Shovel Dance Collective + Quinie
Entry Requirements: Over 18s only
Shovel Dance Collective are a group of nine musicians brought together by a communal passion for the folk musics of the British Isles, Ireland and beyond. They nurture and synthesise this material with sensibilities drawn from drone, free improvisation, contemporary classical and metal, weaving this through with a deep sense of the ways in which traditional music holds queer histories, proto-feminist narratives and the voices of those who by their labour create the wealth of the world. They are simultaneously traditional and experimental, seeing folk music not as an archaeological artefact to be unearthed, but as a living communal activity, inviting and generous to those it speaks to.
Shovel Dance Collective will be touring for the release of their new album, ‘The Water is the Shovel of the Shore’ that comes out tomorrow (December 1st) via Double Dare and Memorials of Distinction.
Quinie, aka Josie Vallely, is based in Glasgow. She sings primarily in Scots, with a style inspired by the traditions of Scottish Traveller singers, and in particular Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993). Inspired by Higgins, Quinie’s experiments with composition and vocal techniques create a dialogue between pipe music and voice. Her work has a strong sense of place rooted in an imagined Scotland and explores contemporary and ancestral relationships with land and language.
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