Published by Quire - 24/6/2022
Formed from current female members of Quire, this was meant to be a group of eight singers (hence the name). However while it currently has nine members there can be up to four singers in each of the three voices – soprano, mezzo and alto.
The music for Octavia is distinguished by the use of close harmony, polyphony and unison singing in several of the vocal styles found in the countries from which the World Music of Quire is selected. The repertoire includes English and Irish folk-type material and women’s choir music from Africa, South America, Polynesia and Europe.
You can hear several songs from Octavia on Angel Band as well as on Shout! singing one of their signature numbers Baalacoolwe, a Zambian song collected by the Dutch folklorist Jan Marten de Vries.
Listen To Octavia
Dont Leave Nothing But The Babe from he CD Angel Band
Balacoolwe from the CD Shout
Ill Fly Away from the CD Angel Band
Marmica Na Stazi from the CD Angel Band
Photos of Octavia
Music For A Summer Evening - July 2019
Blues In The Pews - April 2018