Why limit yourself to a label? That’s the mantra of Twelfth Day – Catriona Price and Esther Swift, two young Scottish virtuosos who offer a musically ground- breaking amalgam of chamber music, Scottish folk music, jazz-funk and electronica.
Though Twelfth Day wear their rich and varied experience with pride – their folk roots, their classical training – this duo are more than a simple product, an exponent, of their practice. It is their inherent curiosity, their need to understand through experimentation, that compels them to create their unique, genre-bending music. Catriona and Esther challenge each other to challenge the listener. It can be heard in the way that they push their vocals far beyond the boundaries of what may be anticipated. It can be heard in the way the violin and harp surprise each other to drive the track somewhere new. It can be heard in the lyrics that invite to reassess, reimagine, reinterpret.
Their latest album. Face To Face (2019) was nominated in the ‘Innovation in New Traditional Music’ category in the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music. It picks up where Cracks In The Room (2017) left off, continuing to confront societal conventions by exploring a wealth of urgent current issues, such as gender roles, power balance and the challenges of working in the arts as a young woman; the threat of climate change and society’s reluctance to act; and the struggles of mental health.
Multi vocal harmonies, layered strings and recording sessions at Scotland’s famous Castlesound Studios and the Reid Concert Hall in Edinburgh has resulted in a varied and innovative compendium of songs which will inevitably draw comparisons to Hannah Peel, Stealing Sheep, Haiku Salut, Lisa Knapp, Bjork… well-crafted songs that take their influences from a multitude of places and performers and lodge themselves firmly in the ears and brain.
★★★★ The Guardian “genre-blending style that is both edgy and inventive. . . .”
Clash “Unconventional yet completely open”
Tom Robinson, 6 Music “Right up my street”
Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3 “instantly addictive”
★★★★★ fRoots “a boldly brilliant record, suffused with dark humour and wildly inventive musicianship”
★★★★ The Skinny “challenging, virtuosic music that is far more than the sum of its parts”
Folk Radio UK “one of the most rewarding listening experiences to be placed before an audience this year.”
Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Record Review “they’re absolutely being themselves. . .The album is so varied. It takes you by surprise. . .Every track is something different.”
TO VIEW THE LIVESTREAM
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A livestream ticket costs £7.50. You may like to pay more if you are feeling generous or if there is more than one person watching. This would be really welcome at this difficult time when income for musicians and venues is drastically reduced.
AT THE GLOBE (when permitted)
There are a limited number of tickets available for people to be at the gig in the venue. These must be bought in advance. No tickets will be available on the door. Ticket holders will be allocated a table according to the number of people in their group. After you buy tickets you will be sent an email containing a link to download a pdf file with information about our procedures to reduce the risk of spreading infection. This will confirm that you are on the guest list.
We are making every effort to ensure that customers feel welcome, comfortable and safe. We are providing table service and only accepting contactless payments. There are guidelines that will be explained when you arrive. Doors open at 45 minutes before the scheduled start time and you need to be seated by 15 minutes before the start.
This information was correct when this event was first listed. Please be aware that local regulations can change at short notice.