Album ‘Invisible Music’ out now

Well, this is it.

‘Invisible Music: folk songs that influenced Angela Carter’ flies the nest today.

The Guardian/Observer **** – a ‘vibrant, insightful tribute’
BBC Radio 2 Folk Show – ‘intoxicating…. an impressive album that really deserves to be heard’
Folk Radio UK – ‘both a terrific traditional folk album and a fascinating insight into Carter’s creative process’
Shire Folk ‘Be in no doubt, Invisible Music is one of the landmark releases of the year, in this or any other genre’

Radio: I’ll be talking with Mark Radcliffe on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show about the record on Wed 5 May between 9-10pm: please do tune in.

Gig: Join me tonight live online at 7pm BST for a free live stream from London’s Cecil Sharp House to celebrate!

Online gig tonight! 8pm GMT

Join me online tonight for a show hosted by Live to your Living Room.  I’ll be playing two 45-minute sets and the whole thing is being mixed remotely by a sound engineer. It sounds like about as close to a proper gig as it’s going to get right now. WOW! Just doing my set list and it’s coming together nicely. Can’t wait to play for you. Order a Deliveroo and join me.

Tickets and details here:

https://livetoyourlivingroom.com/events/polly-paulusma/

New Year, new album: ‘Invisible Music’

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.

Mailing list

Sign up to my mailing list to receive a free song ‘Jack Munro’ from the album  — and to keep up to date with all my news as the release happens.

Live shows

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.

On tour February 2020

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
https://www.ticketweb.uk/…/polly-paulusma-annie-dr…/10080985

23 FEBRUARY/ DURHAM / Old Cinema Launderette
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/486540

24 FEBRUARY/ MANCHESTER / The Castle Hotel
https://www.seetickets.com/…/polly…/the-castle-hotel/1461212

25 FEBRUARY/ BIRMINGHAM / Kitchen Garden Cafe
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/487101

26 FEBRUARY/ LONDON / Green Note
https://www.ticketweb.uk/…/polly-paulusma-annie-dr…/10043535

27 FEBRUARY/ SHEFFIELD / Cafe 9
https://www.wegottickets.com/event/486929

28 FEBRUARY/ BRISTOL / Folk House
https://www.seetickets.com/…/pol…/folk-house-bristol/1459821

29 FEBRUARY/ WINCHESTER / Railway Inn
https://www.railwayinn.pub/…/polly-paulusma-and-annie-dres…/

Be a patron

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.

Slow album ‘Pivot’ – a song a month

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.

Cambridge Folk Festival: 5 Aug 2018

I have just been asked to play a set at the Cambridge Folk Festival. Last time I was there was 2012 (see photo) — now I’m working on a trad folk album it seems like the perfect place to be playing this summer. I’ll be in the Club Tent for a 20 minute set at 1.50pm on  Sunday, 5 August. For tickets and more information click here.

London gig: Thur 8 Mar 2018

On International Women’s Day, I will be taking to the small stage at the beautiful Bloomsbury Theatre in central London (very close to the British Library) with my sister-in-song Edwina Hayes (www.edwinahayes.co.uk) to sing old songs and new, laugh a lot, and possibly cry a bit too — probably with laughter, knowing Edwina. I do hope you can join us….

Tickets and more information are available here.