Nancy Kerr on Tour

BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015 Nancy Kerr launches her new album INSTAR with a UK tour in September and October 2016.

Finding herself increasingly fascinated by the role of the environment as a character in music, literature, art and film, Nancy’s new compositions explore the themes of human/ecological interaction that lie just beneath the surface of so many traditional folk songs. The lore and language of nature provide a repertoire of raw, universal images with which to address subjects such as gender identity, human rights, migration, colonialism, austerity and love.

With her Sweet Visitor Band now an established unit, Nancy’s writing is also focused on the musical qualities of band mates Rowan Rheingans, Tim Yates, Tom Wright and Greg Russell, with guest appearances from James Fagan. The ensemble’s atmospheric sound reveals the scale and drama that the lyrical subjects require.

INSTAR extends some of the themes introduced in both Nancy’s Sweet Visitor album and in Murmurs – her collaboration with Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting on Topic Records – and acknowledges the influence of contemporary nature writers Rob Cowen (whose 2015 “edgeland” memoir Common Ground provided great inspiration), Helen Mcdonald (H is for Hawk) and George Monbiot (Feral).

“Folk’s poet-laureate at the height of her creative powers.”
Folk Radio UK

“An absolute masterpiece that is not to be missed.”
Bright Young Folk

Nancy Kerr Autumn 2016 Tour Dates:

  • 23 Sept          Sage Gateshead, GATESHEAD
  • 26 Sept          The Musician, LEICESTER
  • 27 Sept          The Greystones, SHEFFIELD
  • 28 Sept          The Greystones, SHEFFIELD
  • 29 Sept          ARC Stockton Arts Centre, STOCKTON ON TEES
  • 02 Oct            MAC Birmingham, BIRMINGHAM
  • 04 Oct            Chipping Norton Theatre, CHIPPING NORTON
  • 05 Oct            Vivacity Key Theatre, PETERBOROUGH
  • 06 Oct             Cecil Sharp House, LONDON
  • 07 Oct            Wiltshire Music Centre, BRADFORD ON AVON
  • 08 Oct            Guildhall Arts Centre, GRANTHAM
  • 09 Oct            Topsham Folk Club, TOPSHAM
  • 12 Oct            West End Centre, ALDERSHOT
  • 15 Oct            Homegrown, Bury Met, BURY
  • 21 Oct            Hartlepool Folk Festival, HARTLEPOOL