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Tailor Birds is Sophie Kinston, electronic violinist.  Described by many as mesmerising, and the future of folk music, this is music that soothes the soul, warms the spirit, and ignites your passion.  Currently touring through Australia and Europe, this is world folk at its’ finest, music at its’ most raw, combining live looping, foley art, and rich harmonised vocals, to create a sound like no other.

A sound that is all about the vibe and positive energy, building an audience that is as diverse as much as it is one, you could say that Sophie is a travelling troubadour.  She believes that music should not just be about playing one gig after another with just the music making impact, but is also about connecting people to something good again, in a world that is constantly changing.  Music needs to inspire, and placing Tailor Birds in a space that can do just that, it makes an impact greater than you could ever imagine.

Constantly pushing to do a range of shows – festivals, gigs, supports, but also markets and street shows, to connect with and provide music to the general public, Tailor Birds was formed back in 2012, touring through NSW, QLD, SA, & VIC, and through Europe each summer.

After touring with her band through the years, Tailor Birds then stripped back to doing more solo shows, promoting her work in a grassroots fashion, inspiring others, one step at a time.  Ever changing and also challenging herself with new energies, in 2017 she packed up her house, ended her lease and moved to living on the road.  Purchasing a Toyota Hiace Commuter, she turned it into a mobile home and pop-up music venue for all Australian work, whilst also heading to Europe each summer.  However, the story continues, and whilst in Byron Bay she slipped and broke her ankle, causing a re-assessment of her work.  With 9 screws and a metal plate inserted into her left ankle, unable to walk or bear weight for 6 weeks, her time was re-evaluated, and Sophie was able to step out with a new outlook, and with greater meaning to her work.  Always conscious that any gig can be the last gig, each show has huge value, and this is relayed within her stories and passion for her work.

Sophie whilst playing solo shows, also brings in the talents of others, dependent on where she’s touring :

Australian VCA graduate Daniel Brates (percussion/drums), various guest musicians in Europe incl. Jerome d’Odeurs (piano/guitar), Bob Glynn (drums, Ireland), Mark Flynn (guitar, Ireland), Pete Flood (drums, UK), bass player Daan from Dutch band, the Bucket Boyz, Vincent Kuyvenhoven (Dutch guitarist), and more.

Whilst ever adaptable, and ever changing, Tailor Birds constantly strives to bring positive energy to her audiences.  Shows are not just about gigs, but are about other worldly experiences, worlds where crowds can become immersed inside a multi-sensory exploration. The public experiences a moment in time, that has never been and will never be.  Live is where the music, the energy, the passion, and the artistry of Tailor Birds truly comes alive.

AUSTRALIAN SHOWS :

  • Based on the east coast of Australia, Sophie now tours full time through Australia via Hatch, her converted Toyota Hiace Commuter.  Tailor Birds has done numerous album launches, residencies, and various other shows and festivals through VIC, Australia, including FRL, Panacea, Bushtival, and Yea Arts Carnivale, supporting and performed alongside acts such as Sally Dastey, Ryan Meeking, DD Dumbo, Rachel By The Stream, Dallas Frasca, Dear Plastic, Pataphysics, Ma Petite and more.
  • Releasing 2nd album ‘Wide Awake I See The Storm’ in August ’16, she is set to release a half hour lullaby, in late Dec ’17, with a best of  in early 2018, whilst also prepping for album no.3.

EUROPE :

  • Tailor Birds have just returned from their 6th European tour July – Oct 2018, launching the preview of new record, ‘Where will we go to break free from the Crows’.  With over 70 shows through Holland, Ireland, UK, Italy, and Germany, Sophie has performed numerous festivals over the years, namely this year, Italy’s Ferrara Buskers, as 1 of 20 invited acts, Holland’s Taribush Kuna, Arts Carnivale, and the Oord festival.
  • With the success of the 2018 tour, Tailor Birds are now looking at how to handle 2019, looking to broaden the places they perform, whilst also stepping up the visuals side of their work.
  • Tailor Birds’ aim to bring their music to not only their fans, but also to bring a bit of shining light to the general public.
  • Each tour has included 20 plus shows/festivals/livestreamed events, in the summer of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017.

UPCOMING TOURING :

  • Having returned from a 6th European tour, Tailor Birds are now launching new record, ‘Where will we go to break free from the Crows’ through Australia.
  • Also looking at 2019 Europe summer touring schedule – June – Nov ’18 likely, through Holland, Ireland, UK, Italy, France, and further afield, with longer stints in each area.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING RECORDINGS :

  • Debut album ‘Runaway Sailors, Stay at Home Wives’, released in 2013
  • ‘Live at Club Zonnemaire’ ep, released in 2015
  • 1st single, ‘Winters’ Fall’, released in late 2015
  • 2nd single, ‘Ashen’, released in July 2016
  • 2nd album, ‘Wide Awake I See The Storm’ released in August 2016
  • Half hour lullaby & concept record, ‘Stilts on the Water’, released in Feb 2018
  • Latest record, ‘Where will we go to break free from the Crows’ released in Oct 2018
  • Currently writing the final few songs for album no. 3, to be released in 2020.

BIO :
Tailor Birds is creatively lead by composer and techno/loop/folk violinist Sophie Kinston, a Graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (Australia) and Chichester University – fine art and music performance (UK).  Having performed for songwriters, incl. Rosie Burgess Trio, Hussy Hicks, Marshall O’Kell, Sally Dastey, Freya Hanley and more, Sophie Kinston formed Tailor Birds in 2012, building something that was all about the vibe and experience for the audience.

Her musical pieces are little worlds which are inspired by her travels, music teachers, fellow musicians and the emotions/events of life.  Little riffs turn into songs and old found scraps of musical pieces can start the birth of a new sound score. Coming from many musical back grounds, a diversity of musical styles also provide a huge pool of inspiration for Sophie.  The music she writes, tell tales of love, loss, fear, and fantasy; but also hopes, dreams, resurrection, rejuvenation and that anything is possible!

Tailor Birds’ key influences are Sigur Ros, the Kronos Quartet, Bear’s Den, Chet Faker and more. 

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