Happy New Year… the world may be going to shit, but I’m finding joy in little things. Allow me to share some.
New album: ‘Invisible Music: folk songs that influenced Angela Carter’
In April, I am releasing my eighth album, ‘Invisible Music: folk songs that influenced Angela Carter’, which is a mixture of traditional folk songs and spoken word, and which explores via proximity ways in which the novelist Angela Carter was influenced by singing traditional folk songs in the 1960s.
These songs are bizarre, grotesque, bloody, and beautiful, sometimes conventionally, and sometimes in the way a gnarled bit of wood can be.
I intersperse songs with readings (by myself, Kathryn Williams and Kirsty Logan) to show the relationship.
This album is the sonic accompaniment to my recently-completed PhD thesis of the same title, a deep-dive research project into the many ways I believe being a singer, and having the muscle memory of singing, influenced Carter’s imagination and language style.
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To mark the album’s release on Friday 23 April, I’m doing some shows, mostly online for now – but with one significant live exception at Cecil Sharp House on Thur 22 April. Here’s a list of all my forthcoming shows.
More for patrons
I’ll be doing lots more for my Patreon patrons — weekly vlogs, music premieres, early bird ticket chances and behind the scenes snippets… .
Patreon involvement starts from a very modest £4/month; on higher tiers I offer house concerts and songwriting tuition as part of membership.
Explore it if you haven’t already at patreon.com/pollypaulusma
Stay well, keep safe.