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Co-curated with award-winning traditional harpist and singer Rachel Newton, Trad. Reclaimed is a series of concerts featuring women musicians and singers in the contemporary folk scene and celebrating iconic figures in its development. Showcasing pioneering forces in the tradition, some of the country’s finest instrumentalist talent and powerful purveyors of song, the weekend aims to redress a gender imbalance often found in the wider music scene. Celebrating the light and shade, energy and dynamism, grit and nuance of some of the finest trad. players, as well as the sheer diversity of skills and inspiration. Stay tuned for announcements of further events.

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The Shee Big Band + Hannah James’ JigDoll

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

The Shee bring electro-harp, accordion, fiddles, flute, mandolin and three powerful voices together with a range of individual musical influences to produce an adventurous brew of Folk, Gaelic and American music. 

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Women in Folk – Music Panel Discussion

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Rachel Newton brings together a group of women from across the music industry to discuss issues around gender in folk music with questions from the floor.

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Shirley Collins in Conversation with Emily Portman

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Iconic English folk singer and song collector, Shirley Collins, has had a deep and lasting influence on many contemporary singers. Emily Portman is one such singer. With their shared passion in the source material, this ‘In Conversation’ event promises to be an insightful and engaging conversation about lives lived in song.

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Solasta

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Solasta is an outstanding folk ensemble who is fast building a name for themselves on the back of their inventive arrangements, unique sound and exhilarating live performances.

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She Moved Through The Fair: The Legend of Margaret Barry

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Written by music journalist Colin Irwin and Irish singer Mary McPartlan, She Moved Through The Fair is a musical drama including many of Margaret Barry's most famous songs alongside dialogue based on direct interviews.

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Now She's Fairly Altered her Meaning

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

In this talk with musical accompaniment, Emily Portman discusses her own feminist interpretations of the traditional songs she sings and the original songs she writes.

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Rachel Newton – Solo Recital

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ Scots Trad Awards 2016 Shortlist for Scottish ‘Album of the Year’ SAY Awards 2017 Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic

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Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening + The Rheingans Sisters

Folk / Venus Unwrapped

Kathryn Tickell is widely acclaimed as the world’s foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes. She is a composer, performer, educator and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. 

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