Bess of Bedlam
Folly Tales will be available for pre-order from 7th June, ahead of the full release on 5th July, 2019.
“From France comes Folly Tales, the lovely debut album from singer and keyboard player in baroque popsters Odessey & Oracle, Bess of Bedlam. For her first solo work, however, she's traded in the psychedelic pop moves of the group in favour of an ethereal and somewhat moving folk. Magickal.”
- Thomas Patterson, Shindig!
Literature and music have frequently depicted Bethlem or Bedlam as a land of fools or the Babylon of degenerates since its foundation in 15th Century London. In 1683 Henry Purcell published “From Silent Shades" - introducing “Mad Bess” to the world. Bess escaped her imprisonment to tell the tale through the veil of the English Restoration.
A resident of Lyon, Fanny L’Héritier is Bess of Bedlam. Her arrangements employ a variety of instruments (classical and electromechanical pianos, 70’s analogue synthesizers, acoustic & electric guitars, banjo & dobro) with charm, whimsy and humour.