19 April Wednesday -The Rheingans Sisters (UK)
Wednesday 19 April, 8.30pm
The Rheingans Sisters (UK)
2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Rheingans Sisters are in Australia for the first time, as they tour their critically acclaimed new album Already Home
“Quite simply extraordinary” fROOTS
“Superb” THE INDEPENDENT
““a duo of considerable abilities and imaginations to match” and … a magnificent album”* * * * *SONGLINES
The Rheingans Sisters’ debut album Glad Gold Hearts was released in 2013 to quiet but widespread critical acclaim in the folk music press. Nominated for Best Group and Best Newcomer in the Songlines Music Awards.
fRoots called Glad Gold Hearts ‘a subtle gem’. It was clear there was more to come from this duo.
In an in-depth interview with Anna and Rowan in the latest edition of fRoots Magazine, the story of how and why their second album has had such a huge and profound impact on the folk music world, is explored Music journalist Tim Chipping believes part of the reason for the success of Already Home is that “it isn’t merely a collection of fiddle tunes by gifted and experienced players. It is, for those of us who still believe in these things, a proper album. It has a certain sound and identity, quite enchantingly so.”
Already Home is a record in the original sense of the word: this is a record of musicians playing together and responding to each other in a particular place and at a particular time. Recorded live over just five days in a remote forest studio in Wales, this is an album of connection: exploring the links between music rooted in different places, between old songs and new and between two players of distinct style and reference.
And as Anna and Rowan spend most of their time living far apart, immersed in separate musical worlds, it is also about the particular connection and re-connection of two sisters, their shared early lives immersed in folk music and their separate musical journeys since. Their duo is a bold, original, bright and playful partnership that has resulted in truly innovative music, drawing on their rich knowledge of traditions but refusing to be bound by them.
In addition to their duelling fiddles and voices, Already Home (produced by the sisters themselves) features a rich tapestry of banjo, bansitar, viola, kantele, feet, percussion as well as atmospheric found-sounds including bird song, rain, wind and ocean.
Rowan says of Already Home, “I feel like Already Home is the most honest, intimate album we’ve made and it’s a nuanced, thoughtful record which I think reflects the last few years of our musical lives. We’ve both dug deeper into our musical landscapes and made composition a more central part of what we do. I think we are clearer about the kind of atmosphere we want our music to create and we’ve taken more risks to try and get there”.
On stage, the pair connect with each other, play freely and have lots of space for improvisation, which is where the magic happens.
More information, tour dates and live videos:
‘Already Home’ promotional video:
General Admission, Concession, Drinks & Show
22 June 2016
Date: 19 April 2017
Start time: 20:30
End time: 23:00
Venue: Foundry 616
Phone: 02 9211 9442