“Fab riffs – predict a bright indie future.” – Will Tizard, Time Out
“Spellbinding.” – Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable
“Lunatraktors are melting my brain right now.” – Hot Salvation Records
“Can’t get enough of the Lunatraktors… just when you think you’ve got a hook on what they’re about, they throw a curve ball, keeping you always guessing and starry eyed.” – Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
Dark, trippy overtones and glitchy folk beats to raise your spirits. Launched in February 2017, Margate’s ‘broken folk’ duo Lunatraktors (GB) fuse folk music with body percussion, harmonic singing, tap-dance and live looping. The project strips traditional folksong back to beats and vocals, weaving in influences from cabaret, early punk, hiphop and dance music. Inspired by minimalist composers, queer culture and vaudeville. clowning and live art, Lunatraktors trawl the archives of Irish, English and Australian popular song for offbeat tales. The stories they unearth of bravery in the face of forced migration, political unrest, abuse of authority, and institutional violence find particular resonance today. The duo met in Prague before relocating to become part of Margate’s exciting new creative scene.
Combining the percussive and choreographic talents of ex-Stomp member Carli Jefferson with the four octave range and haunting overtones of trans folk singer Clair Le Couteur, Lunatraktors use the basic ingredients of body and voice to conjure up expansive, unexpected spaces. Equally at home improvising with hands, feet and voices on a station platform, or electrifying a festival stage with custom drum kit, loops, analogue synth, shruti box and flute, they have played a dizzying variety of venues over the last 18 months. From circus cabarets to the Aldeburgh Festival, contemporary art installations to the main stage at Dreamland for Margate Pride, this genre-splicing, gender-blending pair have been spellbinding toddlers, teenagers, millennial hipsters and old folkies alike.
For more information, please contact: hello[at]lunatraktors.space