Emily Rowan is a singer, piano basher and glitter addict. Simon Frances Bolley is a singer-songwriter who plays drums like the lead guitarist they are. Together Emily and Simon are Flora Greysteel, a York-based theatrical alternative pop duo formed to explore their love of far too many instruments, theatricality and glitter. Though on paper a voice, piano and drums band, they tote a wide variety of other instruments including ukulele, glockenspiel, thumb piano and assorted small percussion, not to mention the widespread use of loop pedal.
Their music combines elements of cabaret, rip-roaring choruses and choral elegance that at once give way to moments of intimate reflection. Emily’s sincere vocals bleed through otherworldly songs that speak to the heart, while Simon’s athleticism, drum antics and jocular nature bely the depth and integrity of their contributions. Explorations of fairy tales and nursery rhymes interweave songs about taxes, their hometown York, growing up and avoiding the washing up.
The duo released their first, eponymously titled EP in April 2016, and in 2017 wrote, directed and performed the music for York Shakespeare Project’s production of ‘The Winter’s Tale’. They are gearing up for a busy 2019, releasing their first full-length album and working with theatre company and long-time collaborators Vandal Factory on their new show ‘English Dirt’.
Flora Greysteel are big believers in DIY and do their best to support ethical and independent businesses where they can, from sourcing their merch to the make-up they wear on stage. They love to make their gigs just that little bit different, staging them in interesting spaces, inviting local artists to showcase at their gigs, or working with theatre companies. If you want to collaborate, get in touch!
‘A sparkly spangley showcase of alt-cabaret, fusing glittery dreamlike melodies with kitchen-sink-esque observations. York’s special explosion of queer theatrical pop.’ (Pewter Promotions)
'hypnotic, surreal and different' (York's Little Festival of Live Music)
‘With their infectious brand of quirky, charming alt pop big things are destined for Flora Greysteel’ (Tasha Smith - The New Music Show Shoreditch Radio)