If you missed the London Library show, it’s available to watch again here:
I have another date for your virtual diaries: Thur 7 May, 7pm. Please do join me online for a live streamed gig, hosted by The London Library.
If she were still with us, Angela Carter would have turned 80 this May and 7 May would have been her birthday. I was scheduled to celebrate by performing at The British Library alongside the singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams and the novelist Kirsty Logan, showcasing a collaborative musico-literary project we’ve been hatching (pardon the pun) inspired by Carter’s ‘Nights at the Circus’. God willing, we will bring it to you in good time.
In the meantime, I have been working on my own separate project, ‘Invisible Music’ – my PhD – exploring how being a folk singer affected the way Carter wrote her prose. I discovered that she was a folk singer in the 1960s and embarked on a big research project thanks to an incredibly generous research grant from CHASE, the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South East. Along the way, I couldn’t help but sing the songs I was writing about, to better understand their impact. I have made an album of these songs alongside pertinent readings from Carter’s fiction, to bolster my research.
I was always planning to play at the London Library around this time, one show designed to complement the other. But now, because of current events, it stands alone, and has moved online, and to the day that matters most, Carter’s birthday.
I feel very honoured to be able to make this tribute to her, which also marks the beginning of my small contribution to the rich critical conversation which her works continue to inspire and provoke.
Hello everyone — I’m feeling cooped up and I’m missing you all. So I’ve decided I’m going to tour the world from my shed.
Allow me to play a song for you each day at six o’clock, somewhere… six o’clock is officially drinky time, so fix yourself your favourite drink and tune in to to hear me play a song a day, live on Youtube from my home, at six o’clock, somewhere… a new time zone each day…
- 13 April – 6pm in Christchurch, Auckland (UK 7am)
- 14 April – 6pm in Sydney, Vladivostok (UK 9am)
- 15 April – 6pm in Darwin, Alice Springs (UK 9.30am)
- 16 April – 6pm in Tokyo, Seoul (UK 10am)
- 17 April – 6pm in Perth, Manila, Beijing, Hong Kong (UK 11am)
- 18 April – 6pm in Jakarta, Bangkok (UK 12noon)
- 19 April – 6pm in Dhaka (UK 1pm)
- 19 April – 6pm in New Delhi (UK 1.30pm)
- 20 April – 6pm in Tehran (UK 2.30pm)
- 21 April – 6pm in Moscow, Nairobi, Baghdad (UK 4pm)
- 22 April – 6pm in Cape Town, Milan, Paris (UK 5pm)
- 23 April – 6pm in London, Cambridge, Lisbon (UK 6pm)
- 24 April – 6pm in St John’s, NF (UK 9.30pm)
- 25 April – 6pm in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Halifax (UK 10pm)
- 26 April – 6pm in New York, Toronto, Miami (UK 11pm)
- 27 April – 6pm in Austin, Chicago, Winnipeg (UK 12am 28/4)
- 28 April – 6pm in Calgary, Denver, and Saskatoon (UK 1am 29/4)
- 29 April – 6pm in Vancouver, Los Angeles (UK 2am 30/4)
- 30 April – 6pm in Anchorage, USA (UK 3am 1/5)
All performances will be beamed live on Youtube Live, and then archived to be watched again at patreon.com/pollypaulusma.
I’m playing as part of this wonderful online festival of folk artists, organised by Kirsty Merryn.
Polly Paulusma will be releasing a new album in late spring 2020 entitled Invisible music – folk songs that influenced Angela Carter.
My first week creating special online content for Patreon patrons has been fabulous!
My first Friday Video discussed the final assembly of that week’s Pivot song release, ‘Boards At The Window’, working with Astrid Williamson and James Hawkins to create the month’s track.
My first monthly Sunday gig was broadcast live from the shed and a friendly gang of patrons assembled to listen, make requests, and enjoy a Sunday evening in the company of like minded souls. It was a joy.
If you want to join in, become my Patron: www.patreon.com/pollypaulusma
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
Will you join other fans and become a patron?
I have started a Patreon page (patreon.com/pollypaulusma) where, from January 2020, I will be posting a weekly video diary and streaming a monthly live gig for patrons, content not available to view anywhere else.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is an online platform which enables people to offer continued support to their favourite artists and creators for a small monthly contribution (typically $5), in return for content not available anywhere else. If enough people put a few pennies or cents in the hat each month, their collective power enables an artist to devote their life to their art.
How do I become a patron?
Visit my Patreon page (patreon.com/pollypaulusma), and click the orange button ‘Become a patron’ to sign up. In return, you’ll get access to a weekly video diary charting my creative life, a live-streaming monthly gig from my shed, and, if you’re not already subscribed, a new song a month as part of the ‘Pivot’ slow album project.
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.
How to join ‘Pivot’: become a Patron:
For $5 a month, you get all the songs from the project so far, and a new song emailed to you on the first of every month until December 2020. As a Patron you also gain access to an exclusive weekly video diary, posted each Friday lunchtime, AND a monthly gig streamed live from my shed! Woah!
Sign up at patreon.com/pollypaulusma.
What is ‘Pivot’ all about?
- I send you a new song on the first of every month. I send it to you in form of a unique Bandcamp code which you can then download.
- You can choose from a selection of formats, from WAV (if disk space is no issue) to MP3 (if you need something a little smaller).
- ‘Pivot’ is my latest and fourth album, which I’ve been releasing a song a month across two years (24 songs in all) since January 2019.
- ‘Pivot’ is short for ‘The Pivot Round Which The World Turns’.
- These songs — which examine our daily pivoting roles as child, parent, lover, friend, grandchild, grandparent, and everything in between — are the product of the last six years and contain songs cowritten with Kathryn Williams, Tom McRae, Astrid Williamson, Danny Wilson, David Ford, Martin Carr, Laura Jessica Barnett and Mark Davies Markham.
- I started in January 2019 but it’s not too late to join the club: I just catch you up.
- These songs will not be made public until 2021. They are not on Youtube or Spotify or any of the streaming services.
- I hope to release the album physically in 2021 on double CD and double LP, after which it will also be available on streaming services.