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Helian are a Folk Quartet consisting of, Rhiannon (vocals & flute), Che (guitar), Ben (cello), and Niamh (harp), they all met at Leeds Conservatoire, where they all graduated in music performance.

Having all been making music from their early days, each member of Helian brings a unique pool of experience and talent into the project.  Taking influence from the folk traditions of England, Ireland, Scotland, and Scandinavia, their sound pivots between smooth, shimmery and atmospheric.

Helian believes that music can be a powerful tool for self-expression, positive change, and bringing people together. By translating their thoughts into music, Helian hopes to connect with others and help them through difficult times. Ultimately, Helian aims to share their music with as many people as possible while creating a sense of peace and togetherness in the world.

They have performed at festivals such as Sidmouth Folk Festival, Gate to Southwell, Great North Folk Festival, and Dart Music Festival.  They have had the privilege of supporting artists such as Martin Carthy, Show of Hands and John Smith. Helian's anticipated debut EP is on the cusp of being released. 




Niamh Flynn and Charlie Birkett, are a harp and fiddle folk duo based in Leeds and Scotland. They met during their music studies at Leeds Conservatoire, where they both graduated in music performance. 

Their tunes combines the sounds of traditional Scottish and English music, with a contemporary, modern feel. Playing a range of tune styles from emotional slow airs, to foot stopping, fast reels, they weave melodic fiddle lines, with rhythmic yet atmospheric harp parts. Exploring themes such a love, loss and nature, they take massive influence from their respective homes. Charlie looks deeply into the techniques and tradition of Scotland, more specifically the boarders, where she grew up. Niamh delves into the stories and folklore of Devon and Cornwall, having grown up in Exeter. 


Telling stories through tunes is a really important part of the duo, they make every performance as personal and as expressive as possible. Tailoring their sets for where they play and who they're playing for.

Niamh and Charlie have performed at festivals and venues across the UK, such as Hyde park folk club, The Hirsel, Great North Folk Festial, Celtic Connections and many more. 

Niamh and Charlie are in the process of recording and studio album, but a live EP from their current set at Celtic Connections is soon to be released.

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