Abi Orfila -Vocals, backing vocals, piano, percussion.
Louise Orfila – Vocals, backing vocals, piano, guitar, tambourine.
Matt Orfila – Guitar, vocals, backing vocals, harmonica, banjo, ukulele.
“An incredibly talented trio. Superb.”
Dave Cash, BBC Radio Kent
“One of the UK’s top country acts”
ORFILA are a UK country trio consisting of siblings Abi, Louise and Matt Orfila originally formed in Folkestone in Kent but now based in both Folkestone and Oxted, Surrey.
They first performed together as a band in mid 2012 when they supported BBC Radio 2 playlist singer/songwriter Ben Montague, UK rock band Dodgy, Canadian folk artist Andrew James O’Brien and Irish folk legend Sharon Shannon later that year. After supporting Beverley Craven and Albert Hammond the following year the band begun working on their debut album “Writing on the Wall”. The release resulted in the band opening the main stage at the Gibraltar Music Festival for The Script, Rita Ora, Roger Hodgson, Tony Hadley, John Newman, James Arthur, Maxi Priest, Scouting For Girls, Reef, Ella Eyre and Newton Faulkner. The band received airplay on over 100 European radio stations, including BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC Radio Scotland, and the album earned positive reviews in leading UK magazines such as Maverick and Rock Society. They were also chosen as featured artists on BBC Radio Kent (on the James Whale show) and were featured on UK Country Radio and Country Music Radio Nashville. Their single “Come Back” also reached number 9 in the Irish Country Music Charts.
In 2015 the band continued to play gigs including the Bedford in London and featured on BBC Radio Kent numerous times for the Dave Cash Country Show. The band also began writing and laying down demos for their sophomore album which was recorded by Sean Genockey (an engineer who has recorded with Roger Daltrey). All tracks were written by the band and featured an array of guest musicians including Lee Pommeroy from Jeff Lynne’s ELO, pedal steel player BJ Cole, and Travis Toy and Tom Yankton both from Rascal Flatts’ touring/recording band. In August 2016 the band released the album “Never Slowin’ Down” which garnered critical acclaim from Dave Cash from BBC Radio Kent (who premiered tracks from the album on his show), the world’s leading country music and line dancing magazine Up Country as well as many more websites and magazines. The album’s lead single “It Would Be You” hit the top 10 of the iTunes UK Country Chart.
Earlier that year the band played at the first ever Yamaha Soho Hoedown, a competition for UK country artists to win a coveted slot at the Country 2 Country music festival at the O2 Arena alongside Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town. The band were announced winners of the competition and played on the Big Entrance Stage on the Sunday. The band received positive feedback, most notably from the organisers of C2C who described them as “brilliant.” The band are now also Yamaha supported artists. The band were invited to open up the main stage of the Gibraltar Music Festival for a second time in September 2016 and opened up for The Stereophonics, Jess Glynne, Paul Young, Brian Ferry, Europe, KT Tunstall, The Fratellis and Heather Small. Shortly afterwards they supported acclaimed guitarist Antonio Forcione and in October they toured Nashville, playing at a number of showcases.
2017 marked the five year anniversary of the band and they celebrated the milestone by playing a headline show at the Penny Theatre in Canterbury (a venue that Radiohead, Reef and The Cranberries had played previously played) and by recording an EP consisting of new tracks. The EP, “Built With A Dreamer’s Hand”, features Tom Leary from Feast of Fiddles and was released in December 2017. The band also played Country 2 Country once again, this time performing on two stages. They were featured in Maverick magazine, performed on Dom King’s Drivetime on BBC Radio Kent and have had tracks played on Chris Country, BBC Scotland, BBC Essex, Bauer Regional and UK Country Radio among others. They continued to regularly play gigs notably opening for UK country music legend Hank Wangford, playing at Buckle and Boots festival, playing at the Bluebird Sessions and opening for UK country artist Katy Hurt. They were also nominated for three UK Country Radio Awards; UK Country Album of the Year, UK Country Group of the Year and UK Country Artist of the Year.
Recently their latest single “Snow, Rain and a Hurricane” featured as track of the day for BBC Introducing: The South and their EP was given 5 stars by Maverick who described it as “excellent” and the band as “one of the UK’s best country acts”. In early 2018 the band played at Pizza Express Music Room in Maidstone alongside UK country artists Liv Austen, Steve Young and Simon James among others. They have recently played at the Welshpool Country Festival (one of the largest country music festivals in Wales), FSA Festival, headlined the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and will be playing at the Milport Country Music Festival (the biggest independent country music festival in Scotland) in September.
“Brilliant”- Country 2 Country Music Festival
“Impressive harmonies….Enormous potential”- Maverick
“Exceptional musical talent, suburb harmonies and total stage presence . The complete package”- Yamaha Music London
“Those kids are great”- Albert Hammond, Musician OBE, Singer Songwriter, Member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame
“They’re fantastic”- Beverley Craven
“Great songs, awesome voices – a group to watch out for”- Jamie Crompton, Musician (Suzi Quatro Band and Wishbone Ash) and Guitarist Magazine columnist
“Fantastic voices and brilliant songwriters”- Adam Dowling, BBC Radio Kent Presenter
“Awesome, absolutely awesome. An incredibly talented trio. Superb”- Dave Cash, BBC Radio and former TV (Top of the Pops) Presenter
“Very Professional and extremely talented”- Richard Digance Singer Songwriter/Comedian and BBC Radio Devon Presenter
“…A gloriously uplifting acoustic Folk/Pop album on which exquisite three part harmony vocals are outstanding features……the complete package.”- ROCK SOCIETY Magazine
“This Music is fabulous”- Dominic King, BBC Radio Kent Presenter
“Fantastic harmonies”- Hank Wangford, UK country musician
“The best UK country band I’ve heard in years”-Andy Snipper, www.music-news.com
“Simply beautiful”- Belles and Gals