Nancy Kerr and the Sweet Visitor Band
Sunday 07 May 2017: 8.00pm
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015 Nancy Kerr tours her latest album, Instar. Already a respected interpreter of traditional material, Nancy’s emergence as a writer of rare style has drawn comparisons to William Blake with her reawakening of a radical folk mythology as a backdrop for contemporary narratives.
Since the release of her solo debut, Sweet Visitor and Murmurs – her collaboration with Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting on Topic Records – Nancy finds herself increasingly fascinated by the role of the environment as a character in music, literature, art and film. Nancy’s new compositions explore the themes of human/ecological interaction that lie just beneath the surface of so many traditional folk songs. Nancy is joined on stage by bandmates Rowan Rheingans (fiddle, banjo & voice), Tim Yates (double bass, melodeon & voice), Greg Russell (guitars & voice) and Tom Wright(drums, guitars & voice).
The band’s music explores the lore and language of nature with subjects such as: gender identity and sexuality; struggles for human rights; love and consent; colonialism and the effects of austerity on our culture and ourselves.