Lisa Knapp

Lisa Knapp

EVENTS WITH LISA

It’s been 12 years since her remarkable debut album Wild And Undaunted marked Lisa Knapp as one of the brightest and most innovative stars of a newly invigorated British folk movement. A child of the 90s rave scene, Lisa found herself drawn to the honesty of the ballads she heard at South London folk clubs and the dexterous Irish fiddle tunes she began joining in with at pub sessions. From there she immersed herself in library manuscripts, pored over second-hand records from the 70s and sought out the masters of traditional music to learn from. Working with partner and producer Gerry Diver, she forged a new path through these old songs that is uniquely and spellbindingly hers.

“A unique voice” - Uncut

Over the years, she’s worked with some of the finest musicians in folk music and beyond: Robert Plant, Eliza Carthy, Graham Coxon, Sam Lee, Olivia Chaney, Leafcutter John, Stick In The Wheel - the list goes on.

“Knapp isn’t just a great folk artist, she’s a great artist full stop.” - Morning Star

While it’s true that Lisa Knapp’s music is steeped in old weird England and its mysterious customs, it’s not a nostalgia for idyllic yesteryears. These are records made amidst the reality of a Britain which is anything but merry. You can hear it in her use of sampled street sounds; the cut-up vocals; the very modern manipulation of sound – a tension between then and now where Lisa’s music sparks. These reminders of where we came from also ask us who we are now.

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Heloise Tunstall Behrens, Tanya Auclair, & Luisa Gerstein

Heloise Tunstall Behrens, Tanya Auclair, & Luisa Gerstein

EVENTS WITH HELOISE, TANYA, & LUISA

Heloise Tunstall BehrensTanya Auclair, & Luisa Gerstein are all singers, musicians, composers, and producers living and working in London. They come together in Deep Throat Choir, and the contemporary opera, “The Swarm”, where vocal experimentation and interplay takes centre stage. 

Heloise is currently studying composition at Trinity Laban, Tanya is working on a new LP, and Luisa is scoring music for the Vaudeville production of Emilia.  They will be sharing some of their vocal exploration in this first collaborative performance as a trio: Blood Moon Project.  

Helen Vidovich

Helen Vidovich

EVENTS WITH HELEN

Australian flautist Helen Vidovich is an orchestral and chamber musician. Career highlights include performances at the Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall, and work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

As a member of the Marsyas Trio, Helen’s ensemble projects and commissions have been supported by Arts Council England, the RVW Trust and the PRS and Britten-Pears Foundations. Concert highlights with the trio include international touring and live TV and Radio. Helen’s discography includes A Triple Portrait (Meridian Records 2015), and In the Theatre of Air (NMC Recordings, 2018), which received international airplay and reviews in The Strad, Tempo, the Sunday Times, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone.

Helen undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, following a Master’s degree at the Sydney Conservatorium. Her teachers include Michael Cox (BBC Symphony Orchestra) and Sharon Williams (London Symphony Orchestra). Helen has performed in masterclasses throughout Europe with leading international figures, and has performed as a soloist with the Sydney Chamber Orchestra, including Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with harpist Marshall McGuire.

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Kate St. John

Kate St. John

EVENTS WITH KATE

Kate St. John is a composer/arranger/singer/producer. She is an oboe/cor anglais player but also sings and plays accordion, sax and piano. She was a member of The Dream Academy and has two solo albums, Indescribable Night and Second Sight.

Kate has played with many artists including Van Morrison, Damon Albarn, Marianne Faithfull, Peggy Seeger, Philip Glass, the Waterboys and Tom Waits. She has been Musical Director for many multi-artist shows: Bright Phoebus Revisited, Rogues Gallery, A Not So Silent Night with the McGarrigle/ Wainwright family, Imagining Ireland and tributes to Nick Drake, Nino Rota and Ewan MacColl.

Kate often works as an arranger and has done orchestrations for Laura Marling and Kris Drever with the Scottish Symphony and the Scottish Chamber orchestra

Kate and her husband Neill MacColl produced Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy’s new album Anchor. Together they work doing on set music on films including Far From The Madding Crowd, My Cousin Rachel, The Little Stranger and Dirt Music

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Christo Squier

Christo Squier

EVENTS WITH CHRISTO

Christo Squier is a multidisciplinary artist who primarily works with sound and live performance; a multi-instrumentalist (guitars, voice, flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone), composer, performer and producer.

He is artistic director of progressive brass band Perhaps Contraption, who have toured internationally and relentlessly explored unusual musical terrain since 2004.

