The music of Manchester based pianist and singer-songwriter Ollie West has shifted dramatically since his formative years playing at open mic nights aged 14. 10 years of writing and performing has seen him work with multiple carnations of his band that have included everything from solo gigs, a 4 piece rock and roll band right up to 24 musicians on stage at one time. Initially inspired by the music of Billy Joel, Elbow and Joni Mitchell, Ollie’s writing has explored jazz, folk, world music, pop, rock, prog and classical music to create a unique sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Now, along with long time band members Ashley Garrod, Pete Leaver and James Cooke, the band welcome tenor horn player Nat Martin, violinist Aninka Nesporova and percussionist, backing vocalist and everything in-between-ist Raye Harvey to the fold to form Ollie West & The Wildflowers. This band isn't your standard outfit; their diversity shows in their career to date. Their debut album “Time Stood Still” from 2019 took the band around the UK on a 16 date tour that included sell out shows in Manchester, London and The Wirral, and the success of single “Home” from that record saw them become “Young Artist Of The Week” on classical music station Scala Radio, with multiple plays on the station from Simon Mayo, Angellica Bell and Sam Hughes. The release of the folk-pop ballad “Shelf Life” during the pandemic achieved recognition from local BBC stations and widespread critical acclaim; this was followed swiftly by gospel influenced “The Promise”, featuring spoken word artist Sunflower Bill and a 52 piece choir. “Count To Four” was released in November to positive reviews, and now the bands latest single “Bird” is a heartfelt folk ballad performed by Ollie on the Appalachian dulcimer; the very same instrument made famous by Joni Mitchell on “A Case Of You”.
The future is bright for this young ensemble. Ten years of preparation have led to this day, and now they are ready to take the UK music scene by storm; are you ready to welcome them?
"The tracks of Ollie West and his band are excellent examples of pop/fusion; sophisticated changes, literate lyrics layered upon a fine groove."
- Dean Friedman, Songwriter
"This week, we all hail Ollie West and his band. So atmospheric, fabulous young talent"
- Angellica Bell, Scala Radio
“You've got talent, oodles of it.”
- Neil McCormick, Music Journalist