In December, Crows’ Bones will be coming to East London to showcase a specially curated selection of melancholic ballads and spine-tingling ghost songs. They’ll be delving into the dark heart of folk song with tunes old and new, and incorporating unexpected experimental techniques such as amplifying vocals with tin-can telephones!
Crows’ Bones is an Opera North commission led by Lau accordionist Martin Green. The folk quartet has a stellar cast of handpicked folk luminaries including Becky Unthank, nyckelharpist Niklas Roswall and singer Inge Thomson.
Jo Nockels, projects manager at Opera North, says: “Folk songs have the most fantastic stories in them and, like opera, folk music often uses the human voice as a way of expressing deeply felt emotions. In searching out some of the scariest folk songs around, this show explores the drama inspired by our primal fears and darkest places – murdered lovers, unquiet spirits, the dead rising.”
Thursday 12 December
Shoreditch Church (St Leonard’s)