Christo released his first solo album as Squier Squier in 2016, which explored a tender, personal songwriting approach; weaving finger-picked acoustic guitar with intricate, electronically processed layers of brass, woodwind and drums.

As an actor/musician/sound designer, Christo has worked with a range of groundbreaking companies including Les Enfants Terribles, Factory, Punchdrunk, Secret Cinema and Shunt. Christo is currently artist-in-residence at Snape Maltings, creating a new theatrical performance for Perhaps Contraption.

Aside from all the musical stuff, Christo is a contact juggler and used to be a professional sand sculptor. He wishes he was better at cooking.

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Kadialy Kouyate

Kadialy Kouyate

“Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyaté showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerizing instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice.” -Time Out London.

Kadialy Kouyate is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.

Since his arrival in the UK Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy. He has been teaching the Kora at Soas university of London for the last decade and he has also been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician.

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Georgia Ruth

Georgia Ruth

Georgia Ruth is a Cardiff-based musician and songwriter from Aberystwyth in West Wales. Her debut album Week of Pines won the Welsh Music Prize in 2013, and she released her second (Fossil Scale) in 2016. She appeared as a guest vocalist on the Manic Street Preachers' Futurology album, and has toured extensively in India: both as a member of Ghazalaw (whose debut record was released on Cerys Matthews' Marvels of the Universe label) and as part of the British Council's Folk Nations project. 

Georgia presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru, and has also presented 'World on 3' for BBC Radio 3. 

Press for Fossil Scale :
“Georgia is finding her own distinct voice” **** Q Magazine
“Slow-burner of a record that rewards repeated listening” **** The Evening Standard
“a wealth of sonic detail” The Independent
“A deeply intelligent return”  Clash Magazine

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

EVENTS WITH AYANNA

Singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative r&b music cannot successfully coexist.

Graduating with a first from both Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Manhattan School of Music, Ayanna was a participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and become an Emerging Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre. She was a featured artist with Courtney Pine’s Afropeans: Jazz Warriors and became the only non-American to win Amateur Night Live at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NYC.

As a composer, she has scored original music for various productions and as an arranger and orchestrator Ayanna has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra (Hugh Masekela), and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Urban Classic).

Since releasing her EP’s Truthfully and Black Panther Ayanna has extensively toured the UK and several countries in Europe, whilst gaining a MOBO award nomination and getting airplay on BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1Xtra. A performer of extraordinary versatility her live shows are intimate journeys that chronicle her experience as a female artist in the 21st century.

Because of her musical prowess, mesmerising vocals, non-compromising lyrics and ability to deftly reinterpret songs on the cello Ayanna is able to straddle both the classical and urban worlds effortlessly.

She is the definition of eclectic soul.

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Tom Stuart

Tom Stuart

Tom is a conservationist, ornithologist, sound recordist and environmentalist. Most recently he's been working for the Institute for European Environmental Policy on the European Commission's forthcoming Pollinators Initiative and case studies highlighting conservation measures that have produced large scale improvements in the status of species and habitats in Europe.

Tom has been ‘resident ornithologist’ for ‘Singing with Nightingales’ for the last three years. He will be sharing his lifelong passion for birds again in 2018, leading appetite-whetting bird-song walks and introducing participants to the life of Nightingales. He is part the team developing the experience at new venues.

Tiff Wear

Tiff Wear

A veteran host of our 2017 & 2018 SWN series, Tiff is a theatre maker and facilitator, exploring the non-verbal languages of space, rhythm and physicality. He facilitates nature based learning experiences for children and adults; volunteering as a trainer with the charity organisation Forest School Camps and curating an annual community gathering in the forest.

He was recently in South America working on a theatre project, and spent two weeks in the Brazilian Amazon living with an indigenous community. He is very interested in the role of ritual within community and what the Western world has to learn from indigenous cosmologies. 

Corin Stuart

Corin Stuart

Corin is a biologist, actor and storyteller. Growing up in East Sussex he has always had a fascination with wildlife and is a particular expert on trees, having worked as a teacher and workshop leader for the urban regeneration charity "Trees for Cities”.

He has hosted events and workshops for many years, often in the persona of the embattled Basil Fawlty. However, for this event he is hoping to keep his cool and offer you a quiet and warm welcome to Sussex and the natural history of the Nightingale.

