Folk fans, this one is for you, Twelfth Day are an acoustic duo with a style which has been described as genre-blending and both edgy and inventive. Catriona Price is a singer and fiddler from Orkney, while Esther Swift is a singer and harpist from the Scottish borders. 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.
Their last album Cracks in the Room, produced by legendary English folk musician Chris Wood and mixed in the USA by Oz Fritz (Tom Waits), was released to great acclaim in 2017. Its 11 entirely self-composed songs and tunes embody everything that Twelfth Day is: undaunted, adventurous, natural, virtuosic, and quite unlike anyone else.
There is almost a punk/jazz sensibility in some of the songs with a nod to Nina Simone, one of the duo’s ultimate inspirational artists, in Great Green – composed in the midst of the Brexit campaign, which reflects the changes in society at the time and as cuts to disability allowance were announced.
As well as more standard music traditional music they have also done some interesting covers in their own inimitable style.
“21st century art music for trad fans.” – ***** fRoots
“Lush orchestral colours... Bang up to date.” – The Sunday Times
“Surrender to their charms you must… It would be a sin not to.” – Folk Radio UK
Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Venue: The Lemon Tree
Price: £11.00 inc bf