Faeland plus support, Sealionwoman

Sat 23rd March, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Faeland plus support, Sealionwoman

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Faeland: Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with Celtic and Americana influences.

Fusing deep folk tradition and acoustic instrumentation, Faeland bring their innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary folk music. Hear the acclaimed debut album “All My Swim” performed on an all-acoustic line-up including: guitars, beautiful vocals, double bass, violins, accordion and Celtic harp. Faeland offer a beautiful selection of original, modern folk compositions. The songs give the duo’s personal spin on classic themes of humanity, such as love, healing, and magic.

“Without doubt one of the albums of the year. All My Swim is surprising, never complacent. Just like the best music should be ” – Shire Folk

“Throughout, Faeland exhibit a soft, measured assurance in the performances and a rich, inviting warmth in the production. All My Swim is a debut that does far more than impress, it delights.” – Folk Radio UK, 2018

“Beautiful” – Kathleen MacInnes , BBC Radio Scotland

“Sweet sumptuous folk music” – Richard Pitt, BBC South West

“A really fabulous band making glorious folk music” – Sam Bonham, BBC Introducing

“A very impressive debut…Highly recommended, fifty minutes of gentle, carefully-crafted quality sounds. It is an album to escape into and become part of; somehow it seems removed from the normal time stream….” Cambridge Music Reviews

“An album of subtleties and understatement, of deftly and lightly woven musical threads… worldly and often otherworldly. .. if this is not way up the [Top Albums of 2018] list then it will have been an unimaginably spectacular year for music.” Dave Franklin, Dancing About Architecture

“Ethereal acoustic stylings” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“★★★★★★★ Bright, optimistic melodies” – Uncut Magazine

“Beautiful…modern folk songs underpinned with some classic writing” – Songwriting Magazine

“A collection of original songs that sit equally comfortably on the seats of tradition and innovation” – C. Elland, FolkWords



Sealionwoman – SIREN

Inspired by the selkies of Scottish folklore: water-dwelling beasts who morph from seal to human upon landing ashore. ‘Siren’ is the debut album by Sealionwoman: comprising a duo of vocals, doublebass and electronics.

The material on ‘Siren’ originally stemmed from a narrative live concert called ‘Selkie’, in which spectres of folklore, electronic drone and contemporary dance were intertwined to form a truly innovative live performance. This was performed at Brighton Fringe Festival and VAULT Festival in London.

Sealionwoman was formed by way of a fortuitous, chance meeting of Scottish-born jazz-influenced vocalist Kitty Whitelaw and double bass player Tye McGivern.

The stripped-down duo line-up of Sealionwoman coalesced around Whitelaw’s rich and beguiling vocal and McGivern’s atmospherically inventive approach to his instrument. A defiantly uncategorisable sound was born, equally informed by melancholic soundscapes, torch-song transgressions and rapturous drama.

McGivern offers Bad Seeds-style atmospherics influenced by noir-jazz degenerates Morphine and a Colin Stetson-esque approach to minimalism. This is masterfully fused with Whitelaw’s theatrical inspired vocals, taking inspiration from iconoclastic vocal stylists like Beth Gibbons, Circuit Des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, and Sarah Vaughan. ‘Siren’ is a work capable of luring any adventurous soul onto the rocks.


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