Going With The Flo At Blissfields

Blissfields Festival 2015
By Si Gross, www.sigross.com
July 6, 2015 12:00 am Last Updated: August 20, 2015 7:21 pm

The two beautiful musical Flo’s, hang out at the Somewhere In Time Blissfields festival. Flo Morrissey and Floella Grace meet, connect and chat about all things folk and Flo. Flo said to the Flo “Flo’s going to see Flo’s show,” then Flo said “Yeah I’ll go to your show.” Which one said what to who? I did ask Floella Grace afterwards but I was left with a vague answer of a shoulder shrug.

(L-R) Musicians Flo Morrisey and Floella Grace hang out together with a wicker dalek at Blissfields time themed festival
(L-R) Artists Flo Morrissey and Floella Grace put their feet up in the Blissfields garden and chat about all things Flo related

 

The two Flo's getting in the flow and talking about all things Flo related
The two Flo’s getting in the flow, sat in tree trunks with their foot rests cleverly cut out from their counterpart trees

Although Flo Morrissey and Floella Grace have distinctly different voices, both artists have a sound, that makes you sit back and be mesmerised. I photographed Flo Morrissey playing on the main ‘Singularity’ stage, captured by the sound of her wistful voice, I decided to stick around and settled in amongst the crowd. Listening further, I drifted into a hazy daydream on the sun blessed grass, resting my head on my makeshift ruck sack pillow. Definitely a highlight moment of the festival.

Flo Morrissey has recently released her debut album called Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful.

Wistful songstress Flo Morrisey sat in the Bestival garden
Wistful songstress Flo Morrissey sat waiting patiently in the Blissfields garden

 

Flo Morrisey, on friday afternoon, performs on the 'Singularity' main stage at Blissfields Festival
Flo Morrissey, wearing a flower garland and butterfly hairclip, performed on Friday 3rd July at the Blissfields ‘Singularity’ main stage

 

Flo Morrisey, in between songs, shares a smile and some banter with the Blissfields crowd
Flo Morrissey, in between songs, shares a smile and some banter with the Blissfields crowd

 The other Flo, the bohemian Floella Grace opened at The Larch acoustic stage, singing and speaking to the audience with disarming awkward candour. Floella’s frivolous and sublime words invite the audience right inside her unorthodox mind, seemingly without restriction. We hear ethereal sounds sift through the air to the ear.

Floella has a penchant for holding onto thoughts that I believe most ordinary people would drop without further consideration. I find this attention to life’s details, can only be a good thing for all staying to listen.

An honest welcome and a wave from Floella Grace who opened the Larch stage at Blissfields on Friday
A candid Floella Grace welcomed the crowd at Blissfields with her newly acquired Charango instrument

 

Floella Grace who opened the Larch acoustic stage at Blissfields on Friday
Floella Grace opened The Larch acoustic stage at Blissfields on Friday 3rd July

 

Bohemian Folk singer Floella Grace at The Larch acoustic stage
Bohemian Folk singer Floella Grace at The Larch acoustic stage

 I was able to catch a pin dropping intimate performance of Floella Grace at a Sofar session in Winchester last year. Basically a show for around twenty people inside someone’s house. Here is a video of Floella Grace singing “Devotion” at Sofar Winchester – Songs From A Room. She has a single/video out called ODSM.

Just to give a taste of Flo Morrissey live, here she is singing “Show Me” On The Road at SXSW video with the KXT 91.7 crew at the Plaza Saltillo Metro Rail station in Austin