I’m playing at CB2 in Cambridge on Saturday 3 September – a week today.
I love this place and I’ll be playing unplugged here. Just dusting off my guitars and getting ready to explain my ideas about “invisible music” to you all — including a couple of lovely old folk songs, their subliminal influences on my songs, and then their continuations into prose, with a couple of readings from my beloved Angela Carter.
Hope you can come along! And I might need someone with a lovely voice to read a couple of passages out…any volunteers?
I’m playing two shows in September (on 3/9 and 22/9) as the summer winds down, at which I’d love to share some of my recent discoveries about crossovers in books and music, observations which have been fuelling my studies.
I will be playing some traditional folksongs, some of my own songs which have been very influenced by folksongs (songs like The Woods, and Something to Remember Me By), and reading some prose extracts from Angela Carter’s books to reveal her intimate rhythmic relationship with folk. I’d love for you to be there.
3 September 2016 – Cambridge
Acoustic Routes – tickets
CB2 Bistro, Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1
I’m headlining this evening in a gorgeous basement venue playing to intimate audiences, a perfect gig, and with support from My Girl the River and Crooked Tree.
22 September 2016 – London
Ham & High Literary Festival
Venue tbc, London
I’ll be sharing an evening with Kathryn Williams playing her song inspired by Sylvia Plath, and Eddi Reader singing songs of Robbie Burns. More details about this gig to follow.
I begin my PhD in October at UEA studying the presence of the singing body in literature and how musical cadences can be transcoded into prose.
All my best to you all and hopefully see you soon!
It’s with a heavy heart that I need to tell you that I’ve had to pull out of the Kathryn Williams tour in April and May for very real and pressing family reasons. The universe obviously has other plans for me right now.
However — Kathryn will now be supported by someone properly wonderful — I’ll let her tell you all about it. I do hope you might still go to the shows and support these two extraordinary women, the gigs will be nights to remember. I’m just so gutted I can’t be there!!
Soon, soon, I’ll be allowed out of my box… my apologies to you all, I’ll tell you more about it when the dust settles…. and for now I’ll just keep writing songs and working on album 4…. see you soon. xx
As you may know, Polly was awarded a creative bursary by EFDSS to explore the traditional folk songs that she believes influenced the writer Angela Carter.
On Tue 17 March it’s the third and final day of Polly working with Maz O’Connor, Jack Harris, and John Parker next Tue 17 March 2015 and they’ll be doing what they are calling an informal “sharing” of the work they’ve done so far at 5pm until about 5.45pm.
It’s an open-door thing, so if you’d be interested to come along to this and hear what they’ve been up to, please email email@example.com she’ll try to save you a seat…
They are working up some versions of folk songs that Polly has a theory may have inspired Angela Carter’s beautiful feminist magic surrealist texts — and which she’s researching as part of a Masters programme at King’s College London.
The ensemble will be doing an informal ‘sharing’ of their work on the afternoon of March 12 at Cecil Sharp House. If you are interested in coming, tweet Polly @pollypaulusma.