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Twelfth Day


with Aleksi Campagne & Les Barricades

$20 advance, $25 door

From the Promoter

Twelfth Day are happy to be hard to define. Classically trained, they bring outstanding technical ability as well as an adventurous mix of folk, jazz and classical influences to their compositions and arrangements – blended with the folklore and inspirations of their respective Scottish Highland and Lowland upbringings. In their own words, this is not so much a duo, but a two person quartet. Their two distinctly different voices, the fiddle, and the pedal harp, build layer upon layer of a complex and ever-evolving sound, rich with rhythm, harmony and texture.

With their latest album Cracks in the Room, Twelfth Day show a new fierceness and strength. As young female artists the two have become increasingly aware of the lingering social stigmas around being an outspoken, self-employed woman. “It’s the elephant – or the crack – in the room; this unspoken thing.”
The album also reflects insight brought by collaborations with international artists. The strong words of their Syrian friend Maya Youssef on her country’s suffering brought the inspiration and title of “Another Phase In History”. Don’t miss a nod to Nina Simone, one of the duo’s ultimate inspirational artists, in “Great Green”– composed in the midst of the Brexit campaign, and as cuts to disability allowance were announced.

All of this leads back to the corridors of Saint Mary’s Music School where the friendship began, and Royal Northern College of Music, where the duo was born. Twelfth Day’s début album Northern Quarter was released in 2010, with a unique take on some classic Burns amongst other self-penned and traditional tunes and songs. Then came Fiere (2012), a collaboration with Gaelic singer Joy Dunlop. From there Speak From The Start (2013) showcased the duo’s versatility with covers ranging from Morrissey to Kanye West. The Devil Makes Three (2014) followed; bursting full of self-compositions, eerie ambiance and mischievous glint. Mini-LP Shell Story (2015) includes Twelfth Day’s take on a Schubert song, alongside remixes of previous works by the likes of renowned Brazilian DJ Tudo and BBC Radio 3’s Max Reinhardt.

Along the way the duo have toured the world, with festival highlights such as WOMAD UK, WOMAD Chile, Bath International Festival, Celtic Connections and Etnokrakow. Catriona and Esther’s project, Routes to Roots has taken them even further afield. Funded by the Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition, Twelfth Day set out on a voyage across four countries and four continents, on a mission to explore the shared roots of world folk music. Quebec brought an exploration of the nuanced differences within traditional music so linked to their own; and Malawi, the loosening influence of never transcribed and constantly evolving community singing. Brazil’s cultural melting pot of music with roots in jazz and blues gave new perspective on these genres; and with Mongolia came the discovery of a sound reflecting the country’s harsh, remote landscapes; bringing inspiration from its performers’ raw self-expression.

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