In the wordless communication that passes between violinist Catriona Price and harpist Esther Swift as they perform, the strength of their decade-long musical partnership, friendship and shared humour is evident. It’s this depth of connection, and tangible desire to have fun, that gives Twelfth Day its extra edge.
Though Twelfth Day wear their rich and varied experience with pride – their folk roots, their classical training – this duo are more than a simple product, an exponent, of their practice. It is their inherent curiosity, their need to understand through experimentation, that compels them to create their unique, genre-bending music.
Their songs confront societal conventions by exploring a wealth of urgent current issues, such as gender roles, power balance and the challenges of working in the arts as a young woman; the threat of climate change and society’s reluctance to act; and the struggles of mental health.
In their new album Face to Face (out November 2019, and their first featuring their full band – with whom they play tonight) their multi-layered influences come together to create something entirely individual. There’s the radio-friendly catchiness and self-proclaimed respect for Beyoncé; there’s the swagger and surprise of jazz and funk; there’s the precision and technique of classical. The only label to truly hit the high note is ‘contemporary’: Face To Face could only be made now, and only by Twelfth Day.
“a boldly brilliant record, suffused with dark humour and wildly inventive musicianship” ***** fRoots
“genre-blending style that is both edgy and inventive. . . A bold, intriguing set.” **** The Guardian
“challenging, virtuosic music that is far more than the sum of its parts” **** The Skinny
“one of the most rewarding listening experiences to be placed before an audience this year.” Folk Radio UK
“they’re absolutely being themselves. . .The album is so varied. It takes you by surprise. . .Every track is something different.” Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Record Review
“Lovely new record. . .quirky and unusual “ Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music
Keep Me (official video)
Great Green (live)
Cracks (Official video)
Stop Talking About It (Official video)
Tickets £12 / £10 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, starts 8pm.
Colchester Arts Centre
Church Street - Colchester