I will be talking with the legendary Max Reinhardt (of BBC Radio 3 Late Junction fame) on his lunchtime show at Soho Radio today.
Tune in around 1.30pm here : sohoradiolondon.com
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!
My new album ‘Invisible Music: folk songs that influenced Angela Carter’ is out in April. The CD copies have just arrived in the office – OLI generously indulged my artwork desires, so the CD is actually really a little book, full of my musings, folk song words, pictures by Christine Molan, and extracts from Carter’s prose.
Watch my little mini film about it here:
Preorders available very soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.