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Tuesday 14th June 2022

Tamsin Elliott + Balladeste

— The Wardrobe Theatre
Tamsin's accordion recreates the thrill of the casbah whilst her flute and whistle take you on spellbinding, almost mystical, journey.
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FREY is the debut solo offering from Tamsin Elliott, folk musician, composer and film-maker, and co-leader of fusion project Solana. In this work, Tamsin explores themes of limbo, pain, healing and acceptance, reflecting on the microcosm of her personal experience of chronic illness alongside wider themes of societal disconnection and environmental grief.

The album comprises compositions for accordion, harp, whistle and voice, creating a mesmerising conjunction of sonic textures. Written during a period of rest and uncertainty, she began to create music and sounds that reflected her need for sanctuary, and provided an outlet to process grief. FREY inhabits a soundworld true to her English folk roots, with modal and rhythmic echoes of time spent in Egypt, and moments of experimentalism using effects, drones and field recordings. With a magnetic sense of tension and release, the collection imbues a sense of spaciousness, and ultimately communicates a strong message of hope and healing through art and connection.

In this performance, Tamsin will be accompanied by long-time collaborators Sid Goldsmith (cittern, voice) and Rowan Elliott (viola, fiddle, voice, effects), and special guests Soufian Saihi (oud) and Ricardo de Noronha (percussion) - all of whom feature on the album, as well as acclaimed folk artist Rowan Rheingans.

Tamsin is grateful for the support of Sound and Music's 'New Voices' artist development programme, and PRS Foundation's 'Women Make Music' funding in creating this work.

'Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England'

"There is a rich thread of collaboration throughout [Tamsin's work], one which both celebrates and highlights the coming together of cultures and music... The results are always refreshingly inventive and exciting"
- Folk Radio UK

"Tamsin's accordion recreates the thrill of the casbah whilst [her] flute and whistle take us on spellbinding, almost mystical, journeys which soar with unexpected twists and turns" - Outline Magazine

Balladeste. A collaboration between violinist Preetha Narayanan and cellist Tara Franks - an ever evolving musical partnership and deep friendship forged over ten years, Balladeste have developed a unique way of writing, weaving in and out of each other’s voices as musicians and composers. Exploring the versatility and sound potential of just two string instruments, Balladeste create a musical narrative that is both ancient yet contemporary, devotional whilst pastoral, with original compositions that are vibrant, experimental, melodic and contemplative in quality - Songs without words with contemporary alt-folk twist. The duo has performed across the UK and abroad, including Isole Che Parlano Festival-Sardinia, CCB- Lisbon, MAXXI- Rome alongside recent radio appearances on BBC Radio 3- In Tune and BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour.

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