The Old Queens Head | June 28th 2017
A monthly evening of the finest folk music live at the Old Queens Head in Islington
In Twelfth Day’s new album Cracks in the Room, produced by legendary English folk musician Chris Wood and mixed in the USA by Oz Fritz (Tom Waits), a new personal exposure, of fierceness and strength, is evident. It’s their most honest, raw and exciting work yet.
In the wordless communication that passes between Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price and Peebles harpist Esther Swift as they perform, the strength of their decade-long musical partnership, friendship and shared humour is evident. It’s this depth of connection, and tangible desire to have fun, that gives Twelfth Day its extra edge.
In their own words, this is not so much a duo, but a two person quartet. Their two distinctly different voices, the fiddle, and the pedal harp, build layer upon layer of a complex and ever-evolving sound, rich with rhythm, harmony and texture.
Twelfth Day are happy to be hard to define. Classically trained, they bring outstanding technical ability as well as an adventurous mix of folk, jazz and classical influences to their compositions and arrangements – blended with the folklore and inspirations of their respective Scottish Highland and Lowland upbringings.
“True originals who sound like nothing you’ve ever heard” – Folk Radio UK
Josh Geffin is a London-based singer-songwriter whose tender, poetic lyrics and striking fingerstyle guitar playing mark him out as a distinctive voice in the UK folk scene. His latest EP, Rocks Of Bawn, is a collection of traditional songs influenced by his work as an audio editor with The Song Collectors Collective. The EP offers new readings of ageless folk songs reimagined through contemporary arrangements and instrumentation, including Andy Hamill on upright bass, Quinta on violin, Nathaniel Keen on electric guitar and Victoria Hume singing. The EP was launched in July 2016 with New Roots and on The Nest Collective Hour on Resonance FM.
Geffin has performed at The Southbank Centre, End Of The Road festival and supported Amiina on tour. In 2016, he played the role of Troubadour in the exhibition Ragnar Kjartansson at the Barbican Art Gallery (read his blog about it here). He is also running a folk guitar course with the Trad Academy.
“21st century art music for trad fans.” – ***** fRoots
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