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.

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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.

Home Festival…

I’m playing as part of this wonderful online festival of folk artists, organised by Kirsty Merryn.

Where to join
Home Folk Festival will be taking place entirely on Facebook. We have created a group, so all you have to do is log on and watch; all of us will be streaming to the same place. Important: Before the date of the festival please request to join this group. This is the place you will need to be for the festival and where all of the live music will be happening. 
 
What’s on
Saturday 11 April
3pm – Children’s crafting; making an easter bonnet. If you would like to take part in this you will need some paper, some glue and some scissors, and any other nice crafty bits and pieces you have! This will be led by Kirsty
4pm – Lukas Drinkwater – Lukas will be performing solo, due to travel restrictions
5pm – Robert Lane
6pm – Gitta de Ridder
7pm – Iona Fyfe
8pm – Luke Jackson
9pm – Virtual singing-in-the-round – this will take place via Zoom. If you would like to join, please let me know and I will send you the details. Due to lag, there may be an echo between performers – this will be a bit of an experiment, but if we are not all able to join in singing together, at least individuals will be able to sing to the group!
Sunday 12 April
3:30pm – Easter parade! Please share your photos of your finished easter bonnets on the group, and Kirsty will share all of your creations!
4pm – Polly Paulusma
5pm – Kirsty Merryn
6pm – Katie Spencer
7pm – Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell – Ciaran and Greg will be performing 2 solo slots, due to travel restrictions
8pm – Alden and Patterson (Noel Dashwood is not able to join, due to travel restrictions)
9pm – Special guest appearance from Steve Knightley
Artist Q and As
Each artist will allow ten minutes at the end of their performance for audience Q and As. If you have questions, please write them in the comments of the artist’s live performance as they are playing, and they will respond to as many as they have time to!
Thanks so much for joining us for what we hope will be a very fun weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

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.