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The Folk Effect

Ondervinden invites you to 'The Folk Effect'
One Week. Five Bands. Six New Songs


Supported by public funding from Arts Council England, 'The Folk Effect' is a free, online, high-speed music-writing event programmed over six days.

Five folk bands from across the UK will each have twenty-four hours to write a new song. In a celebration of creativity and togetherness, this new song must be directly inspired by the one created and live streamed the day before. The new compositions will be streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and the Ondervinden website at 19:00 from Monday 2nd November to Saturday 7th November. Links can be found below.

In addition, emerging artist Jo May has been commissioned to create a lino-cut portrait of each band. Her film of this process will be edited with that of the performances and shown in a final omnibus streaming of all the new pieces on Saturday 7th November.

The artists taking part are:


Each group will be writing an original folk song for the project.

Hazel Askew - daughter of two Morris dancers, she grew up immersed in the traditions and tales of English folk music and now takes part in the next evolution of the folk-music tradition: online collaborations.
Based - London
Music - singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer inspired by folk traditions
Credits - composer for Ben Crystal Company at Shakespeare's Globe, Darren Ellis Dance, More Films, The Hampstead Players and Shakespeare in Styria
Awards - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Album in 2017 as part of Songs of Separation.
Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards
Performance - live on national radio and the folk scene
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Twelfth Day - duo who travelled to Quebec, Malawi, Brazil, and Mongolia, sharing folk music traditions with local musicians, now find new ways of making, connecting and collaborating online.
Members - Catriona Price and Esther Swift
Based - Edinburgh
Music – Genre-bending Folk with classical influences
Nominations - Face to Face (album 2019), in the ‘Innovation in New Traditional Music’ category at the Scottish Awards for New Music
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The Moonlands - determined to be the first band to play on the moon, The Moonlands are using this new remote virtual-event as an initial step to distanced performance.
Members – Tenzin Stephen, Nick Murray, Matt Harold and Mischa Stevens
Based - Edinburgh & Glasgow
usic - rustic historical ballads to funk astral love songs
Credits - Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2019 (3 nights); music for Léa Luiz de Oliveira’s Scottish Documentary Institute short I Don’t Want To Call It Home
Performance - Glasgow’s Flat-Gig Scene
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Isla Ratcliff - music academic who wrote thesis on the role music played in the 2016 Scottish Referendum, now looking at new evolutions of collaborative folk music sharing process.
Members - Isla Ratcliff
Based – Edinburgh
Music - fiddle player, singer, and composer; MA in Traditional Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Performance - Celtic Connections, Cambridge Folk Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week and with Stramash Cèilidh Band
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Rambootan - spotlight shone on Ondervinden’s music department in an era where theatre is forcibly semi-retired. Music Director’s band RAMBOOTAN leads new online music collaboration project.
Members - Jonathan Ip, Peru Eizagirre, Joe Nichols, Stefan Celosia
Based - Glasgow
Music - Funk & Amp; neo-soul
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Commissioned Artist Jo May - emerging artist who creates traditional lino cut portraits of bands for new online folk music event.
Based - Cornwall
Work - puppetry; wood sculpture; lino print
Trained - Puppetry (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)
Performances and Exhibitions - The V&A, Skipton Puppetry Festival, Continuum Festival; Brighton Fringe.
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