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The Wire Daisies - growing in stature from Cornish roots


Story: Jack Foley

THE Wire Daisies are the latest musical outfit to emerge from the south west of England, or Cornwall, to be exact.

Led by strong female vocals, the hotly-tipped four-piece successfully combine their love of old-school singer-songwriting with the energy of today’s British rock.

The band consists of Treana Morris (lead vocals), Ol Beach (keyboards), Steve Jackson (drums) and Alden Evans (lead guitar).

Steve, Alden and Treana met through the Cornish gig scene and then met Ol at a party, in 1999, for the solar eclipse and discussed the idea of working together.

All four members then got together in the summer of 2002 on a farm in Cornwall to start working together for a couple of weeks.

Things quickly took shape and, after six months, there was enough material for three albums!

Something had to happen, so after consulting with Jim Beach – manager of Queen – the band approached producer, John Cornfield (Oasis, Supergrass and Muse), at his Sawmills Studio and he agreed to record a couple of tracks as master demos.

They moved into Sawmills for a week, in April 2003, to record a small live set, but it soon became apparent that things should be taken further.

At the beginning of June 2003, they moved back into Sawmills and set about recording their first album, which will be released later this year.

The momentum continued when, on November 29, 2003, Treana performed to a huge world-wide audience when she sang at the Nelson Mandela 46664 AIDS Concert in South Africa.

In the New Year, the Wire Daisies signed a deal with the newly founded Transistor Project, and 2004 continued in earnest with the Wire Daisies signing a major deal with EMI Music Publishing and the first regional UK tour for the band was booked.

The Wire Daisies’ live shows have attracted the attention of major concert promoters with performances at international festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival and Womad confirmed so far.

The Montreux Festival will see Ol Beach return to the town where he studied piano at the Montreux Conservatoire, under Blue Note recording artist, Thierry Long.

The Wire Daisies will be performing at the closing night of the Montreux Festival with Seal – other acts which are playing the week long festival include PJ Harvey, Air, Alicia Keys and Jamie Cullum.

The band will be releasing their debut EP, Make Everything Change, on July 12, on Transistor Project, and their album will be available later on this Summer.

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