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‘Utterly spellbinding singing and narration… and as the red dress’s true origin unfolds, the revelation will leave you quietly breathless’ The Scotsman ★★★★★
‘Sublime…a narrative stitched with the subtlety of an expert dressmaker… celebrates family, nature and the ties that bind and goes on to pack a fierce political punch.’ ★★★★ The Guardian (Folk Album of the Month)
‘The pinnacle of her musical journey to date’ Folk Radio UK
Rowan Rheingans’ much-anticipated debut solo release The Lines We Draw Together (The Guardian’s Folk Album of the Month) is a heartfelt yet unflinching musical essay on memory, history, fascism, waltzes, folk-song, bird-song, trauma, family & war. A companion to Rowan’s critically acclaimed one-woman show Dispatches on The Red Dress (winner of 2019 Fringe First Award and shortlisted for both ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award and Filipa Braganca award for best female artist) her debut solo album features cathartic collaborations with indy, jazz, classical and electronic musicians, including bassist Michele Stoddart (The Magic Numbers) and clarinettist Jack McNeill (Propellor).
Inspired by her own grandmother’s youth in 1940’s Germany, Dispatches on the Red Dress is a meditation on ancestry; a pertinent anti-war statement and an urgent questioning of our collective handling of ‘dark histories’. This makes it an historic provocation for our current political climate while also a triumphant celebration of human empathy, resilience and hope.
For this special concert, Rowan will perform a completely unique version of her award-winning show in live collaboration with guest musicians from her album. The intimacy of a folk gig meets the ancient tradition of storytelling and the emotional soundscapes of genre-melding music in this one-off performance.
Rowan Rheingans is a fiddle player, banjoist, singer and songwriter widely regarded as one of the foremost composers and innovators in folk music today. She is also an award-winning theatre maker. Best known for her work with acclaimed folk bands Lady Maisery, The Rheingans Sisters and Songs of Separation, Rowan has won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (‘Best Original Track’ & ‘Best Album’) and is a six-time nominee.