Holly Phelps under alias, IORA, blends alt-pop, a combination of vocal and instrumental harmonies, with electronic samples, sounds and field recording. As a Roundhouse Resident Artist alumnus, IORA has been busy with her latest single ‘Nylon’ as well as Headline launch show and Glastonbury performances.
IORA’s collaboration, ‘Waiting’, received support from Radio 1’s BBC Introducing with Gemma Bradley and the Chillest Show with Sian Eleri. Her latest release ‘Animal’ received support from BBC Introducing North West and played on the Live Lounge Special show. As well as being playlisted by Sigrid for her personal BBC playlist.
Past live shows include: playing a headline show at Manchester’s Band on the Wall, Eagle Inn and Low Four Studios; as well as a sold-out show at the Roundhouse (supporting Badly Drawn Boy); sold-out shows at the Kazimier Garden Liverpool and the Roundhouse London (both supporting Stealing Sheep). IORA performed the closing song for Headstock’s show on United We Stream in memory of Ian Curtis. The show was to raise money for the Mental health Charity ‘Mind’, performing with the untold Orchestra and the northern session Choir. IORA has also done live streams for Liverpool Sound City, BBC Introducing Manchester, and the Roundhouse ‘Rising’ festival hosted by Moses Boyd. IORA has received funding from the PRS Emerging Artist Fund, the Women Make Music Fund, PRS Open Fund and Help Musicians. Other support from Jenna G, Reform Radio, Thirty Pound Gentlemen, Brighter Sound, The Roundhouse, and The Sage Gateshead.
Holly was featured as the singing voice of the lead character in the Multi Award-winning short film Time Bascule’ by Di Maidstone, winning awards in Athens, Montreal, Los Angeles and the Indie X film festival. Most recently, Holly will be performed in ‘Deep Blue’, an Arts Council-supported piece of New Writing Gig theatre at Liverpool Everyman. Sound for podcasts, theatre, audiobooks, film and virtual reality.