalist Tom Bibb. The sound achieved is a sultry and psychedelic form of indie pop-rock, with a Celtic twist.
Having trained as an opera singer, Ophelia’s vocal displays great range and control, with haunting high trills and resonant, low contrasts. She has been likened vocally to Kate Bush on BBC Radio, but with a poetic lyrical style that reflects a deep interest in mythology and the natural world. A unique, soulful and ethereal mix of Gaelic and classic rock can be heard in her voice and lyrics.
Until February 2019, Ophelia was a solo act, accompanied by Bath based concert pianist and session musician Joe Pike.
Joe has been a full time pianist for the past 10 years, after graduating from The London Centre of Contemporary Music. He has played all over the UK and around Europe, holding residencies at many prestigious venues and playing keys for artists such as Gabrielle Aplin.
Ophelia and Joe were later joined by Bath based musician Edward Bettella. As well as being an extremely accomplished guitarist, Edward is also a skilled classical pianist and composer, working frequently with film composition, as well as live performance. The final member to join The Ophelia Ray Band was Tom Bibb; an undeniably unique and quirky multi-instrumentalist/ songwriter from Shropshire. Tom is also the frontman of 8 piece, retro-psychedelic, funk band Jackknife (also recently recognised by BBC Introducing). Tom lends a touch of Velvet Underground mystique to the group, with his addition of drums, bass and various stringed instruments, to the band’s dreamy soundscapes. Taking influence from 60s rock and psychedelia, the sitar is usually his instrument of choice.
This year, The Ophelia Ray Band will be playing live shows for BBC Introducing across Reading and Oxford, including Henley Festival on July 14th. Other UK live shows and major festival announcements can be found on their social media.