‘English Avant-folk at its finest’ – The Observer
‘Imagine Bjork working her magic on the English folk tradition’ – Uncut
You Are Wolf – aka Avant-folk artist Kerry Andrew – is a vocalist and award-winning composer. Kerry will be continuing our journey exploring the theme of freshwater folklore as she performs her new album Keld with multi-instrumentalist Sam Hall and percussionist Peter Ashwell. Keld is the follow up to her stunning debut “Hawk To the Hunting Gone” that explored British birds and folklore. An old Northern English word meaning “the deep, slow, still part of a river,” Keld is an album that delves into the theme of fresh water and her passion for wild swimming. Kerry’s mastery of vocal looping, layered electronics and expansive use of traditional instruments has been inspired by the likes of Camille, Meredith Monk and tUnE-yArDs. It’s a stunning, exciting and hugely inventive journey.
“Bramwell clearly has an eye for the oddball and arcane” – The Guardian
“A masterful storyteller” – Radio Times
David Bramwell is also known as the man behind Sing-along-a-Wickerman and The Odditorium. Tonight, his presentation combines music, animation and film to bring you a captivating psychogeographical journey into the occult secrets of our waterways. The River Don provides the focal point for this evening. Aided by a witch, Jarvis Cocker, and magician-author Alan Moore, David Bramwell battles his own thalassophobia (the fear of ‘what lurks beneath’) to unearth little-known stories and myths that surround our rivers. Also expect a short Q&A afterwards.
To accompany the evening, our galleries and café bar will be open to guests from 6pm. Performances will begin at 7pm.
Accessibility notice: These performances will take place in our Basement, which is only accessible via the stairs due to the installation of a new state-of-the-art lift. Please read our full access statement for details.
Read more about our café bar, BRICK here.
You Are Wolf
You Are Wolf is a regular on Radio 3’s The Verb and performed her debut short story with music on BBC Radio 4’s Stories from Songwriters series. Elsewhere, as Kerry Andrew, she is a composer of experimental vocal music and choral music, has a PhD in Composition and is the winner of four British Composer Awards. Kerry has written for The Guardian and is an occasional presenter on BBC Radio 3. Her debut novel, Swansong, based on a folk ballad, is published by Jonathan Cape on January 25th 2018. The novel has been praised by Robert Macfarlane as “spiky, strange and contemporary, but always with a dark undertow of myth and folklore tugging at its telling”, and by folk legend Shirley Collins as “a subtle, supernatural tale told in a present-day voice.”
Many of you who are familiar with Irregular Folks and Irregular Folks Summer Session festival will have heard of him as one half of the partnership (the other being Eliza Skelton) behind Sing-Along-A-Wickerman, as well as more recently, the man behind The Odditorium - the hugely loved talk tent at our mini festival, that is also a podcast created by David. David has also created and presented radio shows for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 on subjects ranging from Ivor Cutler, murmurations of starlings and time travel. He's currently co-writing a trilogy of compendiums for Hodder and Stoughton; The Odditorium, The Mysterium and final one, The Odysseum (about extraordinary journeys) due out October 2018.