I spoke to Mark Radcliffe for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show on Wed 5 May about my new album ‘Invisible Music: folk songs that influenced Angela Carter’.
He played three tracks from the record, including Kathryn Williams‘ beautiful reading from Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’.
Listen at around 25 mins for my part, but the whole show is fantastic.
I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Christmas, calm, peaceful, loving. whether you are on your own or covered in people, or somewhere in between, just listen to as much music as you can, and know that music is one way we are always together. I will be doing that. Having a jazz period, so I’m going to be listening to a whole load of John Coltrane. Love and swing to you, Pol xx
I have had my first academic article published, by those kind people at English: The Journal of the English Association.
The title of the essay is ‘”Me and Not-Me”: folk songs, narrative perspectives, and the gender imaginary in Angela Carter’s Shadow Dance‘, and in it I suggest that Carter observed ways in which folk singers don’t care if the persona of the song they are singing matches their gender, and how she learned a gender blindness from her participation in the folk movement which she came to express in her debut novel Shadow Dance.
If you’re interested, you can read more here.
I’m playing virtually for the Cambridge Folk Club tonight. Come join the Zoom party!
If you missed the London Library show, it’s available to watch again here:
My great friend Annie Dressner and I are doing an 8 day UK tour 22-29 February. Many tickets have already gone… so please buy them while you can and come say hello to us! All ticket links below…
22 FEBRUARY/ NEWCASTLE/ Cluny 2
23 FEBRUARY/ DURHAM / Old Cinema Launderette
24 FEBRUARY/ MANCHESTER / The Castle Hotel
25 FEBRUARY/ BIRMINGHAM / Kitchen Garden Cafe
26 FEBRUARY/ LONDON / Green Note
27 FEBRUARY/ SHEFFIELD / Cafe 9
28 FEBRUARY/ BRISTOL / Folk House
29 FEBRUARY/ WINCHESTER / Railway Inn
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I’m back out on the road in February 2020! WOOHOOO! I’m performing a co-headline show with my dear friend and collaborator Annie Dressner. She’ll play a set of some of her songs, and then I’ll play a set of some of mine.
Sat 22 Feb – Newcastle – Cluny 2 – tickets
Sun 23 Feb – Durham – Old Cinema Launderette – tickets
Mon 24 Feb – Manchester – The Castle – tickets
Tue 25 Feb – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe – tickets
Wed 26 Feb – London – Green Note – tickets
Thur 27 Feb – Sheffield – Cafe 9 – tickets
Fri 28 Feb – Bristol – Bristol Folk Club – tickets
Sat 29 Feb – Winchester – Railway Inn – tickets
I have missed playing live so much, in particular playing live night after night, which to my mind is the best way to do it.