An evening of ancient ballads, poems and new songs about place, politics, landscape and birds from Scottish folk trio Salt House.
Thursday 17th March 2022, 7.30pm
(doors 7pm, cafe bar open from 6.30pm)
Tickets £17 (£15 advance) / Concessions £15 (£13 advance)
Tickets available online or in the shop at John Wesley’s New Room.
Salt House is Jenny Sturgeon, Ewan MacPherson and Lauren MacColl. Their second album ‘Undersong’ has been praised for bringing “startling freshness” to the British song tradition. Due to be released in March 2020 on Hudson Records is their new highly praised album ‘Huam’.
Songs are central to the trio. New songs that sound as if they’ve always been here. Ancient ballads woken up. Poems given the tunes they’ve long deserved. Songs about place, politics, landscape and birds.
Singer, guitarist and harmonium player Jenny Sturgeon has a PHD in seabirds. Described by R2 Magazine as “a singer-songwriter who brings together the old and new with a rare skill.” Her songs are earthy and wise; she sings them with beauty and power.
Fiddler, viola player and vocalist Lauren MacColl’s arrangements hold a rich, deep, darkness flecked with gold. You can hear the Highlands in Lauren’s elegant bowing, honed while performing with the quartet RANT, The Rachel Newton Band and as a prolific and award-winning soloist. She plays with warmth, wisdom and soul.
Singer and guitarist Ewan MacPherson brings to Salt House a wealth of understanding and experience gained with the highly respected bands Fribo and Shooglenifty. His songs are poetic and layered; his voice plaintive and from the heart.
“Wonderful… a trio of exceptional talent” – Folk Radio UK