Of her own volition, Grand Rapids-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Mainville dove headfirst into the world of music as early as the fifth grade, when she had begun playing viola and upright bass in orchestra. Following her first Wheatland Festival in 2012, Mainville fell in love with the idea of performing her own songs on stage, which eventually inspired her 2014 gypsy swing and baroque pop debut EP, Full Steam Ahead featuring members of The Accidentals.
Since the release of her first solo output, Olivia has forged a unique path, becoming known alongside her band, the Aquatic Troupe, for their energized, dynamic performances and their gargantuan musical talent. Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe’s debut album, Maybe the Saddest Thing, released on December 10th, 2015 with a special guest appearance by none other than David Bowie’s bandleader and lead guitarist, Gerry Leonard —their multifarious, enthusiastic delivery is sure to be a hit with listeners everywhere.
“Maybe the Saddest Thing is the evocative title for the new record from Olivia Mainville & the Aquatic Troupe, an inventive and genre-crossing band from Holland, Michigan. A powerful melodic gale, “Ignorable Souls” is one of its songs, swirling with a quietly-contained and otherworldly energy.”
Unknown – The Autumn Roses
“This young Holland singer-songwriter ranks among the hardest-working musicians in West Michigan and her unusually talented band, creates folk music that’s truly singular and indescribable.”
John Sinkevics – Holland Sentinel
“Combining the best of gyspy, folk, punk, and jazz into her overarching set, there’s no one really on the scene at all like Olivia”
Jonathan Frahm – Jonathan Frahm