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Adrian Freedman

Adrian Freedman

EVENTS WITH ADRIAN

Adrian Freedman is a composer and multi-instrumentalist specialising in the shakuhachi, Japanese zen flute. Adrian is a musician of extraordinary breadth. His musical journey encompasses the fields of Baroque music, contemporary and improvised music, folk-fusion, soundtracks for theatre and dance, Japanese traditional music and devotional songs.

Adrian studied music at Manchester University, Guildhall School of Music, and Kyoto Arts University. He lived in Japan for 7 years, where he studied the shakuhachi with renowned master Yokoyama Katsuya. He later lived in Brazil where he became immersed in sacred medicine music rituals of the forest. Arising from his musical and spiritual journey, Adrian has received a collection of more than 100 original songs and chants.

As a composer and musical director, he has worked for Kneehigh Theatre,Wildworks Theatre, Scottish Contemporary Dance, Stopgap Dance Company and many others. Adrian has performed solo recitals and concerts with various ensembles at international festivals and in sacred spaces around the world. His music is heartfelt and full of subtle dynamics that conjure an atmosphere ofrarefied peace, spaciousness and delicate beauty. The scope of his music is diverse, including songs was well as instrumental music, but an ineffable sense of the sacred is felt throughout. 

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Chartwell Dutiro

Chartwell Dutiro

EVENTS WITH CHARTWELL

Chartwell Dutiro is a musician, singer, song-writer, composer, author and teacher. He grew up in rural Zimbabwe and started playing the mbira when he was four. The mbira is an ancient instrument, consisting of at least 22 metal keys mounted on a wooden soundboard. Chartwell and his brother would often play mbira all night, calling the ancestral spirits for guidance, as had been done in Zimbabwe over centuries.

As a teenager Chartwell joined the Salvation Army band, and when he moved to the capital he played in a military marching band. From 1986 to 1994 he toured the world with the legendary “Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited.” Since 1994, Chartwell has been based in Britain, performing, recording, teaching and building bridges through his music.

Chartwell has played the Shona mbira virtually his entire life. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the UK, Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music.

Chartwell is a superb instrumentalist and a soulful singer. His arrangements of Shona traditional music are both innovative and inspirational. He is also a gifted storyteller with a deep sense of history and a wry sense of humor. An evening in his presence is an unforgettable experience.

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Alice Zawadzki

Alice Zawadzki

Alice Zawadzki is an award-winning vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer based in London. Her work as a performer, collaborator, composer and speaker, has seen her gain considerable repute as a distinctive and individual presence on the creative European music scene.

Anglo-Polish Alice’s rich musical background and “whimsical hyper-creativity” (MOJO Magazine) converge into artistry which draws upon her early exposure to New Orleans jazz and gospel with the legendary Lillian Boutté, and extensive classical training as a violinist, and a continuous exploration of improvisation, poetry, and folk music from diverse traditions.

“She is a genuine original– John Fordham, The Guardian

“something of a phenomenon” – MOJO Magazine

“Uncategorisable, beautiful – a real force to be reckoned with” – Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2

She performs extensively as both a soloist and as a collaborator, with headline performances at most of the major UK alternative and jazz venues and festivals. She also performs and collaborates at underground venues in the London scene and on unexpected platforms, with a keenness to nourish music at its roots.

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Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh

Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh

EVENTS WITH CAOIMHIN

If you're wondering how to pronounce his name, try "Kwee-veen Oh Rye Alla" on for size. It's not quite right, but as a first attempt it's not too shabby.

Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh makes music on a 10-string fddle called the hardanger d'amore, and travels the world as a solo musician, in various duos, and as a member of two bands, The Gloaming and This is How we Fly. He has performed on some of the most beautiful stages in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall and the Lincoln Center. He has made ffteen recordings to date, ranging from quite traditional to fairly out there, and continues to explore the region where traditional music begins to disintegrate. Caoimhín is known as a collaborator, having worked with artists such as Laurie Anderson, Amiina and Vincent Moon. He has made music for theatre and flm, including music for the Oscar-nominated movie Brooklyn and Volker Schlondorff's Return to Montauk.

"the most imaginative and fascinating musician in all of trad" - Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, USA

"the missing link between Martin Hayes and Purple Haze" - Nick Kelly, Irish Independent

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John Baily & Veronica Doubleday

John Baily & Veronica Doubleday

Husband and wife team John and Veronica are renowned ethnomusicologists whose work has been invaluable in bringing the music of Afghanistan to the wider world.  Over 3 decades they have produced a steady stream of CDs, books, and articles, tracking the lives of musicians first within Afghan borders, then further afield when making music in that war-torn land became a seriously dangerous thing to do.

