Helian //thus: [noun] is a genus of plants in the Asteraceae family, commonly known as sunflowers. Sunflowers are known for their large, yellow, daisy-like flowers with dark centers, and are native to North and South America. They are widely cultivated for their edible seeds, oil, and as ornamental plants. The name "Helianthus" comes from the Greek words "helios" meaning sun, and "anthos" meaning flower, hence "sunflower" which literally means "flower of the sun"
Rhiannon (vocals & flute), Che (guitar), Ben (cello), and Niamh (harp), 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, whilst they explore stories surrounding location, love, loss, nature, the human experience, and family.