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LIVE Shows

Mar 14, 2020

Sunfold, Beech Road, Weston Super Mare

The Sounds Of Ursa @ Unfold at Sunfold festival, Weston Super Mare

We're delighted to be joining a very impressive bill of local and national bands at this very intimate festival. This will be a Sounds of Ursa Duo show with Ursa and her loyal comrade Boris Ming on electric violin.

Dec 29, 2019

The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

The Sounds of Ursa @ The Canteen, Bristol

Sunday lunchtime show at one of bristol's greatest music venue. Great food great sounds - join us!

Nov 23, 2019

Greennote, Camden, London

The Sounds of Ursa @ The Greennote, Camden

The Sounds Of Ursa are delighted to be traveling to London to play the world famous Greennote. Tickets on sale now.

Oct 31, 2019

Cafe Kino, Bristol

The Sounds Of Ursa & Sailing Stones Double Bill - Halloween Special! @ Cafe Kino

We're really excited to be announcing this collaborative show... The music of Sailing Stones and The Sounds Of Ursa will no doubt be a perfect match for this doubleheader Halloween special!

Oct 25, 2019

The Barton Inn, Nr Somerton

The Sounds Of Ursa Live @ The Barton Inn

1st show of our little run of shows this Autumn / Winter. If you're in the Somerset area 'The Sounds Of Ursa' are playing the legendary Barton Inn on Sat 26th Oct for FREE ENTRY, I know!
We're also playing a slightly longer set, so more of our dark, sexy 'imagined film soundtrack' instrumentals will feature alongside the 'songs' and the beauty.
So if you dig David Lynch but also the Cinematic Orchestra and perhaps need the dust of everyday life washed away whilst taken on a sonic journey... see you there pal!

Sep 13, 2019

St Luke & St Andrew's Church, Priston Village, Bath 2:30 - 3:30

The Sounds Of Ursa Live @ The Chapel, Priston Festival

Ursa performs in the village parish church at this annual community festival set in the beautiful countryside of Somerset. This will be the 1st performance with the addition of drummer Emma Holbrook and bassist Kat Coles completing the lineup of 6. Ursa is pleased to be returning to Priston Festival where the 1st ever Ursa show happened (!)after 3 years of development we feel it marks a new era.

Apr 22, 2019

The Bell Inn, Bath

U R S A live @ The Bell Inn

We’re excited to be hitting the stage once more in such a truly intimate setting. Beautiful ethereal dream pop to serenade your post bank holiday blues!

Jan 18, 2019

El Rincoln, Bristol

U R S A Live @ El Rincoln

Performing with as many band members as the bijou El Rincon permits, this evening promises to be an intimate and v special one!

Jul 18, 2018

The Anglican Chapel, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

The Chapel Sessions - U R S A, Martin Callingham & Tony Almond

THE CHAPEL SESSIONS are a new series of intimate musical events held in the beautiful setting and acoustics of The Anglican Chapel at Arnos Vale Cemetery.


U R S A - Is the brand new solo project and alias of Bristol-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Helen Stanley. Her beautifully fractured lullabies, whispering tales of those fallen from grace, steer the listener through emotive, cinematic, ethereal arrangements with her keys and voice at the helm. A debut EP, 'Patience Panacea' is due for release this autumn and tonight she has a brand new band accompanying her. With an unusual instrumental line up including Vibes, Hammered Dulcimer and Electric violin and more this will be an opportunity to experience U R S A as a dynamic immersive show.

May 02, 2018

Café Kino, Bristol

Martin Callingham & U R S A

Presented by Oh Schmo Records

7:30pm - Doors

8:00pm - U R S A


Apr 17, 2018

The Greenbank Pub, Bristol

Undergrowth with U R S A and Ryan McMurtry


Undergrowth put on a regular night at The Greenbank Pub, Easton, the third Wednesday of every month. If you like your music lyrical, hypnotic, surreal, crafted, door slammingly punk, toe tappingly pop and throwing paper airplanes through the skylight at the moon folk-ish. Then you're in the right place. Dive into the long grass. And take a swim.

Jan 23, 2018

Miners Arms, St Werburgs, Bristol

U R S A live @ Presence Unplugged

All poets, singers, musicians and artists are welcome to share their musings and creations in a relaxed and supportive environment with no amplification just appreciative ears and open hearts! This week's featured artist: U R S A

Sep 17, 2016

Priston Village Church, Priston, Bath 13:00

U R S A live @ Priston Festival

1st ever show!

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The sounds of

U r s a

“We dream true desires guiltlessly. Retr the music and alias of Bristol, UK singer-songwriter, composer and pianist Helen Stanley.

Helen’s songwriting narrates snap-shot tales of falls from grace, introspective victories, touches of prevalent madness and epiphany elation in equal measure, drawn from her perspective of the human experience and the beauty of nature.

Although musically the songs have found their ancestral sonic home comfortably among other female piano playing solo artists like Grouper's Ruins, Helen's distinctive arrangements, and instrumental palette as The Sounds of Ursa certainly indicate a dramatic ambition at work.

Dreamy, ethereal threads sewn in by Vibes, Hammered Dulcimer, Musical Saw, and Water-phone ebb and flow in harmony with Helen's keys and voice firmly at the helm, her crew of effected electric strings and synths filling the sails, the rhythm section ably manning the rigging.

‘Imagined film-soundtrack’ instrumentals set the scene where songs can seamlessly emerge and take shape saluting neo-classical composers such as Rachel grimes or drawing comparisons with cinematic acts like 'Other Lives' or 'Agnes Obel'.

The Sounds Of Ursa are undoubtedly in a league of their own and have harnessed a unique cinematic melancholic beauty.

The brand new, debut EP 'Patience Panacea’ is due for release Autumn 2020.

"...captivatingly atmospheric and imbued with a tangible, tender warmth..."


"The Sounds of Ursa offers gently enveloping swathes of sound to get lost in..."


"You may find yourself at an unlikely crossroad where the unsettling highway

to David Lynch's Twin Peaks has been re-scored by the Cocteau Twins."


Live line-up:

Helen Stanley - Piano / Wurlitzer Electric Piano / Synths / Lead Vocals

Boris Ming - Electric violin / Synths

Emma Holbrook - Drums / Drum machine

Mike Kingston - Electric Guitar / Synths / Electric bass

Kat Coles - Electric bass / Synths / B.vocals


Additional co-conspirators:

James Phillips - Drums

David Insua-Cao - Vibes / Hammered Dulcimer

Catherine Flynn - B. Vocals / Autoharp / Harmonium

Mark Furnevall - Electric bass / Synths

Guy Fowler - Electric / Double Bass


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