plus Burning Glass with Mick and Penny Verrier
Tickets £8 plus membership
Early bird tickets £7 before 5th Feb
Hailed as a true original and aptly described as ‘folk noir’, Mary’s fragile, haunting voice perfectly conveys the surreal satires, bitter sweet romanticism and incisive wit of her songs.
Her recently released album FOLLY received four stars in Q and Uncut magazines and was described by The Times as being “very English, very unusual, and proof that if you want to make art, you just have to ignore debilitating forces and get on with it. Mary Hampton’s Folly shows that it will always be possible to make challenging, original music in one way or another”.
Mary Hampton CotillionMary has brought together a live band of string and horn players known as the Mary Hampton Cotillion, featuring Alice Eldridge on cello, Seth Bennett on double bass, Jo Burke on vocals and fiddle, and Alistair Strachan on horns and percussion.
The Cotillion have toured from the top to the tail of the British Isles - literally, from Aviemore to the Isle of Sark - and last year played on the continent for the first time.
The band will be playing songs from FOLLY, which has garnered much critical praise:
UnCut - Top Ten Folk Albums of 2011
Folk Roots - Nominee for Album of the Year 2011
Uncut **** - " Enchanting second..antique sound and surreal lyricism...an eerie, austere charm... "
Songlines *** - " ..palpable and surreally cinematic, almost expressionist...takes you as a listener into an imaginative world that doesn't seem to have any familiar models, but is quite uniquely itself."
Shindig! - "..it is a stunning piece of work: uncomfortable, complicated, ancient with folk tradition yet scorched with avant-garde modernity...unique lyrical skill...frontier spirit"
Here is a video for the 7" single Honey in the Rock, released by Rough Trade records last year.