Penelope Isles play live in Brighton record store

Posted On 25 Jan 2022 at 11:08 am

Penelope Isles live at Resident, Brighton 21.1.22 (pic Phil Newton) (click pic to enlarge)


Brighton based Penelope Isles dropped their second Bella Union long player today and in celebration the band headed on down to popular Brighton record store Resident music in Kensington Gardens for a special instore live performance and record signing.

Penelope Isles ‘Which Way To Happy’  album artwork

The title of this new platter is ‘Which Way To Happy’ and it contains the following eleven tunes:
‘Rocking At The Bottom’
‘Play It Cool’
‘Iced Gems’
‘Sailing Still’
‘Miss Moon’
‘Have You Heard’
‘Pink Lemonade’
‘11 11’
‘In A Cage’

Penelope Isles live at Resident, Brighton 21.1.22 (pics Phil Newton) (click pics to enlarge)

‘Which Way To Happy’ was produced by Penelope Isles Jack Wolter and was mixed by US alt-rock legend Dave Fridmann. It follows on from their highly acclaimed ‘Until The Tide Creeps In’ debut album which was released back in 2019 on Bella Union records.

This evening’s live performance was originally scheduled for Friday 5th November 2021, but Covid had other ideas.

Penelope Isles live at Resident, Brighton 21.1.22 (pic Phil Newton) (click pic to enlarge)

Tonight inside Resident, Penelope Isles have expanded to a sextet and thus their usual guitar, bass, keyboards and drums are bolstered by the addition of horns and violin. They performed half a dozen tracks from the rear of the store in front of and sitting on the sales counter, with the first four (‘Miss Moon’, ‘Pink Lemonade’, ‘Terrified’ and ‘Sailing Still’) being found on their new release. The final number, ‘Leipzig’, can be located on their debut album. Song five was titled ‘I Dreamed A Beach’ and I do believe that this is a brand new unreleased number.

As always Penelope Isles are a likeable bunch and Lily’s and brother Jack’s warmth shone through. They had even brought along homemade chocolate truffles for those in attendance to enjoy. Each tune was dutifully rewarded with hearty handclaps from us lot and after their enjoyable set, they dutifully signed copies of the ‘Which Way To Happy’ album.

The Penelope Isles musicians today were:
Jack Wolter – guitar/vocals
Lily Wolter – keys/vocals
Joe Taylor – drums
Henry Nicholson – bass
Claus Højensgård – horns
Holly Carpenter – violin

The proposed Penelope Isles setlist (pic Phil Newton) (click pic to enlarge)

Penelope Isles setlist:
‘Miss Moon’
‘Pink Lemonade’
‘Sailing Still’
‘I Dreamed A Beach’

If you are interested in attending any of the forthcoming instore performances by other artists at Resident, then click HERE for further information.

The Brighton & Hove News Music Team have been fortunate to have witnessed Penelope Isles live on many occasions and they never fail to deliver. Read our report from their sold out concert at CHALK in Brighton during 2019 – CLICK HERE.

Check out Penelope Isles music on their Bandcamp page HERE. You can also order your Penelope Isles merch from their store HERE.

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Penelope Isles instore performances flyer

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