Nancy Kerr, BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015
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.
“Stunning”BBC Radio 2
“A songwriter steeped in the tradition, but casting it anew”Songline
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.
Our friends from Music in the Green will have a stand in the Pavilion Arts Centre foyer during the Big Session weekend. Don't forget to pop by and say hello!