NIGEL SHAW & CAROLYN HILLYER
Winter concert featuring new album plus songs to honour the cold months
by internationally renowned Dartmoor musicians
Carolyn Hillyer and Nigel Shaw
Saturday 14 December
“We create music albums and concerts, books and paintings, traditional flutes and drums, women’s workshops and instrument making weekends, small festivals and gentle gatherings on our ancient farm on Dartmoor, Devon…
We began to sense the arrival of this album a few years before its first song reached our door. After many travels in Arctic terrains, north has become scratched onto our bones and wrapped inside our music; over and again we have found ourselves dreaming, composing and writing about timeless ice, reindeer souls and the resonances of taiga and tundra. But the concept of north has always meant so much more than the geographical compass point or a turn within the flow of seasons and we wanted to explore north as a state of being; to ask ‘what is the north we can give you?… We are delighted to announce the release of our new album. We have been on a meandering journey during the winter and spring, seeking and discovering threads of tender myth and feral dream to anchor into this music. A couple of the songs have surprised us by their strange intensity, others have managed to be a close reflection of what we had in our hearts when we wrote them, our whisky song has made us laugh… So we are now dancing on our toes towards the summer with these new songs in our arms, ready to be released into your ears! We hope you enjoy them.
Nine Prayers North is available on CD or download.