Opening night

 

Rob St. John played at 8pm.

St. John’s most recent album Weald (released on 12” LP in 2011) is drawn from the Saxon word for forest, later assimilated by the Anglian wold and the Kentish wild. The album has been described as a ‘funereally paced’ ‘auditory forest’; in it, kraut, drone and psych influences are held together by peals of British folk guitar and wheeling gusts of rich, cryptic vocals. St. John plays drawn-out and ghostly songs underpinned by the creaks and drones of the harmonium, musical saw, fiddle, skittering drums, analogue synth and field recordings.

Jack Harris played at 9pm.

A literate young folk musician, Harris is known for his intricate fingerstyle guitar and smoky, soulful vocals. He draws from the narrative traditions of folk and blues music, and responded on the night to the themes of trees, forests, and memory, with both traditional songs, and his own. His first two albums are Broken Yellow and The Flame and the Pelican.

Camilla Nelson and Jeff Hilson also did a performative reading of the Sorley Maclean poem from which this exhibition takes its title.

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