February 1, 2013
I am very excited to announce that I’ve won ‘Best Original Song‘ at the BBC Folk Awards! The song in question is ‘Hatchlings’, inspired by the myth of Leda and the Swan, a lullaby from Leda to her two sets of twins, hatched from eggs. it was a brilliant night and a highlight was when my 7 month old daughter shook the hand of Alex Salmond! I’d particularly like to thank the musicians who played with me on ‘Hatchlings: Lucy Farrell, Rachel Newton and Lucy Deakin..And also thanks to everyone who comes to my gigs, supports my music and has given me encouragement over the years – it’s all very much appreciated!!
December 22, 2012
I’m very happy to say that Mossy Coat from The Glamoury is featured in Marina Warner‘s Grimm Thoughts on BBC Radio 4. Marina Warner is one of my idols, so this has made my Christmas. You can hear the programme here (until 2PM Tue, 25 Dec 2012): Grimm Thoughts: Episode 2.
When the Grimm brothers first published their Children’s and Household Tales in 1812, in a scholarly effort to collate a national identity of the people, it was the beginning of an obsessive project of two intricately interwoven lifetimes.
To mark the bicentenary of the first edition, writer and mythographer Marina Warner explores the many compelling and often controversial aspects of the tales in a 10-part series, revealing new insights into the stories we think we know so well, and introducing us to the charms and challenges of those that we don’t.
Alongside beautifully narrated extracts from the tales themselves, renowned academics and artists who work closely with the Grimm’s rich heritage add to our understanding of these deceptively complex stories…
December 16, 2012
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been nominated for a BBC FOLK AWARD for BEST ORIGINAL SONG for ‘Hatchlings’, the title track of my latest album Hatchling. `Hatchlings’ is inspired by the myth of Leda and her egg-hatched twins, which I first came across depicted on the frescos of Pompeii. Banjo and
bells accompany interweaving strings and harmonies from Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell and Lucy Deakin. The winner will be announced at the BBC folk award ceremony on 30th January ’13, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed!
Hatchling was nominated for BEST ALBUM in the prestigious FROOTS CRITICS POLL of 2013 and came in at number five, with the marvelous Sam Lee winning with his mercury nominated album.
Meanwhile I’m busy preparing for a concert of lesser-known ballads which I will be performing alongside Martin Simpson and Jim Moray on 26th January at Cecil Sharp House, followed by a trio concert at the same venue on 27th and then the Be Good Tanyas Tour. But first…
Merry Solstice and a Happy New Year!
November 11, 2012
I’m really excited to announce that Hatchling has been nominated one of the fRoots Critics Poll Albums of 2012! Here’s a little info on the awards from the magazine:
Every year since 1986 (when the first winner was Paul Simon’s Graceland), fRoots magazine has polled experts in the UK and abroad to decide the Album Of The Year in folk, roots & world music. With over 300 writers, broadcasters and activists worldwide invited to vote, it is the most extensively researched and prestigious annual poll of its kind, the de facto flagship industry awards.
It’s “The best researched guide to the key world roots albums of the year” (BBC Radio 3).
All the winners to date can be found at http://www.frootsmag.com/pollwinners
Below are the alphabetical listings of the nominees for the New Album Of 2012 and Best Reissue Or Compilation Of 2012.
This year’s winners will be revealed exclusively by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 broadcast from 11 pm on Friday 7th December, hosted by Lopa Kothari. Full in-depth details, also including the Best Packaged Album winner, will appear on the fRoots web site from 8th December, and in the Jan/Feb 2013 double issue of fRoots published in mid-December.
fRoots Critics Poll: NEW ALBUM OF 2012: NOMINEES
Bellowhead: Broadside (Navigator)
Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party: Orfeo (Topic)
Lau: Race The Loser (Reveal)
Sam Lee: Ground Of Its Own (Nest Collective)
Mokoomba: Rising Tide (Igloo)
Jim Moray: Skulk (NIAG)
Ondatrópica: Ondatrópica (Soundway)
Karine Polwart: Traces (Hegri)
Emily Portman: Hatchling (Furrow)
Staff Benda Bilili: Bouger Le Monde (Crammed)
November 2, 2012
I’m very excited to have been asked to accompany the Be Good Tanyas on their January & February UK tour. We’ll be appearing at the following venues:
January 27, 2013 Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds
January 29, 2013 The Stables, Milton Keynes
January 30, 2013 St. Georges, Bristol
February 1, 2013 Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
February 2, 2013 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry
February 3, 2013 Barbican, London
October 29, 2012
We’re in the process of updating the website. Many new things have been added after a few sleepless nights. Please check back soon for more gigs, lyrics, photos …
August 27, 2012
“Casts a powerful spell”: 8/10, Uncut.
“Less a set of songs than an entire looking-glass world”: 4 Stars, Financial Times.
“Eerily magnificent, bizarre and wonderful: fRoots.
“One of the year’s most distinctive folk releases”: Songlines.
“Rich and eloquently worded … I loved it”: Living Tradition.
“A fearlessly imaginative second album”: Taplas.
4 Stars: R2.