Alasdair Roberts (SCO) + Emma Gatrill (UK)
The Avantgardistic State likes to see traditional formats subverted, whilst retaining their original charm. AS in the work of the renowned folk artists Alasdair Roberts. All art is fluid to some extent, or so we like to think…
Acclaimed Scottish folk musician Alasdair Roberts has a long track record of multidisciplinary work, with many film, theatre, and literary projects to his name. His musical collaborations include working with Neil Young, Jason Molina, Incredible String Band and the archive of Alan Lomax. Amongst many other things, Roberts contributed music to the soundtrack of Fowler’s 2011 film about revolutionary psychologist, R.D. Laing (‘All Divided Selves’) and on the remarkable Scottish musician-poet collaboration LP, ‘Ballad of the Book’ (2007). Roberts’ is, of course, best known for his solo work and that with his band, Appendix Out. A new solo record, ‘Pangs’, was released this year on Drag City.
Emma Gatrill is a multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, UK. Her debut, 2012’s Chapter I, was a poignant collection of songs based around her then-latest acquisition – the harp. Subtly accompanied by various members of Brighton’s Willkommen Collective, her intricate harp playing coupled with a unique vocal fragility drew comparisons to Björk and Joni Mitchell as well as her friends and co-conspirators Rachael Dadd and Rozi Plain.