The Jellyman's Daughter

Photo by Jannica Honey

Photo by Jannica Honey

The Jellyman's Daughter is an acoustic duo from Edinburgh. Their interweaving vocal harmonies are complemented by an intriguing mix of cello and acoustic guitar. One of the distinguishing features of The Jellyman's Daughter is the rhythmic style of cello playing that provides a catchy percussive backbeat to some of their songs, contrasted by the intimacy of others.

The Jellyman's Daughter comprises of Emily Kelly (guitar and vocals) and Graham Coe (cello and vocals).

Emily grew up listening to an interesting blend of Christina Aguilera, Norah Jones, The Beatles and bluegrass music. This wide mix of influences combined to give Emily a unique voice, capable of both soothing sensitivity and intense vocal virtuosity.

Graham began playing the cello at the age of seven, and while he was trained classically, from the outset he was always enthused by the pieces that involved playing as loud as possible, or playing in any style that evoked energy and furore.

This craving for excitement in cello playing took a new twist when he met Emily at university. It was at this point that Emily led Graham to bluegrass bands who utilise the ‘chopping' technique to give rhythmic propulsion to songs. This expanded Graham's horizons as to the sonic possibilities of the cello, and its potential as an instrument in a band.

Emily and Graham soon discovered a keen interest in staying up until the early hours playing songs together, and occasionally making a recording or two. Then the opportunity arose to play at Hogmanay at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen; encouraged by the crowd's enthusiastic reception, The Jellyman's Daughter was born. Soon after, they began playing in pubs and bars around the city, these weekly gigs allowing the duo to develop their performance together and build up a collection of alternative arrangements of songs they both enjoyed.

In July, work began on original material for an EP – the four songs were written, recorded, mixed and mastered in two weeks, all in the cosy confines of Graham's bedroom. This release coincided with hefty amount of busking at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

After a second successful Hogmanay gig at the The Blue Lamp, January 2013 saw the band secure a slot on the Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections, along with supporting Jarlath Henderson in Aberdeen in March. The Jellyman’s Daughter continued to expand with gigs around Scotland, including Douglas Robertson’s infamous house, Tinderbox Fest at Summerhall, the Born to Be Wide Edinburgh night at Electric Circus and various gigs at Henry’s Cellar Bar, Voodoo Rooms, the Jazz Bar, Sneaky Pete’s, Wee Red Bar, the Old Hairdresser’s in Glasgow and many more. 

2014 kicked off with some exciting gigs including a house concert or two, in the form of Sofar Sounds and Homespun Bookings. More excitement lies ahead with the confirmation of a slot at Kelburn Garden Party in July. Now, The Jellyman's Daughter can only grow as they continue to develop and write exciting new songs, with an EP and album due for release in 2014.

Eventbrite - Wide Days 2014 Showcases - The Pleasance Theatre

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