Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Kerry Andrew/You are Wolf at South East London Folklore Society

A real treat coming up at South East London Folklore Society on 13th September:

Old Ways, New Ways: using folklore and song in contemporary music and literature

Kerry Andrew is an award-winning composer, performer and writer who frequently draws on traditional folk song and stories in her work, whether it be opera, contemporary folk music or fiction. Under her folk guise, You Are Wolf, she has released two albums, inspired by birds and folklore (Hawk to the Hunting Gone) and freshwater folklore (Keld).

She won one of her four British Composer Awards for her community chamber opera, Woodwose, which drew on traditional lullabies from around the world and the wild man of the woods figure. In 2016, she was a British Council/PRSF Musician in Residence in China, making new work inspired by the European and Chinese folklore around foxes. Her debut novel, Swansong (published by Jonathan Cape this year to excellent press), is a loose reworking of the Irish/Scots folk song Molly Bawn.

In this talk, Kerry will talk about her sources of inspiration, from swans to waterfall banshees, wodwos to foxes. She will read from her novel and sing some songs!

This talk is held in the upstairs room of The Old King's Head in Borough & costs £5/1.50 concs. Bring some extra money to buy Kerry's book or a copy of one of her excellent albums!

Thursday, September 13 at 8 PM at The Old King's Head, Kings Head Yard, SE1 1NA (off Borough High StreetYou can book in advance by emailing or roll up on the night

I've been listening all summer to the great Keld album. The name comes from a Northern English word meaning “the deep, still, smooth part of a river”  and all the tracks have some kind of freshwater theme.

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