Songs of Separation
Beyond Borders Tour 2016
In 2015, a collective of ten female folk musicians from England and Scotland undertook a sizable challenge: to devise, rehearse and record an album of songs, rooted in their respective traditions, in just six days. Taking place on the Isle of Eigg, Inner Hebrides, they created a powerful collection of new music which will be released in January 2016.
The music explores the theme of ‘separation’. From the personal to the political, the economic to the environmental, the songs – many of which are from traditional sources – reflect our shared experience of the world, showing how we have similar responses to ‘separation’, over generations.
Taking their music-making beyond the boundaries of the studio, the SoS musicians recorded songs at sites of ancient legends, and facilitated community singing workshops and sessions, connecting with the community through a shared love of music.
Beyond Borders will now enable the SoS team to take their music across borders, performing in England, Wales and Scotland, involving audiences in participatory music, the development of a live performance DVD and a collaboration with singers from across Europe. We feel very fortunate to be able to do this, and look forward to giving audiences an unforgettable experience!
The ensemble includes some of England and Scotland’s finest female folk musicians: Eliza Carthy, Hannah James, Hannah Read, Hazel Askew, Jenn Butterworth, Jenny Hill, Karine Polwart, Kate Young, Mary Macmaster and Rowan Rheingans.
Full biographies of musicians: http://www.songsofseparation.co.uk/musicians/