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Helene on Mary Epworth’s Snow Queen EP

Helene appears on Mary Epworth’s ‘Snow Queen EP’. Available now from http://handofglory.bigcartel.com/product/snow-queen-ep.

Union Chapel, 24th March

Hello folks,

I had a wonderful time with my band at Daylight Music in the Union Chapel this weekend. Diana Jarvis took some wonderful photos, which can be viewed here.

Here’s a video of us performing the song ‘Moon’ (with thanks to Andres Vicente):

Many thanks to all involved with Daylight Music, and to the wonderful musicians who performed with me – Mary Epworth (vocals), Ben Walker (electric guitar), Jeremy Radway (bass and vocals) and Ed Grimshaw (drums).

CH x

Maida Vale with Mary Epworth

Last Sunday I had the privilege of playing guitar and singing with Mary Epworth at Maida Vale, as part of the BBC’s 6 Music 10th Anniversary celebrations. You can listen to the session here (link expires on Easter Monday).

Apart from the amazing experience of performing my first radio session in such an historic venue and making my band debut on the electric guitar, other highlights included:

– Meeting Cerys Matthews

– Having a conversation* with Joe Boyd

– Seeing and attempting to play a cuíca, and failing miserably

Photo by Wendy Venables

Looking forward to doing lots more gigs with Mary over the summer! You can find out more about Mary here.

CH x

* Telling him which jug had hot water in it, as he’d just poured coffee over his teabag

The heaviest thing in the world

My New Year’s resolution is…

…finally fixing my 1/2″ 8 track reel to reel tape machine. It’s a Tascam 38, and it’s about the same age as me! It’s only taken me four years to get around to the task. Hope I don’t electrocute myself. Amazing what you can find to do when you have a tax return deadline looming, eh? (31st January, folks!)

I’ll post updates as things progress.  Let me know your thoughts – anyone else got one of these, or similar?

Helene x

My new guitar!

Introducing Steve, my new electric guitar. He’s an Epiphone Casino (50th Anniversary edition, in Vintage Sunburst):



What do you reckon?

CH x

Stephen Fry letter

I sent Stephen Fry a copy of my EP as a birthday present and got this letter back from his PA!


I wonder if he’s listened to it yet? Guess I’ll never know…


CH x

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Helene x