Two of the British folk scene’s top performers have teamed up for some duo/double header shows to perform their own and each other’s music. Since Daniels' landmark solo statement What's Here What's Gone in 2014, he's put down several more markers on the musical map. Revolve and Rotate had him transporting the 19th century's closest thing to hi-fi, the giant steel discs of the *polyphon, to modern transcription. All of this, in the context of a career playing melodeon for acts like Jethro Tull and Riverdance.
Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated folk musicians of her generation, and has to date won 6 Folk Awards from BBC Radio 2 including 2015 Folk Singer of the Year, Horizon Award 2000, Best Duo 2003 and again in 2011 with James Fagan. This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity.
*The polyphon is a disc-playing music box, a mechanical device manufactured in Leipzig, Germany in 1880. Disc projections, called plectra, engage with a series of ratchet-like star wheels that, when moved through 40 degrees on their axis, pluck 120 teeth on the instrument's bed plate and comb. These teeth then resonate, sounding predetermined notes. Upon the musical comb, the fast treble notes are sounded furthest from the centre and the slower base notes nearest the centre. Newly manufactured 19 and 5/8th inch diameter steel discs rotate at 1.4 rpm and perform the first new music written for Polyphon in over a century.
Watch Luke and Nancy perform the Ti Tree Waltz: