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Marina Florance

Written by  Helen Meissner
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Marina Florance
Marina Florance, much lauded singer songwriter who lives in Norwich and is a regular on BBC Norfolk, has been involved with Helen Meissner's Folkstock musicians community since inception. Marina was instrumental in running a stage at the first Hertfordshire festival Folkstock organised in 2013. Since then a label has grown out of the festival ashes and Marina featured on the last critically acclaimed compilation album, The F Spot which was recommended by The Sunday Times and gained a 4* star review in The Telegraph. 

Marina who was last year enjoyed by thousands at Cambridge Folk Festival, has been chosen to perform, along with three other acts selected by Folkstock, in a prestigious London Folk and Roots Festival event on 4th November at the Islington. Marina has been gaining a legion of fans since becoming 'Soundclouder of the Day' with another of her original songs and having a track recorded by Anthony Head. The song was chosen by a panel of judges from Radio 2 including Ken Bruce, Terry Wogan and Johnny Walker in an 'Oldies Composers Competition'. It resulted in Marina's song 'Cry' being performed by the instantly recognisable actor Anthony Head on ITV's This Morning and many plays across the BBC network. 

Marina with East of England BBC presenter Sue Marchant after being awarded Best Solo Artist in the Love Folk Live awards in 2014
 
Marina, who came to her musical life later than most, appeals across all ages and all genres. Living proof that anyone talented enough, at any age, can make a significant contribution to the music scene came soon after making the decision to 'come out of the kitchen' when Marina was awarded Arts Council Funding, via the 'Escalator Project' to record her debut album Somewhere Down the Line. Marina's appeal is further evidenced by attracting airplay on the 'trendy new music ' Tom Robinson show on BBC 6 Music.'You're never too old to emerge' aptly quipped Marina recently on social media.
 
It is with great pleasure that Marina's most recent and never before released track, Little Black Cloud has been included in a new compilation cd called DOWNTOWN. Here's the song on the compilation which Marina performs, 
 
 
 
The other acts on the album include Cambridge based Fred's House, Zoe Wren and Ben Smith, Kelly Oliver who recently conducted a mini tour in Norfolk and appeared on Mustard TV live, Kaity Rae, Daria Kulesh and Minnie Birch from Hertfordshire. This selection celebrates all eight acts who are performing under the label banner and is being released on November 12th. It has been featured, along with the showcases it relates to, by The Telegraph as 'Martin Chilton's Gig Pick'
 
Everyone pre booking tickets to the event on 4th November can apply for a free download of the entire album, free of charge as a thank you for supporting live music. Tickets are available here for the London Folk and Roots night at which Marina is performing. http://dmpuk.com/live/events/4-nov-15-folkstock-emerging-talent-night--freds-house-the-islington/ . Marina will probably perform this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey7cnhNPCFM

 

 

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