The Big Session
Pavilion Arts Centre
Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band
30 Apr 2017
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015
The Sweet Visitor Band
Rowan Rheingans, fiddle, banjo, voice
Tim Yates, double bass, melodeon, voice
Greg Russell, guitars, voice
Tom Wright, drums, guitars, voice
Since her debut solo album, Sweet Visitor, arrived in late 2014, Nancy Kerr has emerged as one of the foremost composers of modern folk and social commentary songs in the British Isles.
A writer of rare style Kerr's music has drawn comparisons to William Blake in her reawakening of a radical folk mythology as a backdrop for contemporary narratives and has inspired some to call her ‘Folk's Poet Laureate’.
Finding herself increasingly fascinated by the role of the environment as a character in music, literature, art and film, the compositions that make up her second release, Instar, explore the themes of human/ecological interaction that lie just beneath the surface of so many traditional folk songs.
The lore and language of nature provide a repertoire of raw, universal images with which to address subjects such as gender identity and sexuality, struggles for human rights, love and consent, colonialism and the effects of austerity on our culture and ourselves.
Nancy Kerr's Second Instar is just that, the second incarnation of the ever-evolving Instar album. A live performance that draws mainly from that album but also features songs from Sweet Visitor, the show promises to challenge and inspire, confront and sympathise - at times jovial and boisterous and at times a dulcet call to arms.
Plus support: Jess Morgan
Jess Morgan is a songwriter’s songwriter. October 2016 will see the release of a confident new record from this young British voice. Expect a tumbler of unfancified roots music - with heart, with passion, with gusto. In October 2016 Jess takes the songs from Edison Gloriette on the road - and will be backed up by the Light Band’ helping to bring the songs and the stories behind them to life.
Over the past few years Jess has been making a noise in the UK and further afield with a string of albums comprised of acutely observed, beautifully delivered country-folk ballads. The songs are intimate, but not in that earnest, quiet way. There’s fire in Jess’ voice, the way it soars between notes like a bird in flight. It’s intimate, but it’s end of the night, lock-in at the bar, let’s get the nice whiskey out, intimate and has over recent years attracted the ears of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, Bob Harris Sunday, BBC 6 Music, Folk Radio UK, R2, Uncut, the Guardian and the Telegraph.
When not touring or writing songs, Jess has set up a small factory for producing home-made vinyl records which are hand made by Jess and will play on a turntable. Among the first to own and play Jess’s home-made 7” singles were BBC Folk Show DJ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Scotland’s Roddy Hart and BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe. Jess also uses her spare time to edit Hold This I Need A Wee – a 'zine' which features written and artistic contributions from a number of her musical peers and is in circulation in obscure places throughout the UK.
Jess Morgan : In Brooklyn (live)
Music in the Green will be holding a stall at this event.
“Stunning - Five Stars” - R2
“A songwriter steeped in the tradition, but casting it anew” - Songlines
“Quite breathtakingly beautiful” - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“Nancy Kerr's songs are unusual, intriguing. Steeped in folksong, she nonetheless breaks out of the mould, coming sideways to her subject, embroidering it with detail and surprises until the focus of the song comes clear. She is such a good singer that sometimes you really have to concentrate to get the message - but it's worth it when you get it” - Peggy Seeger
Dates and Prices
Dates: Sunday 30 April 4.30pm
Discounts: Not available.