“A gift to be savoured like a summer breeze, performed by an artist who knows her craft and isn’t afraid to reach for new timbres”
FOR FOLK’S SAKE
“A finely balanced set of songs and a genuine call to arms in a therapeutic and at times spiritual alternative to the intense nature of device driven modern life”
LOUDER THAN WAR
“Never less than fascinating, this is quality writing. Recommended”
“A beautifully crafted album that creates its own mood. Its secrets reveal themselves more as time goes by. Don’t let it drift past unnoticed”
“Grab a paddle, get in the boat and sail with her”
FOLK RADIO UK
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
20.09.19 AMSTERDAM Vondelkerk (NL)
26.09.19 VLIELAND Podium (NL)
27.09.19 LEUVEN Irish College * (BE)
29.09.19 AVELGEM Kasteel Bossuit ** (BE)
04.10.19 BERLIN Bewegung *** (DE)
05.10.19 BERLIN Bewegung *** (DE)
* opening for Jai Jagdeesh
** Suntribe Natural Dance Festival
*** Concert & Workshop Lernen
UK CANOE TOUR
What Does The River Say?
19.10.19 CARDIGAN Bara Menyn Bakehouse
20.10.19 BUILTH WELLS Buzzards Nest
24.10.19 ABERGAVENNY Apple Land 2019, Three Pools
25.10.19 GARWAY Community Centre
21.11.19 BRIGHTON Rosehill Tavern
‘The Canoe’ is the third album by Brighton based singer-songwriter Carrie Tree. The listener is drawn into her world of mystical storytelling and sublime melody through the production and arrangements of Markus Sieber (known for his ambient acoustic recordings as Aukai) who creates a spatial, delicate sound that allows Carrie’s mesmeric voice and rhythmic, ﬂuid guitar style to take centre stage, with piano and other instrumentation adding to the soundscape.
The album song ’Human Kindness’ is inspired by homelessness and the refugee crisis, with Carrie stating: “I was aware of the desperation and need for volunteers and felt compelled to try and help, so I spent a couple of weeks at a refugee camp in Calais and wrote it after talking to a man who had fled his war-torn country with just the clothes he was wearing. In a wider sense, the song is also about the fundamental human need for ‘home' and the link between a sense of belonging and kindness, but this is a raw and painful struggle for so many. In Calais I met people who had seen their homes and lands destroyed and had become separated from their families. It is history repeating itself once again.
The terms ‘asylum seeker’ and ‘migrant’ are used so often, but I can feel distant when hearing them. When I saw what these people needed, it felt much more real to me than these labels. Every person has a name, a beating heart, dreams and loves. It connected me to the universal needs of every human being."
Carrie and multi-instrumentalist Keith Ellis have teamed up to perform songs from 'The Canoe’ around the UK and mainland Europe with voice, guitar, piano and clarinet, with the latest leg taking in several Welsh dates in October to be followed by a home town show in Brighton in November.
Travelling alongside them on this tour is the question 'What does the river say?’ Being concerned by the many environmental and social issues of our time, their intention is to help bring about a deeper appreciation of the rivers, waterways and subtle ecosystems of both the land and of the rivers within ourselves. Spending time on each local river prior to the concerts, they will also collect local stories to share, with storytellers and dedicated ecologists invited to each show as guest speakers to further explore this question.
Carrie Tree has been an established figure in the UK folk scene for a decade. In true nomadic style, she has spent her entire adult life travelling the world with her music, stirring and softening hearts along the way. With an uncanny ability to reach into the traditions of the lands she visits, she touches a place deep inside the hearts of her listeners wherever she performs. She has collaborated live an in the studio with the likes of Damien Rice, Fink, Albert Mazibuko (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Carly Simon, Rumer, Martha Tilston and Andy Barlow of Lamb.