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Some of our favourite moments…

Orfila had a brilliant 2013, here are some of our favourite moments:

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Very excited for this year! Follow us on twitter and Facebook for more info and announcements that we have coming up!

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Louise xx

A thought for 2014…

This is one of my favourite quotes. I’m bringing it into 2014 with me so I thought I’d share it with you:

“A new year is a time to remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken. The times we opened ourselves up to great adventures or closed ourselves down for fear of getting hurt because that is what new years is all about- getting another chance. A chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more. And stop worrying about ‘what if’ and start embracing what would be. So when that ball drops at midnight and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other. And not just tonight, but all year long…”

Happy new year everybody!!

Louise xx

Happy New Year!

…Where to start??!

This year, I’ve seen and experienced so many amazing things. There have been some unexpected challenges that have been a test of strength… and I cannot express how grateful I am to the people in my life for keeping me strong and for making this year what it was. All the crazy things I make you do, all the adventures I make you endure with me, the whole me-being-crazy-busy but you not giving up on me just because of that…. thank you so much to everyone who stood by my side, even when I didn’t deserve it. I owe you a lot, and I always will.

Music has always been a HUGE part of my life, but this year, things have started to escalate and we (Abi, Matt and I) have been SO lucky. The opportunities that have come our way have been incredible. It’s all been leading us to even bigger and better things that we now have planned for 2014. Our album isn’t far off finished and we are so, so, so excited!

I would like to wish you all the best for 2014… I hope that no matter what happens, you’ll stay positive, achieve all the things you want to, surround yourself with people you love and people who love you for who you are.

Louise xx

 

An Orfila Christmas…

So, yet another Christmas has been celebrated…! It’s crazy! To think it all began months ago when we were sat in a restaurant in London and they started playing Christmas songs and we were saying how far away Christmas was… It’s mad how quickly it comes around!

Christmas is so special to us Orfs, as I’m sure it is to you too. It’s a time for family and close friends to share special moments and make some very special memories that will be treasured forever.

We have our own traditions at Christmas and have celebrated it in the exact same way every single year since I can remember. I am pretty sure it will be the same until the first of us, either Matt, Abi or I, gets married and decides it’s time to create a Christmas with our own little people!

Christmas has always been magical since I can remember. The whole build up… writing letters to Santa Claus, school Christmas musicals back in the day, choosing and purchasing a Christmas jumper, playing all the classic Christmas songs, doing Christmas gigs (as of the last 7/8 years), putting the decorations up (the sparkly lights are always my favourite part), going to Christmas parties, going to see all the Christmas lights, buying presents, wrapping the presents, seeing family that I haven’t seen all year, going to church, eating lots of yummy food… The list goes on and on! It really is the most wonderful time of the year!!!

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Santa was good to the Orfs again this year. Between us we got a banjo, a new guitar, an accordion and a cajón (percussion box!)… We are so lucky and so so so grateful! This year there is going to be even more musical-madness!

I hope you all had a lovely time!

Louise xx

Christmas Carol: The Musical

Well, this week has been incredible! I have been in a production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ as the Ghost of Christmas Past… And I LOVED every single second of it! The music, the script, story, cast, crew, scenery, audiences were all amazing and I feel truly blessed to have been involved in such a magical show! The story is so lovely and the music is beautifully written by Alan Menken, who wrote the music for my favourite Disney film, ‘Beauty And The Beast’!! So, with that and the fact that it’s all about Christmas, it was a very pretty and magical production – a pleasure to be a part of!

The whole experience has been one to remember and I am extremely proud of my friends and family who were also involved. Oh, the many laughs we had both onstage and offstage!! I’ll treasure the memories, always.

Also, a huge thank you to everybody who came along to support this show, it’s really appreciated!

I took SO many pictures but here are just a few snapshots of the musical-madness:

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Although it’s sad that the show run has now ended, I am really looking forward to the next few weeks! It’s all going to be VERY musical, very Christmassy and very magical! I will be posting blogs about what I get up to… As always, there’s going to be lots of gigs, recording, writing and also many Christmas-related happenings taking place so I will be taking plenty of pictures!

Louise xx

Fun, fun, fun!

So, this week has been full of many more exciting things! Lots happening but here’s just a few of the things we’ve been up to over the past week:

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Above: Orfila played at The Tower Theatre on Friday for a show to help raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital! Well done to James Vince and everyone involved for supporting such a good cause!

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Above: Orfila with James Vince after our interview at Academy FM this week!

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Above: Orfila at Academy FM with radio presenters Clayton and Luke after our interview!

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Above: The Orfila Sisters with ‘Cover Drive’ before we supported them – lovely people and brilliant performers!

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Above: Me and Abi with our friend and tv presenter, James Sherwood!! Lovely guy, always has us laughing – joins us on stage at an event at least once a year… It’s becoming a tradition!

This has been yet another awesome week, feeling very blessed! Lots more exciting things coming up… watch this space!!

Louise xx

Birmingham: More studio-fun!!

So, Orfila were back in Birmingham last week to continue working on our album! We have nearly recorded all the tracks and its becoming even more exciting! We just want to say a big thank you to everyone involved, everyone who’s supporting us and everyone who’s making this possible in the first place – we are so so so grateful!!

As always, I took plenty of pictures, and have attached a few to this blog post:

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Above: Orfila in the studio ready for the day ahead!

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Above: Finding levels so I could record some guitar and vocals!

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Above: Tom and Ben… (our Brum musician-friends) recording guitar parts and drums… which are sounding great!

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Above: Abi recording piano and Matt dancing alongside!!

It’s all coming together now and won’t be long till it’s ready! More details will be announced after Christmas!

Keep up to date via:

@OrfilaMusic

or

www.facebook.com/OrfilaMusic

Thank you!

Louise xx

Jon Allen: Tower Theatre 2013

Our musician-friend, Jon Allen, came back to The Tower Theatre in Folkestone last night!! He performed an acoustic gig which was a mixture of songs from both his albums. Jon has been touring over the past few months and is currently recording some new material at the moment – some of which, he played for us last night. It was such a good gig. Acoustic gigs are always brilliant, there’s just something about pure, acoustic live music… I can’t explain it, but I just love it so much!

This is me and Abi with Jon after the gig:

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Also, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has ‘liked’ my music page on facebook!!! It’s now reached 620…. So, THANK YOU!!!

It would also be amazing to build up the www.facebook.com/OrfilaMusic page too because… well ….. we may or may not have some exciting news coming up soon…!!?

SO, I thought I’d leave you with a link to one of Jon’s songs. I do love a lot of your songs, J-man, but I think this one has to be my favorite.

Louise xx

Orfilary Things!

I have always loved performing, whether it’s in a musical or at a gig. Been gigging a lot over the past few months with ‘Orfila and we are having so much fun! Literally feel so lucky to play music and write songs with my brother and sister – love them both so much!

Here’s a few pics from our gigs this weekend:

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Huge thank you to everyone who came along to support us – never goes unnoticed and we really do appreciate it! Also, well done to the other acts who we shared the stage with this weekend, all brilliant performers!!

As well as gigging as much as we can, we’re off to Birmingham in a couple of weeks to carry on recording our album! Lots of things happening in preparation of this album… all very exciting!

To get updates of what we are up to follow us on twitter and like us on facebook:

http://www.twitter.com/OrfilaMusic

http://www.facebook.com/OrfilaMusic

Louise xx

Slightly New Venture…

Have had a brilliant few days in London filming for new feature films ‘The Theory of Everything’ and ‘Legacy’. This is something different for me and I really enjoyed it. I thought I’d share some pics of the madness that is ‘behind the scenes’…!

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Above: In my 70s costume with my new lil film-buddy, Oscar! (The Theory of Everything)

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Above: The guys from costume decided I needed a lil green owl on my shoulder! Rather cute companion and was very well behaved! (The Theory of Everything)

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Above: One of the scenes is set here, will look completely different when edited for the film as it was transformed into a 70s-street in Cambridge!

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Above: Snazzy shots of the door signs for Legacy Movie UK… ’cause, why not!? (For those who don’t know me well, I take lots of pictures… of everything!!)

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Above: This is a lil pic of where I had my hair and make-up done for Legacy Movie UK.

Both very different settings and experiences but both just as good! Met some brilliant actors and made some lovely friends!

Also, managed to finally go and see ‘The Book of Mormon’ and meet the cast. It’s such a fantastic show!! THE funniest musical I have ever seen!! (My own, personal opinion)

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Many more exciting things are happening over the next few months, cannot wait! Feeling very lucky, blessed, focused and determined ♥

Louise xx