Twelfth Day + Polly Preacher

Twelfth Day + Polly Preacher

19th November 2019

In the wordless communication that passes between violinist Catriona Price and harpist Esther Swift as they perform, the strength of their decade-long musical partnership, friendship and shared humour is evident. It’s this depth of connection, and tangible desire to have fun, that gives Twelfth Day its extra edge.

Though Twelfth Day wear their rich and varied experience with pride – their folk roots, their classical training – this duo are more than a simple product, an exponent, of their practice. It is their inherent curiosity, their need to understand through experimentation, that compels them to create their unique, genre-bending music.

Their songs confront societal conventions by exploring a wealth of urgent current issues, such as gender roles, power balance and the challenges of working in the arts as a young woman; the threat of climate change and society’s reluctance to act; and the struggles of mental health.

In their new album Face to Face (out November 2019, and their first featuring their full band - with whom they play tonight) their multi-layered influences come together to create something entirely individual. There’s the radio-friendly catchiness and self-proclaimed respect for Beyoncé; there’s the swagger and surprise of jazz and funk; there’s the precision and technique of classical. The only label to truly hit the high note is ‘contemporary’: Face To Face could only be made now, and only by Twelfth Day.

“a boldly brilliant record, suffused with dark humour and wildly inventive musicianship” ***** fRoots

"genre-blending style that is both edgy and inventive. . . A bold, intriguing set." **** The Guardian

“challenging, virtuosic music that is far more than the sum of its parts” **** The Skinny

“one of the most rewarding listening experiences to be placed before an audience this year.” Folk Radio UK

“they’re absolutely being themselves. . .The album is so varied. It takes you by surprise. . .Every track is something different.” Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Record Review

“Lovely new record. . .quirky and unusual “ Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music

Youtube links:
Keep Me (official video)
Great Green (live)
Cracks (Official video)
Stop Talking About It (Official video)



Polly Preacher was birthed in 2015 as a musical project by Ashleagh Claire Hurren. Her distinct sound marries "hooky melodies to a rich, atmospheric undercurrent" (Folk East)

She started making lo-fi bedroom recordings, which became the debut EP ‘The Bad Thing’ - sandwiching jangly pop in between freak-folk and acapella. She quickly began appearing on line-ups around the south-east, notably with the support of Antigen Records, who she started playing regularly on bills for – and opening for Rozi Plain, Jeffrey Lewis and Robyn Hitchcock.

Her next single Oh No, Oh Dear was hand-picked by Tom Robinson for BBC 6 Music Mixtape and received support from BBC Introducing. This was followed by a cover of The Cranberries’ When You’re Gone - which lead to an interview on BBC 1 News about the release. In Summer 2019 she gave a live BBC Introducing session with full band.

"Polly Preacher is wonky folk troubadour Ashleagh Hurren. Singer of wistful, idiosyncratic songs, imbued with otherworldly innocence and subliminal menace” - Antigen Records

“A crepuscular, witty electric folk... There are a few shades of Kristen Hersh, perhaps even a little Lupen Crook, but for the most part a Polly Preacher song follows its own pattern." - Misfit City

"Bewitching electric folk" - Folk East

Tickets £12 / £10 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, starts 8pm.

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