This is something that we’ve been looking forward to for a while!
The album was mixed January 2012 in the legendary Rainbow studio in Oslo, and will be released on March 18th, 2013. It reflects not only my long musical relationship with June Tabor (25 years!) but also a shared approach with Iain of finding a simple,direct and heartfelt way of expressing ourselves musically. I don’t think June’s fans will be disappointed (this isn’t an attempt at a jazz/folk crossover) but at the same time the collaborative nature of this recording makes it very different to any of the previous albums I have made with June. Of course, as ever, June sings with heart stopping beauty and an emotional directness that cuts right to the essence of each song. She really is in a category of one!
Here’s the official blurb from Sound UK….
Quercus brings together three of the UK’s most creative, multi award winning musicians to create exquisite chamber music that weaves together the essence of folk and jazz. Drawing on their life’s work including original compositions, traditional folk songs and reclaimed standards, Quercus subtly colours each song to create a magical atmosphere.
Two time winner of the BBC Folk Awards Singer of the Year, June Tabor rose to fame in the mid ‘70’s and has maintained a high profile career ever since, working with the likes of Maddy Prior and the Oyster Band amongst many others. Listed in the BBC’s 100 Jazz Legends, Iain Ballamy is one of the UK’s most widely celebrated jazz musicians and composers, enjoying an international career stretching from Scandinavia to India. Welsh pianist Huw Warren’s distinctive and enticing music has led to collaborations with Maria Pia de Vito, Mark Feldman and Erik Truffaz. Together they create beautifully poignant music that forges June’s intensely passionate voice with Iain’s gloriously mellifluous melodies and Huw’s off-kilter musicality, to tell of life’s bitter sweet tales.
14 April The Stables, Milton Keynes Box office: 01908 280800
25 April St George’s Bristol Tickets: £18; £15; £12 Box office: 0845 402 4001
27 April The Sage Gateshead Box office: 0191 443 4661
The Sage Gateshead
29 April Warwick Arts Centre Box office: 024 7652 4524
Warwick Arts Centre
30 April LSO St Luke’s, London Box office: 020 7638 8891
LSO St Luke’s
31 May Salisbury Festival, Salisbury