Bottle is the first album by the dream duo – Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen. These highly regarded artists from either side of the Atlantic have come together and mixed hardcore ‘Americana’ with hardcore ‘Anglicana’ and the results are inventive and thrilling. Made up of traditional material from both sides of the pond – and influences altogether other – Bottle, features fiddle, electric guitar, banjo and bass drum and is brimming with passion and energy. The 13 tracks include Buffalo, Logan’s Lament and Castle By the Sea from America, alongside the Copper Family’s Cats and Dogs, May Song and Whitby Lad from our own shores. The two artists have known each other for the best part of twenty years and had wanted to record together for some time. It was only on tours of the UK during 2013 and 2014 that they found the opportunity to do so. Bottle is the stunning result.
Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American traditional music with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. Tim combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto – a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass – creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges across three solo albums of northern roots American music. Eriksen’s compositions have also been featured in films including Billy Bob Thornton’s Chrystal and the documentary Behold the Earth. Eriksen’s other notable work includes contributions to Anthony Minghella’s 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain and the 2010 Grammy-nominated album Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz pianist Omar Sosa.
Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a twenty-six year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Joan Baez. In 2014, Eliza recorded an acclaimed duo album with her father, the legendary guitarist, Martin Carthy – and at the 2015 BBC 6Music Festival, she performed live with rap/poet Kate Tempest. Eliza was recently awarded an MBE, is an Artistic Associate of The Sage in Gateshead and vice president of the English Folk Dance & Song Society.