C2C PREVIEW: Orfila

ORFILA are a UK country band consisting of siblings Abi, Louise and Matt Orfila from Folkestone in Kent. They have regularly appeared in local newspapers and magazines since forming in 2012 and they have been featured several times on BBC Radio Kent’s Saturday Morning Show with James Whale and also on BBC Radio Kent’s Country Hour with Dave Cash. In late 2013 they supported Dodgy and Sharon Shannon and began 2014 by supporting Beverley Craven and legendary singer songwriter Albert Hammond. They released their debut album “Writing on the Wall” later that year which received positive reviews and played the main stage at the Gibraltar Music Festival (one of Europe’s biggest music events) alongside acts such as The Script, Rita Ora, Roger Hodgson (Supertramp), Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet), John Newman, James Arthur, Maxi Priest, Scouting For Girls, Reef, Ella Eyre and Newton Faulkner.

2016 saw the band gain major success by being chosen by the world famous Yamaha Music London to play at the prestigious Country To Country music festival at The O2 Arena in London. The international festival is devoted to country music with many top artists from the USA appearing in the line up including Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church. The band is now officially recognised as Yamaha Music supported artists.

Following on from the success of their debut album the band began working on their second album “Never Slowin’ Down” and teamed up with renowned producer Sean Genockey (engineer for The Who), the legendary drummer Liam Genockey (from Steeleye Span), Lee Pomeroy (currently playing bass guitar in Jeff Lynne’s ELO), the award winning BJ Cole on pedal steel, Jessie May Smart on fiddle (another member from the Steeleye camp and also a band member for Katie Melua), Rascal Flatts guitarist/banjo player Travis Toy and Tommy Yankton (also a guitarist with Rascal Flatts). The first single from the album reached the top 10 of the UK Country Chart and was premiered on BBC Radio Kent. In September ORFILA opened for The Stereophonics, Heather Small, The Fratellis and Jess Glynne at the Gibraltar Music Festival and then toured Nashville, playing at venues that country music legends Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton and Alan Jackson had all previously played.

This year has also gotten off to a good start for ORFILA who have already appeared on BBC Radio Kent, have been confirmed for Country 2 Country 2017 and Buckle and Boots 2017, have had a feature written on them in the UK’s leading independent country music magazine Maverick, are scheduled to support UK country legend Hank Wangford and will also be judges at this year’s Yamaha Hoedown to determine which act will represent Yamaha at this year’s Country 2 Country festival.

www.orfila-music.com