Moreover, they have immersed themselves deeply enough in Afghan music to win shauqi status as respected amateur performers: she as a singer, he as a player of the dutar and the boat-shaped rubab lute, with its guttural-ethereal sound-palette.

Lucy Farrell

Lucy Farrell

EVENTS WITH LUCY

As one fourth of The Furrow Collective, Lucy is the current recipient of the BBC Folk Award for Best Group following the release of their widely acclaimed Wild Hog LP, earned during an immensely busy and creative time in which she contributed to the raved about return to form that was the Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band’s Big Machine album and tour, and also saw her final shows with the Emily Portman Trio with whom she’d sung, sawed and played viola for many years.

An inveterate collaborator, the news that Lucy is to take centre stage in her own right comes as a welcome surprise to all those who’ve been entranced by her haunting and quintessentially English voice, subtle and instinctive musicianship and her ability to connect emotionally with an audience while adhering to the great Shirley Collins’ adage that in folk music the singer should never get in the way of the song.

Lucy Farrell first enchanted fans of traditional music when she began performing as a duo with fellow Newcastle Folk Degree graduate Jonny Kearney. Invited to become the regular opening act for The Unthanks, Lucy & Jonny’s blend of wry and lovelorn tales with exquisite interpretations of English, Scottish and American ballads saw them frequently outselling the headline act at the CD stall.

As well as Lucy’s fruitful partnership with singer and songwriter Emily Portman and the award winning harpist and singer Rachel Newton, she has also written, performed and recorded with numerous bands and projects including Dark Northumbrian, Gluepot, a star-studded live tribute to Norma Waterson, and also formed her own group Ogres. Although she’s rejected the conventional career path, Lucy has become one of the most in demand musicians and vocalists on the young folk scene.

Signed to the impressively visionary Hudson Records, Lucy Farrell has returned to the traditional folk songs that have remained at the heart of everything she’s done. These are the ballads that inspire her own compositions, but in their own handed-down beauty and strangeness tell fantastical stories beyond our imaginations. And in her voice they bewitch anew.

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Pete Judge

Pete Judge

EVENTS WITH PETE

Pete Judge is a musician and composer, based in Bristol UK, and has just released his first solo album, a collection of compositions for solo piano.

He plays with and composes for acclaimed post-jazz quartet Get The Blessing (BBC Jazz Award winners), multi-instrumental acoustic trio Three Cane Whale, and ambient-minimalist-improvising duo Eyebrow. Tours and session work include Super Furry Animals, Noel Gallagher (on BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland), Jim Moray, John Parish, Marc Gauvin, and many others. He has also composed music for theatre, film & live ensemble, including Travelling Light Theatre Company, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Shetland Arts Trust, Portland Royal Manor Theatre, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Bristol’s Brunel 200 (the Triangulation project), Aberystwyth Silver Band, b-side multi-media festival, and (with Eyebrow) Taikabox Dance Company.

“The excellent Pete Judge sounds somewhere between the late Don Cherry and the UK's Harry Beckett” (John Fordham, The Guardian)

“Pete Judge is truly magical. The epitome of cool, finely timed musical restraint” (Venue)

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Sam Lee

Sam Lee

How many traditional English folk singers do you know who come from North London, studied at Chelsea School of Art, worked as a forager and wilderness expert while moonlighting as a burlesque dancer – until a chance encounter led to the door of the great Scottish Traveller singer Stanley Robertson, and an extraordinary four-year apprenticeship into the arcane, living world of traditional song that few outside the Traveller and Gypsy communities have ever experienced?

Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector. He’s also been the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective,  founder of the vital Song Collectors’ Collective, and the originator of Singing With Nightingales.

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Kerry Andrew

Kerry Andrew

EVENTS WITH KERRY

Kerry Andrew is a London-based composer, performer and author.

She has a PhD in Composition from the University of York and has won four British Composer Awards. As a composer, she specialises in experimental vocal and choral music, music-theatre and community music.

She performs with the award-winning experimental post-a cappella trio juice vocal ensemble, who have released two albums on the Nonclassical label. She also performs alt-folk as You Are Wolf, exploring traditional songs and lore in unusual, electronica-tinged arrangements. Her second album, Keld, was awarded fRoots magazine’s Editor’s Choice! Album of the Year 2018 and was in the Guardian’s Top Ten Folk Albums 2018. She is also a multi-instrumentalist with the rock/classical/jazz quintet DOLLYman.

Her debut novel, Swansong, was published by Jonathan Cape in January 2018 . She was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2018.

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