Angeline Morrison’s songs of sorrow on Leap Year night to be followed by Kabantu’s global folk originals tomorrow at NCEM

Angeline Morrison: Exploring traditional song with curiosity

SEEKING to make the most of the extra day in this Leap Year? Head to the National Centre for Early Music, in York, tonight to discover why the Guardian picked Angeline Morrison’s The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs Of Black British Experience (Topic Records) as the number one folk album of 2022.

Birmingham-born, Cornwall-based folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Morrison explores traditional song with reverence, love and curiosity, a handmade sonic aesthetic and a feeling for the stories of ordinary human lives. York singer-songwriter Holly Taymar supports at 7.30pm. 

Kabantu: Expansive sonic arsenal

Tomorrow night, Kabantu “celebrate the space where different cultures meet” in their 7.30pm NCEM concert. Their name means “of the people”, stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu: “I am who I am because of who we all are”.

In the line-up are Katie Foster, violin, whistling, vocals; Eddie Ogleguitar, vocals;
Ali McMath, double bass, didgeridoo, banjo, vocals, and Delia Stevenspercussion, vocals.

Kabantu’s musicians wield an expansive sonic arsenal. Originally classically trained, they draw on an intricate palette of colours curated from their own wide listening to collaboratively write original music influenced by folk music from around the globe. Box office: 01904 658338 or