Congratulations to Songs of Separation, who it’s just been announced, have been nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Album and Best Traditional Track for Echo Mocks The Corncrake. In the best album category, they’re up againt Jarlath Henderson for Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, Jim Moray for Upcetera, Martin Green for Flit and Shirley Collins for Lodestar whilst the best tradional track category sees them facing off against Jarlath Henderson for Courting Is a Pleasure, Daoirí Farrell for Van Diemen’s Land and Julie Murphy for Willie Taylor.
The collaborative recording project which reflects, through song, the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, features ten of England and Scotland’s most celebrated female contemporary folk artists, Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Rowan Rheingans, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, Kate Young, Jenn Butterworth, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Jenny Hill (who conceived the project).
Recorded in the fairy-tale setting of the Isle of Eigg (in the Scottish Inner Hebrides) and set in the context of a post-referendum world, ‘Songs of Separation’ is not simply a beautiful collection of traditional and self-penned songs, but also aims to prompt new thinking about the issue of separation as it occurs in all our lives. The process of developing the music was documented and shared with audiences each day, through a range of videos.